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Paddle Longa Island
Big Sands, Gairloch © Cory Jones

Paddle the Islands of Wester Ross - Longa Island

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Longa Island is situated off Big Sands, Gairloch. A kayak around Longa is always an adventure. Join our guides who will take you to Longa and let you explore the island on foot. 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 –

‘Paddle Longa Island’

“Longa” meaning Ship Island in old Norse, is only 0.49 sq miles in size. Its highest point, Druim am Eilean, is just 70 metres above sea level. Although this is a small island it is a very familiar landmark ling just off the coast from Big Sands and the Big Sands Campsite.

The island was last inhabited by a small fishing community in the early 19th century but has not been lived on since those times. The land on the island consists mainly of a rocky and sparse sandstone base covered with grass and heather. There is a range of birds which nest on the island including Great Skua which we would hope to see on our journey.

We intended to explore the coastline around Longa and circumnavigate the island, stopping off on one of the beaches to explore a little by foot.

Here is a blog form someone we previously took on this journey. Been a Longa Time Coming.

COVID-19 information

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

Tour prices


  • £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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