Sea kayaking is an unbeatable way to explore the glorious coastline of Argyll and the Isles and discover its beauty. With secluded beaches, turquoise water, white sands, sheltered sea lochs, dramatic cliffs and vibrant islands, this Scottish coastal area is a paddler’s paradise.
The sea around Oban and Lorn offers fantastic kayaking for all levels and there is a number of operators in this area that can help get you started. Another good place for beginners is the sheltered waters of the Kyles of Bute and the Crinan Canal. For the experienced paddler, the options are endless. Go on an island adventure along the trail to take in the Slate Islands of Seil, Easdale and Insh, circumnavigate beautiful Gigha or wild and lonely Jura, paddle rings around Bute or explore the coves, beaches and pretty seaside villages of Argyll’s Coastline.
Argyll and Isles tourism website offers an overall perspective of each area of Argyll and demonstrates the vibrancy and the hundreds of different things you can do while paddling within the region. You can also find paddlesports operators who can assist your navgation of our beautiful coastline.
Oban is a perfect place to start sea kayaking, with plenty of excellent, highly qualified companies keen to give you a safe, enjoyable and fun introduction. It’s also a great place to return to time and again. Several businesses offer a complete sea kayak outfitting, rental, hire service for those experienced kayakers who fly in from all over the World. They can offer lots of advice and local knowledge to help make the visit a superb experience. The kayaking itself is there in all its guises from sheltered lochs and passages to the World famous overfalls and tide races of the Falls of Lora and the Gulf of Corryvreckan.
Stretching from the picturesque fishing village of Tarbert, Loch Fyne, in the south to Loch Craignish in the north, over to Knapdale and Crinan in the west, across to Inveraray and Loch Awe in the east, and with Kilmartin Glen in its midst the Heart of Argyll boasts some of the most beautiful scenery.
Whether it’s a relaxing short break, an active family holiday or a romantic weekend that appeals, the Heart of Argyll has great accommodation & restaurants, unique shops & galleries, historic castles and museums, plus a wealth of outdoor pursuits and nature-based activities from kayaking and sailing to cycling and walking that will keep you entertained and longing to visit again.
Kintyre is a stunning region of Argyll on the west coast of Scotland, with beautiful beaches, cosy fishing villages and great activities. Kintyre can be explored with deviations from the route of the Argyll Sea Kayak Trail.
With its pristine natural setting, unique coastal character and rich history, you‘ll never run out of things to do in Kintyre. Be spellbound by the region’s magnificent birdlife, be it the sight of a magnificent sea eagle, an elusive corncrake or a thousand-strong flock of barnacle geese. ?
Situated in the west of Scotland, Cowal is a peninsula of outstanding scenic beauty and cultural heritage. Relevant stop over points within this section include Toward and Dunoon. Cowal is the place to find a great range of outdoor activities; and whatever you do you will be presented with outstanding scenery. Cowal is not only a place of beauty and tranquility, it is packed with fascinating places to visit and lots of exciting activities to participate in.
The Island of Bute (15 miles long and 4 miles wide) is situated south of Cowal and offers excellent sea kayaking conditions around the island. As part of the trail there is wild camping site on the North of the Island which includes a shelter, composting toilet and fire pit. The Kayak Trail site sits in the remoter less populated North of the Island as part of the community forest. Bute is renowned for its glorious gardens and grand architecture.
Helensburgh is a popular day trip town, with good local shopping facilities and good transportation links with Glasgow. The most spectacular approach to Helensburgh is from Loch Lomondside. There may be fleets of dinghies racing offshore, grander yachts heading out for the West Highland sailing grounds, Royal Navy vessels making their way to or from the nearby Clyde Submarine Base, one of the river ferries, and perhaps a luxury cruise liner moored across the water at the port of Greenock.
As well as its supermarkets and multiple stores, Helensburgh has a great variety of privately owned retail shops and other businesses. There are hotels, restaurants, pubs, cafés and coffee shops, some with outside tables in the square.?
Argyll’s Secret Coast is tucked away in a small corner of Argyll on the west coast of Scotland. Bordered by Loch Fyne and the Kyles of Bute, it’s an area of stunning natural beauty, with hills, glens, rugged coastlines, white beaches, clear waters and ancient forests. You won’t find crowds of tourists here. What you will find is fantastic seafood, welcoming pubs, a wide range of holiday accommodation, a vibrant arts scene, breathtaking scenery, ancient sites and loads of outdoor activities. It may feel wild and remote, but it’s only a two hour drive from Glasgow.