Canoeing and kayaking in Scotland is a hugely popular activity, and there are loads of resources to help get you paddling. You’re guaranteed to find a challenge here.
With our coastline stretching to around 2,300 miles, and given the number of lochs and rivers, it’s not surprising that kayaking has become extremely popular.
White-water Kayaking can be a fabulous adventure, but the knack of getting on the right river in the right water conditions has traditionally only been possible for those with a lot of experience. Both canoeing and sea kayaking make fantastic recreational sports and Scotland’s lochs, rivers and waterways are just perfect for exploring.
The ragged west coastline in particular, with over 100 islands, is the ideal location for island hopping with fabulous kayaking trips and tours.
Scotland has the ideal environment for kayaking & canoeng, whether on the open sea or on secluded rivers and lochs. But it’s worth remembering that the sea is not a loch and has a character which needs to be understood, so if you are a complete beginner, an introductory course would be advisable. All Outdoor Clothing & Accessories
You can enjoy dramatic views and spot wildlife as you explore the wild coastlines.
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The Scottish Canoe Association have produced two guide books outlining where to go canoeing and sea kayaking in Scotland : One covers white water and the other covers more gentle touring water. If you would like to improve your performance, it’s worth looking at the nationwide coaching and testing scheme organised by them.
It is usually possible to hire a kayak, but if you prefer your own, you don’t have to break the bank. See why Inflatable Kayaks are becoming more and more popular, and take off on your kayaking holiday in Scotland.
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See the Scotland Travel Information page for all the information you need for travelling to and within Scotland. Get some helpful advice on passports and visas, currency, weather, holiday extras, useful travel links and more.