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Where to go sea kayaking in Scotland

sea kayaking past castle tioram, loch moidart
Sea kayaking under a rainbow, west coast scotland
So, where should you go?
Ultimately, the decision about where to go will be yours depending on your level of competence, experience and objectives, however, here are a few ideas for you to consider:
Kayaking on the Caledonian Canal, Great Glen Trail

Great Glen canoe & kayak trail

Sea kayakingThe route from Fort William in the west to Inverness in the east is known as the Great Glen. A series of canals, rivers and lochs allow a kayaker to paddle some 60 miles through stunning highland scenery. It generally takes between 3 and 5 days to cover the whole route depending on the size of the group, weather, fitness levels and experience. It also depends on how much you want to enjoy the surroundings and Highland hospitality as you go, or to race to the finish.
If you don’t feel you have the experience or time to organise your own trip, why not join one of our guided Great Glen expeditions.
Fort George near Inverness

Fort George and Chanonry Point

A fine short trip for an evening kayaking after work or a half day paddle. Chanonry Point is known to many locals as the place to visit if you want a good chance of seeing the resident dolphins. Fort George is an impressive fortification that is still used by the military.
people on beach with sea kayaks

West Coast of Scotland

The West Coast of Scotland is a mecca for sea kayakers from all over the world, with a stunning coastline, back drops of wild islands and towering mountains, an abundance of wild life, fjord-like sea lochs and the occasional bit of sunshine!  It really is a beautiful place to plan a sea kayak adventure.

Sea Kayak Instruction and coaching

In Your Element also offers group kayaking instruction for those who would like a few pointers before setting out on their own. Whether you’re a school or youth group, a family or a bunch of mates wanting to try something new, we can help. Our experienced instructors will ensure you get the most out of a coaching session tailoring it to your needs.
Alternatively, if you’ve already got some experience but want to tackle an expedition that’s perhaps just beyond your abilities, we can organise and lead a sea kayak expedition for you; whether it’s on the stunning West Coast of Scotland around the Summer Isles.
Minimum booking fees apply to private coaching sessions.


Kayarchy – the sea kayaker’s free online handbook

If you’re looking for a really useful course of information about all things sea kayak, have a look at this website.  Lots of information about just about any question you might have. Click here


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