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Sea Kayaking Holidays

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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 if you join us for a kayak holiday!

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 sea kayaking holidays 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 on your kayak holiday!


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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 - Island Hopping in the Outer Hebrides
Exellent

Matthew Dunn
07/09/2014

5

Sea Kayaking - Sound of Arisaig
Very exciting trip, West Scotland / Arisaig coast stunning. Weather was appalling but Howard our excellent guide found ways of getting us safely out on the water all the same and to have a brilliant all round out-door paddling/camping experience! Thank you.

Cathy Jacobs
08/09/2013

5

Sea Kayaking - The Orkney Isles

Ewan Robertson
12/07/2015

5

Rated 4.8 out of 5 based on 424 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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35 review(s)

Sea Kayaking - West Coast Explorer

Next available trip: 3rd 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 £895

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

Next available trip: 17th 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 £1,175

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

Next available trip: 6th May        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 £1,175

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Sea Kayaking - The Scottish Highlands

Next available trip: 10th June        Duration: 5 night(s)
Location: North West Highlands    
Comfort: Classic
Difficulty: 2
  • Experience the scenery from the land as well as the sea; take a break from the kayaks to enjoy an easy hike
  • Our 1:4 guides to client ratio ensures you get the attention you need to learn essential sea kayaking skills
  • After an adventurous day enjoy the comforts of a friendly Highland Inn on the shores of Loch Torridon

Price: from £1,195

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Sea Kayaking - Introduction Course

Next available trip: 6th May        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 £775

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Sea Kayaking - Scottish Sea Kayak Trail North - Gaelic Coast

Next available trip: 1st July        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 £1,175

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Sea Kayaking - Sound of Arisaig

Next available trip: 13th May        Duration: 5 night(s)
Location: West Highlands including Knoydart    
Difficulty: 5
  • 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

Price: from £775

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Sea Kayaking - The Summer Isles

Next available trip: 20th May        Duration: 5 night(s)
Location: North West Highlands    
Difficulty: 5
  • 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

Price: from £775

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Sea Kayaking - Island Hopping in the Outer Hebrides

Next available trip: 22nd July        Duration: 5 night(s)
Location: Outer Hebrides and St Kilda    
Difficulty: 8
  • Explore pristine deserted islands, wild coastlines, and white-sand beaches by sea kayak.
  • Paddle in the crystal clear waters, enjoying the spectacular views of the coastal mountains.
  • Enjoy relaxed and comfortable evenings camping close to beautiful beaches.

Price: from £895

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Sea Kayaking in Scotland: A Photo Love Story

Posted on Apr 06, 2017 by Rupert Shanks

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“As we round the headland the striking white sand shines into view. Empty beach stretching away. The sea beneath my kayak melts from dark blue to dreamy azure. Our only company, a curious seal watching from the rocks. Sea kayaking in Scotland at its best”. > Read on: Scotland’s Most Beautiful Islands Sea kayaking offers such […]

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3 Reasons to Sea Kayak Early This Season

Posted on Mar 14, 2017 by Sonja Jones

Sea kayaking in Scotland

Last weekend I had the chance to try some early season sea kayaking around the beautiful waters of Arisaig exploring the tiny tidal islands known as skerries. It’s only early March so I know what you are thinking – wasn’t it freezing? I had the same fears given all of my sea kayaking experience to date had […]

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