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Sea Kayaking in Scotland: A Photo Love Story

Posted on Apr 06, 2017 by Rupert Shanks

“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”.

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Sea kayaking offers such a wealth of opportunity to reach some of Scotland’s most beautiful and remote spots. There’s something inherently moving about spending time on your own private idyll, having paddled there under your own steam. We’ve rounded up some of our favourite photos of those dreamy kayak adventures.

The Sound of Arisaig

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Beaching on one of many sandy islets at Arisaig, West Highlands.


The Sound of Arisaig is a fantastic place for sea kayaking. Dotted with islets, white sandy beaches and seal colonies makes it a great place to explore from the water.

North West Highlands

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Glassy waters exploring the islands of Loch Maree, North West Highlands.


The North West Highlands winding coastline offers a variety of sea lochs and inland lochs to explore. One of our favourites is Loch Maree. This sweeping stretch of water is Scotland’s fourth largest freshwater loch. The loch includes more than forty scattered islands covered in ancient Caledonian pine forest. This is a haven for birdlife such as Black Throated Divers and Sea Eagles.

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Floating along in Loch Hourn, Knoydart and West Coast.


Knoydart, often called the last great wilderness, is a peninsula on the West coast of Scotland. Sparesly populated, this area feels wild. Loch Hourn cuts deep into the mainland, opposite the isle of Skye. Steep sided mountains surround the water, giving a fjord-like feel to the area. Travel by kayak offers a great way to float into those hard to reach places to explore.

FILM: Watch a short film from a sea kayaking adventure in Loch Hourn.


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Watching a pod of Bottlenose Dolphins cruise by.


There can’t be many better ways to watch wildlife than floating around next to them. Kayaking allows you to gain a new perspective on Scotland’s coastal marine, mammal and bird life. We love hearing about the magical experiences of watching dolphins cruise by, otters catching their dinner and seals playing that take place on our trips.

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About the author

Rupert Shanks

After a spell in the corporate world in London Rupert decided to find a more rewarding way of life involving a closer connection to the outdoors and to his camera! Rupert produces a lot of the photography and video for Wilderness Scotland and works within the Marketing team.

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