Sea Kayak Day Trips

The West coast of Scotland and Oban in particular offer unparalleled access to some of the world’s best sea kayaking. We are located just 50m from a beach that provides easy launching into settled waters, while a short drive takes us to a host of alternative options. Wildlife abounds, including seals, otters, basking sharks and sea eagles – we’ve even had minke whales come to visit. Oban is the main hub for ferries to the Outer Hebrides, meaning you could join us for a trip before heading off to the next stage of your travels.
 
Most trips will launch from the beach in Oban, just 50m from our base. In some weather conditions there may be a short drive, or you might be sent an alternative meeting point within easy reach of the town centre. We have single and tandem kayaks available, and we will provide you with wetsuits, waterproof tops and neoprene shoes. For colder weather we have full drysuits. We can take children from age 8, but under 18s must be accompanied by a parent or guardian, and for under-12s there must be one adult per child unless it’s a private trip.
 
Paddlers on half day trip

Half Day Trips

Times: 09.30-12.30 / 13.30-16.30

Cost: Adults £70, under 16-s £55

Level: no experience necessary

Join us for a gentle exploratory paddle around the stunning local coastline. All equipment and basic instruction is provided, and wildlife sightings are highly likely. There is no need for any previous experience, and your guide will provide you with basic instruction to help you control your kayak.

Maximum group size is 6 people. Under-18s must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.

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2024 Dates:

April: 1st, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 8th, 17th (am only), 18th (am only), 20th, 21st, 22nd, 24th (am only), 25th (am only), 29th

May: 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 8th (pm only), 9th, 10th, 13th, 15th, 23rd, 24th, 25th, 26th, 27th, 31st

June: 6th, 7th, 10th, 12th, 17th, 19th, 24th, 26th, 27th

July: 1st, 5th, 8th, 11th, 12th (am only), 15th, 22nd, 29th

August: 5th, 9th, 12th, 17thh (am only), 19th

September: 4th, 9th, 12th, 13th, 18th, 25th, 26th

Kayakers in Oban harbour

Sea Kayak Experience Days

Times: 10.30-15.00/15.30

Cost: Adult £95, under-16s £70

Level: no experience necessary

If you’ve never paddled before, our Sea Kayak Experience Day will give you a true taste of what sea kayaking is all about. We’ll teach you the basic skills you need to control your boat, before heading off to explore the coastline. We’ll stop for a picnic lunch on the most isolated beach we can reach, and there’s a high chance of wildlife sightings.

Maximum group size for a public trip is 6 people, private groups of up to 10 people may be accommodated if staffing allows. Under-18s must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.

If your group includes children under the age of 12, please contact us using the form below to book a Family Sea Kayak Experience Day, which allows us to tailor the pace to younger paddlers. Family Sea Kayak Days cost £330 for 2 adults and 2 under-16s, up to 2 additional under-16s can be added for £35 each.

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2024 Dates:

March: 29th

April: 1st, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 8th, 10th, 15th, 17th, 18th, 19th, 21st, 22nd, 24th, 25th, 29th

May: 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 5th, 6th, 9th, 10th, 13th, 15th, 20th, 23rd, 24th, 25th, 26th, 30th, 31st

June: 2nd, 3rd, 6th, 7th, 10th, 12th, 14th, 17th, 20th, 21st, 24th, 26th, 27th

July: 1st, 5th, 8th, 11th, 15th, 18th, 19th, 20th, 21st, 22nd, 26th, 29th

August: 5th, 8th, 9th, 12th, 15th, 19th, 21st, 29th

September: 4th, 6th, 9th, 12th, 13th, 14th, 18th, 23rd, 25th, 26th, 27th

 

Kayakers on the sea in waves

Best of the West day trips

Times: 09.30-16.30 approx

Cost: £115

Level: Intermediate & Advanced

A series of day trips to explore the best Scotland’s West Coast has to offer. Depending on the weather and the group, our guides will show you their favourite paddles, exploring some truly stunning coastlines surrounded by beautiful scenery.
Depending on the weather, the advanced trips may include heading into/through tidal races, visiting classic locations such as the Grey Dogs or Dorus Mor.

Groups will meet at 09.30, the finish time will depend on the trip but will be around 16.30-17.30.

Paddlers on the Intermediate level trips should be comfortable paddling 20-25km per day including in winds up to Beaufort F3 and waves up to around 0.75m. You must have experience of using a sit-in kayak with a spraydeck.

Paddlers on the Advanced level trips should be comfortable paddling 25-30km per day, including in winds up to F4 and wave up to 1m. Experience of tidal paddling is not essential but may add to the enjoyment.

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2024 Dates: 

Intermediate: 17/18/19 April, 28/29/30 August

Advanced: 5/6/7 June, 21/22/23 August

Paddlers on Coastal Day trip

Coastal Day Trip

Times: 09.30-16.30

Cost: Adults £115, 14-16s £95

Level: previous experience required

For those who have some kayaking experience and want to explore a new place, Coastal Day Trips give you the chance to head out with a knowledgeable local guide. Depending on the group’s ability, the trip could be anything from a gentle explore through nooks and crannies, to a full day in tidal waters. As a minimum, you should have experience of using a sit-in kayak and be comfortable in waves of up to 0.5m and winds around Beaufort F3. The minimum age for Coastal Day Trips is 14. Under-18s must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.

If you would like to book a Coastal Day Trip please contact us using the form below for availability.

2024 Dates: on demand, minimum group size 3 paddlers

For any enquiries, or to book Family Sea Kayak Experience Days or Coastal Day Trips, please use the contact form below. We reply to every email we receive so if you don’t hear from us please check your spam box.