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Duration: Half or full day

Price point: Mid-range

The best sea kayaking in Scotland

  • Amazing scenery and wildlife accessible for beginners 

  • Sea kayak with the experts from an award-winning kayak centre

  • Discover local culture, history & wildlife

  • Experienced guides provide a enjoyable and safe adventure

  • Close up wildlife spotting - a chance to see seal, otters and more


You'll be based at Shieldaig Lodge on the southern shores of Gairloch in the far west of Scotland, an ideal location from which to explore. Best outdoor adventure experience from Highlands and Islands Tourism Awards.

You'll be given a full safety brief before heading out onto the water and then, once you're back on dry land, you can enjoy a hot drink or a meal in this fine Scottish Lodge on the seashore. 


There are other activities available on site to fill your day while you're here; cycling, guided walks, the Shieldaig Falconry Centre and foraging along the seashore.

Ideal for couples of any age (or families) looking for a slow adventure tourism experience

At a glance

  • Location: Gairloch in Wester Ross, North West Highlands of Scotland

  • Group sizes: Min 2, max 8

  • Trip type: Groups and tailor-mades

  • Season: April to October

  • Grading/difficulty: Beginners welcome. Tuition and equipment included

  • Getting there: Taxi from Inverness.

  • Pick-ups: No

  • Age restrictions: Minimum age 8

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Sustainability and values

Your host is a supporter of sustainability and has developed a network of local activities to encourage visitors to stay in the area for longer periods of time and developing slow tourism. Also an official supporter of Wester Ross UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. 

If you care about Climate Change, you'll care about carbon emissions from travel

All of the tours offered through Natural Britain have been assessed for the amount of carbon emitted and this is shown against each featured itinerary below. To help make sense of this figure, you can head over to our Carbon Emissions page for useful comparisons with overseas travel etc.

"One of the top ten sea kayaking destinations in the world"

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Our story...

Cory has a varied background in outdoor leadership and training. As a boy he was always bird watching on his local patch or around the north east where he was brought up. Cory recently undertook the Wilderness Guide Training Programme to become a Wild Scotland Wilderness Guide. He is a qualified teacher, sea kayak leader, mountain leader and orienteering instructor

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Sea kayaking & canoeing in Scotland

This tours runs on a group basis and runs three times a day. 

Prices from:

  • Adult:  £45

Private departures available on request

Sea kayaking around Gairloch

  • Sea kayak with the experts

  • Award winning Gairloch Canoe and Kayak Centre

  • Gain local knowledge of culture, history & wildlife

Enjoy a wonderful paddle round Gairloch bay, watch seals and learn about the marine environment - a wonderful, relaxed experience with experienced and knowledgable guides.

You will be welcomed by our guide into the reception area where the full experience will be explained to you. Following this your will be issued with a buoyancy aid, paddle and kayak and, after a few minutes to adjust your equipment, we head out onto the water.

You can choose a morning afternoon or evening paddling experience and the pace can be as slow or fast as you choose, there is plenty of wildlife to spot and islands to explore

The carbon impact of this trip is

0 kg CO2e. No carbon impact

The above calculation shows the approximate amount of carbon that will be emitted by taking this trip (this does not include meals or getting to the destination). Details of how this figure is calculated can be found on our
Carbon Emissions page. 

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Why Natural Britain

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Only things that excite us make it to this list. We want to showcase a Britain that few others get to see.  Our experiences take you away from the tourist hordes and present a magical side of our islands off the beaten track. 

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Our experiences are run by passionate, professional and safety-conscious operators. Whether you want an activity that is physically challenging or are looking for a more relaxing experience, we have options to suit all abilities. 

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We care about the impact of mass tourism on our planet and only feature suppliers that have an ethos aligned with our own.  We check that all the providers listed on our website care for the environment and the communities in which they operate.

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We have many years of experience of  developing rewarding travel experiences all over the world. We have sifted through the bland, mass market offerings and discovered unique, special finds that we know will appeal to discerning travellers.

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