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Sea Kayaking in Scotland

Date Added: March 02, 2017 02:37:28 PM
Author: Andreas Heinzl
Category: Enjoyment & Sports: Outdoor Activities


Scotland has some of the most scenic coastline in Europe and this is best seen in areas like the Isle of Skye. There you have the magnificent sea cliffs in the north of the island with sea caves you can paddle into. The south of Skye with its Cuillin hills are the most amazing hills on the British Isles.

When you paddle from Elgol towards Loch Coruisk you will always see the Cuillins in its magnificence. The steep hillsides would remind someone largely of the Alps and in the past mountaineers have trained in the Black Cuillins for expeditions in the higher ranges. When arriving at Loch Coruisk you will find a beautiful remote Loch, surrounded by high mountains. It can get a bit busy at times with the tourist boats arriving out of Elgol but you can escape them easily by just walking a little further. Nearby is a colony of some 300 seals which is always fun to watch from a sea kayak. The coastline between Loch Coruisk and the small Island of Soay is teaming with other wildlife like Otters and Minke Whales, which can be spotted in the summer.

Soay has a story on its own with the Highland characters Gavin Maxwell and Tex Gedis running a shark oil plant at the west side of the island in the 1940s and 50s. The place is long shut but you can still see the buildings. To the south of Elgol you will also find some magnificent limestone cliffs with a few caves. One of the caves in the area is one of the infamous Prince Charlie caves. Near Torrin is also one of the best preserved Highland clearance villages. This can also be used as a camping area with lots of flat ground, fresh water and easy landing.

Further up the coast is the Narrows of Kylerhea. This is one of the fastest tide-races in the UK with up to 9 knots of flow. There are also some otters and seals in the area and with some luck you will see a pod of porpoises passing through the narrows.

For sea cliffs the best area in Skye is the northern top of Tritternish. Have there many sea stags and caves in which you can paddle into and at the small island of Eilean Troddy you can even paddle through a cave.

There are many other places to see in the isle of Skye. To find out more you can visit Unexplored Scotland or for Skye in particular the Sea Kayaking Skye

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