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Sea Kayaking Holidays

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

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 tours are suitable for people with limited experience of sea kayaking and we have an introductory course for beginners too.

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

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 tours are suitable for people with limited experience of sea kayaking and we have an introductory course for beginners too.

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

Join a sea kayaking holiday and see Scotland’s rugged coastline from a new perspective.

We offer both accommodation based and expedition style kayaking trips and provide all the specialist kayaking equipment. You’ll enjoy paddling under the expert leadership of our guides, who read the water and ensure you’re getting the most from your sea kayaking holiday. Scotland has 10% of Europe’s coastline, so there is a lot to explore.

If you have only sea kayaked a few times (or never before) then the place to start is with either our Introduction Course or Scottish Highlands trips – beginner friendly paddling in beautiful locations.

For paddlers with at least 5 days previous experience, we off a range of either accommodation based or expedition style trips exploring the most beautiful waters of Scotland’s west coast, from day paddles on wild sea lochs to expeditions to remote uninhabited islands. For accommodation based trips, look for our “Scottish Sea Kayak Trail” trips. If you are looking for your first taste of expedition in a sea kayak the West Coast Explorer is the perfect place to start.

We welcome you to explore the sea kayaking tours we have on offer and hope that you’ll read some of the many reviews our previous travellers have kindly left.

Sea Kayaking tours are available in the following locations:

Trip Reviews

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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 - West Coast Explorer
I had a wonderful time, much better than I had hoped for. The experiences will stay for a life time.

John Houseman
18/07/2017

5

Sea Kayaking - Scottish Sea Kayak Trail North - Gaelic Coast
Wilderness Scotland provides good quality gear, excellent leadership, and outdoor experiences in stunning locations. The hotels, food and companionship were top notch. I wouldn't even consider taking a Scottish paddling vacation with anyone else!

Kathryn Shuler
22/08/2017

5

Sea Kayaking - Introduction Course
Most inspirational was the sunset at the Torridon mountains, then watching seals and other wild animals on the mild water, and for last having a shower in a waterfall with rainbows around you! Just as Disneyland!

Viktoria Kiss
11/10/2013

5

Rated 4.82 out of 5 based on 590 reviews of Sea Kayaking

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

Next available trip: 18th May        Duration: 5 night(s)
Region: 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 North - The Gaelic Coast trip, which run on consecutive dates. Join both trips for an epic sea kayaking adventure!
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Sea Kayaking - West Coast Explorer

Next available trip: 15th June        Duration: 5 night(s)
Region: 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
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Sea Kayaking - The Scottish Highlands

Next available trip: 11th May        Duration: 5 night(s)
Region: North West Highlands    
Comfort: Classic
Difficulty: 2
  • Combine adventure with comfort as you enjoy day trips sea kayaking and hiking, returning to overnight at a Highland Inn, set on the shores of spectacular Loch Torridon.
  • With a 1:4 guide to client ratio, learn essential sea kayaking skills as you explore the outstanding coastal scenery of the Torridon region, kayaking in the sheltered waters of its sea lochs.
  • Take a break from the kayaks to enjoy an easy hike - allowing you to experience the scenery from the land as well as the sea.
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Sea Kayaking - Introduction Course

Next available trip: 4th May        Duration: 4 night(s)
Region: 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
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Sea Kayaking - The Summer Isles

Next available trip: 18th May        Duration: 5 night(s)
Region: North West Highlands    
Difficulty: 6
  • Explore this archipelago of deserted islands, wild coastlines, rock arches and white-sand beaches.
  • Paddle in the crystal clear waters, enjoying the spectacular views of the coastal mountains.
  • Camp in beautiful, remote spots with spectacular views of the surrounding island and coastlines.
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Sea Kayaking - Outer Hebrides

Next available trip: 6th July        Duration: 6 night(s)
Region: Outer Hebrides and St Kilda    
Comfort: Basic
Difficulty: 5
  • 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.
  • Undertake a 2 day expedition by sea kayak to explore some of the more remote islands
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Sea Kayaking - Scottish Sea Kayak Trail North - Gaelic Coast

Next available trip: 10th August        Duration: 5 night(s)
Region: 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, which run on consecutive dates. Join both trips for an epic sea kayaking adventure
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As a 5 Star tour operator this is how we see customer service.

For example, we can’t say we will get back to you within 3 hours because sometimes we won’t and we can’t say we endeavour to get back to you as soon as possible, because that’s just wishy washy and everyone says that.

Great customer service isn’t tangible.

It’s tone of voice, and relationship building.

And going that wee bit further to make someone’s day and it can’t be quantified.

It’s how we make you feel…

and we feel that it’s the following things that go towards making the difference between a holiday, and an amazing, memorable experience.

Our Network
We have fantastic relationships and in many cases personal friendships with our trusted team of suppliers.
A Growing Team
Our team of 35 travel professionals in the office and over 60+ expert guides mean we're small enough to care about every detail but big enough to deal with any curveballs, meaning your holiday experience will be seamless.
We Know Scotland
Being outdoors people, we have an unrivalled depth and breadth of knowledge when it comes to Scotland's wild places. We've been there and can recommend locations and activities from our own experience.

Our holidays reviewed in your words

The worst part was getting all my luggage from the car-park to Inverness station - after that, everything was absolutely fine!

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

Customer Rating: 5

We were unable to do the kayaking (one of us had an injury just before we departed and the other found that kayaking was not for her) - and yet we still had a great time, and would recommend the trip to others.

Marion Schoenfeld
Sea Kayaking - The Scottish Highlands

Customer Rating: 5

Rated 4.82 out of 5 based on 590 reviews of Sea Kayaking

by Mandy Addison 13/08/2018

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4Accommodation and Food

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5The Bottom Line

If Wilderness Scotland could control the weather this would be a perfect trip!

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by Petra Grell 27/08/2018

5Pre-Trip Service

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5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

It was a brilliant experience, loved every moment of the sea kayaking trip with Howard and Sarah. If wilderness would offer longer trips (10-12 days) I would love it even more. Thanks!

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by Bruce Woodhouse 22/09/2018

5Pre-Trip Service

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5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Professional trip, well run and great staff

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