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Sea-Kayaking on the Isle of Skye

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Scotland is a wonderful destination for sea-kayaking, with spectacular coastlines and islands offering paddling experiences for all abilities, from novice through to seasoned expert.

I recently led a group on an expedition round Loch Scavaig at the southern tip of Skye. This can be quite exposed so is definitely for more experienced kayakers. Setting off from the tiny village of Elgol, you can't help but be inspired by the towering gabbro peaks which rise up ahead of you. On the way in, we had a close encounter with a large basking shark (see photo!) and, as always, we received a warm welcome from the large seal colony as we entered the stunning natural harbour.

Camping at Loch Scavaig, there are lots of options. Explore the coastline east or west, portage the kayaks a short distance inland to paddle on Loch Coruisk, or walk or climb in the Cuillin mountains.

This is a superb trip and should be one made by all experienced sea-kayakers planning a trip to Scotland!

Written by  Stevie Christie.

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Sea Kayaking in Scotland

I have been sea kayaking in Scotland since 2005 and have discovered many hidden away places. There are many sea caves in the North east of the Scottish Highlands. The magnificent Isle of Skye with its rugged black Cuillin hills. And many sea cliffs and wildlife like seals, dolphins, otters, eagles etc which is unseen in most other places of the UK.

Great destination

I have been sea kayaking around the Skye area for years now and it is one of the best destination for that sport. The sceneries at the southern part is not comparible with anything else in the United Kingdom and there are other destinations like Raasay just to the east of the Island which has great beaches and a very nice coastline. Since it is a rather large island you always can paddle somewhere no matter where the weather would come from.

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