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Book your activity holiday with Europe's No.1 Adventure Travel Company - Wilderness Scotland

Our sea kayaking holidays and courses offer a wonderful way to explore the coastlines of the Highlands and Islands.

And before you ask – no, you don’t need to be able to do an eskimo roll!

In fact, many of our trips are suitable for people with limited experience of sea kayaking and we have a course for beginners too.

If you prefer some comfort while sea kayaking, our range of ‘Scottish Sea Kayak Trail‘ trips are based from welcoming hotels and inns, with day paddles on the sea. Similarly, our Introduction to Sea Kayaking trip is based from a private bunkhouse, so you are back indoors each night.

Our more challenging trips are expedition style, with wild camping on remote beaches and islands – a genuine wilderness experience. The West Coast Explorer is an excellent choice if you want to try camping – it combines stays in a remote bunkhouse with some nights camping under the stars to get the best of both worlds!


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Customer Kudos

Every client receives a feedback survey when they return from their guided, self guided or tailor made holiday with us.

Once completed the review is published on our website just as soon as our database updates. The little touches and details are important to us and where issues are raised we make positive changes to our trips to improve your experience.

That's why we read each of our client's reviews and although we don't respond to all of them, if it's glowing feedback then we get the satisfaction of helping to make your holidays truly memorable.

Sea Kayaking - The Summer Isles
The extreme weather made it difficult to really enjoy the trip as much as I would have liked. However, under any other conditions, it would be an exceptional experience.

Mike Lewis
27/05/2013

5

Sea Kayaking - Introduction Course
Had an amazing time. Really, really fantastic. Would highly recommend wilderness Scotland to others.

Katie Donaldson
27/06/2015

5

Sea Kayaking - Introduction Course
I would not hesitate to recommend your trips or to book another.
It all went very smoothly. I learnt to kayak, enjoyed myself, everything was well organised and I was lucky to have a nice friendly group.

I have done many organised trips (mostly self-guided, active) over the years in various places Wilderness Scotland have been the best so far.

Melanie Graham
27/06/2014

5

Rated 4.8 out of 5 based on 321 reviews of Sea Kayaking

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If you find yourself overwhelmed by the choice, or if you have questions about your fitness or suitability for any of these holidays, please feel free to contact our office on +44 (0)1479 420020 or by email.

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118 review(s)

Sea Kayaking - Introduction Course

Next available trip: 26th September        Duration: 4 night(s)
Location: North West Highlands    
Comfort: Basic
Difficulty: 1
  • Combine learning essential sea kayaking skills with the opportunity to experience some of the best sea kayaking in Scotland
  • Develop your paddling techniques on beautiful Upper Loch Torridon before exploring the Applecross Peninsula
  • At the end of a day on the water, relax with a hot shower, fantastic food and a comfortable bed

Price: from £645

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28 review(s)

Sea Kayaking - West Coast Explorer

Next available trip: 11th June        Duration: 5 night(s)
Location: West Highlands including Knoydart    
Comfort: Basic
Difficulty: 4
  • Discover the fabulous sea kayaking on Scotland's west coast, exploring locations such as Plockton, Skye and Knoydart
  • Experience an overnight sea kayaking expedition, packing everything you need into your kayak and wild camping
  • Revel in the flexibility of an itinerary which combines some nights indoors and other nights camping wild - the best of both worlds

Price: from £775

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29 review(s)

Sea Kayaking - Scottish Sea Kayak Trail North - Gaelic Coast

Next available trip: 28th May        Duration: 5 night(s)
Location: North West Highlands    
Comfort: Classic
Difficulty: 4
  • Discover the wonderful kayaking to be had on the most northerly section of the Scottish Sea Kayak Trail
  • Complete the triology of Scottish Sea Kayak Trail holidays with this kayak trip which explores Plockton and the Summer Isles
  • At the end of a day on the water, relax with a hot shower, fantastic food and a comfortable bed
  • Link this trip with our 'Scottish Sea Kayak Trail Central - The Jacobite Coast' trip, and also the Scottish Sea Kayak Trail South - The Whisky Coast trip, which run on consecutive dates. Join all three trips for an epic sea kayaking adventure

Price: from £975

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Sea Kayaking - Scottish Sea Kayak Trail South - The Whisky Coast

Next available trip: 18th June        Duration: 5 night(s)
Location: West Highlands including Knoydart    
Comfort: Classic
Difficulty: 5
  • The Scottish Sea Kayak Trail has made the National Geographic's 2011 '50 Tours of a Lifetime' and Outside Magazine's coveted 'Travel Hot List for 2011'
  • No camping, just comfortable beds, hot showers, excellent local restaurants and a little tipple on the way
  • Sea Kayak from the Isle of Gigha to Oban, passing many beautiful Hebridean islands along the way
  • Link this trip with our 'Scottish Sea Kayak Trail: Central - The Jacobite Coast' trip, and also the Scottish Sea Kayak Trail North - The Gaelic Coast trip, which run on consecutive dates. Join all three trips for an epic sea kayaking adventure

Price: from £975

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Sea Kayaking - Scottish Sea Kayak Trail Central - The Jacobite Coast

Next available trip: 5th September        Duration: 5 night(s)
Location: West Highlands including Knoydart    
Comfort: Classic
Difficulty: 5
  • The Scottish Sea Kayak Trail has made the National Geographic's 2011 'Tours of a Lifetime' and the Outside Magazine' coveted 'Travel Hot List for 2011'
  • Sea Kayak through some of the best scenery on the Scottish Sea Kayak Trail and explore the history behind Bonnie Prince Charlie
  • No camping, just comfortable beds, hot showers and excellent local restaurants/pubs!
  • Link this trip with our 'Scottish Sea Kayak Trail: South - The Whisky Coast' trip and also the Scottish Sea Kayak Trail North - The Gaelic Coast trip, which run on consecutive dates. Join all three trips for an epic sea kayaking adventure!

Price: from £975

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13 review(s)

Sea Kayaking - Sound of Arisaig

Location: West Highlands including Knoydart    
Difficulty: 6
  • Paddle through the crystal clear waters of the Sound of Arisaig, which are home to a rich diversity of wildlife
  • Explore a wilderness of white-sand beaches and secluded islands on Scotland's west coast
  • Develop your sea kayaking skills in an expedition environment in the company of our experienced and qualified guides
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Sea Kayaking - The Summer Isles

Location: North West Highlands    
Difficulty: 6
  • Sea Kayak through the Summer Isles, explore this little known archipelago of wild coastlines, natural rock arches and white-sand beaches
  • Paddle the crystal clear waters, enjoying spectacular views of the coastal mountains as you travel
  • Camp in beautiful, remote spots with spectacular views of the surrounding islands and coastlines
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12 review(s)

Sea Kayaking - The Orkney Isles

Location: Orkney and Shetland Isles    
Comfort: Basic
Difficulty: 8
  • Be one of the few to experience sea kayaking in the Orkney Isles, led by our experienced senior guide
  • Discover the delights of the Orkney Isles by sea kayak, with its towering sea cliffs, fantastic natural arches and caves, as well as its fabulous wildlife
  • Develop your sea kayaking skills while experiencing the best wilderness paddling in the UK
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Sea Kayaking - Outer Hebrides Wild Coasts

Location: Outer Hebrides and St Kilda    
Difficulty: 7
  • Sea kayak on pristine azure waters gazing at the spectacular coast line of Harris
  • Venture along remote coastlines and explore uninhabited islands on this sea kayaking holiday in the Hebrides
  • Enjoy the comfort and convenience of base camp sea kayaking - leaving us with more time to sea kayak
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3 review(s)

Sea Kayaking - Wild Shetland

Location: Orkney and Shetland Isles    
Comfort: Basic
Difficulty: 9
  • Be one of the few to experience sea kayaking in the Shetland Isles, on this trip led by our Head Guide, Myles Farnbank
  • Discover the delights of the Shetland Isles by sea kayak, with its fantastic natural arches, sea stacks and caves
  • Develop your sea kayaking skills while experiencing the best wilderness paddling in the UK
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5 Differences: River and Sea Kayaking

Posted on Aug 06, 2015 by Meike van Krimpen

sea kayaking in Upper Loch Torridon

As someone familiar with river kayaking for over 5 years, I had quite a few preconceptions about trying out sea kayaking for the first time. I’ll be honest, a small part of me thought that it was going to be a bit boring in comparison to river kayaking. With the absence of rapids, rocks and […]

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Film: Sea Kayaking in the West Coast

Posted on Jul 13, 2015 by Rupert Shanks

Film- Sea Kayaking in the West Coast

Skirting the tiny islands at the mouth of the loch, we glide over its glassy surface. Guardian journalist, Michael Tait joined us for our West Coast Explorer Trip and his poetic reaction is something to behold! We were pretty confident that we could treat Guardian journalist Michael Tait to a great experience as he joined us […]

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