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Canoe iconic Loch Maree
Loch Maree, Wester Ross © Cory Jones

Paddle the Islands of Wester Ross - Loch Maree

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Join our group heading out to explore theislands of Loch Maree with an expert local guide. Groups can contact us about private tours on

Paddle the islands of Wester Ross

2021 is Scotland’s Year of Coasts and Waters. To celebrate this event Gairloch Canoe and Kayak Centre is hold a series of kayak and canoe trips to paddle most celebrated islands of Wester Ross. These experiences will form part of VisitScotland’s ‘Year of Coasts and Waters’ event series.

The four events in our ‘Paddle the Islands’ series will be –

We can organsie these trips as private guided experiences, please email us for a quote –

Loch Maree is a National Nature Reserve and a core part of the Wester Ross Biosphere Reserve. It is a haven for wildlife with populations of white-tailed eagles and black throated divers as well as many of the 66 islands on the loch being home to 8,000-year-old Caledonian pine forest.

In 1877 Queen Victoria visited the area and stayed on the shores of Loch Maree, taking boat trips out onto the islands and painting watercolours. We intend to visit Isle Maree which holds an amazing amount of history and some wonderful legends. The island has been used as a religious site by Christians and Pagans and there are clues that it was even an important Druid site. On the island are the remains of what is believed to be the 8th Century hermitage of Saint Máel Ruba. Queen Victoria visited Isle Maree and read a short sermon to her gillies, she then fixed her offering in the wishing-tree. The tree still remains.

We intended to explore Loch Maree by canoe and stopping off to explore a number of the islands by foot.

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In recognition that this business has confirmed that they have followed government and industry COVID-19 guidelines, ensuring processes are in place to maintain cleanliness and aid social/physical distancing.

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Gairloch Canoe and Kayak Centre
Shieldaig Lodge Hotel
IV21 2AN

Key facilities

Parking Parking
Bespoke Private Small Group (1-16)
Adventure Canoeing/Kayaking Wildlife

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  • £90 Per Adult
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Gairloch Canoe and Kayak Centre

Sea Kayaking Day or Half day trips around Gairloch, Loch Ewe and Loch Maree. See seals and more... Canoe Loch Maree – A canoe on iconic Loch Maree and around its islands is a wonderful experience. We can take you on a full or half day kayaking adventure around our wonderful coastline. Trips are run by local guides who know the area well and are experts on wildlife spotting. We want you to enjoy a relaxed paddle and will choose a venue for depending on your experience, local tides and weather conditions. Paddle the Islands of Wester Ross - events for the 2020 Year of Caost & Waters.

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Opening Times

1 Jan 2019 - 31 Dec 2019

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