Sea Kayak Day Trips

We have limited availability for day trips in September. Please check the dates at the bottom of this page before enquiring. We do not have any day trips available outside those dates, and we do not operate a waiting list. We will be operating in October (except 17th-24th).

Oban offers unparalleled access to some of the world’s best sea kayaking destinations. 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 humpback whales come to visit occasionally. 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 an adult, and for under-12s there must be one adult per child.
 
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.
 
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 be able to paddle 20-25km in a day, have experience of using a spraydeck, and be comfortable in waves of up to 0.5m and winds around Beaufort F3.
 
We are not running half days at the moment, as Covid-19 measures mean too much time is taken up with socially-distanced kit issuing. This may change later in 2021 if restrictions ease.
 

Sea Kayak Experience Days start at 10.30 and finish around 15.00-15.30. Coastal Day Trips generally start at 09.30 and finish around 16.30. You will need a packed lunch.

Cost: Experience Days cost £85, Coastal Day Trips cost £95. A Family Experience Day, for 2 adults and up to 3 under-16s, costs £295.

Dates (updated 03/09/2021 – some of these may no longer be available)

September:

Experience Days: 22nd – 2 spaces; 23rd – 1 space

Coastal Day Trips: 19th – 3 spaces; 20th – 3 spaces

Making an enquiry

We are currently extremely busy, and receiving a high volume of emails. To help us deal with your enquiry, please observe the following:

  • if you’re enquiring about a day trip, check the dates above – if it isn’t listed, it isn’t available.
  • make sure the information you’re looking for isn’t available on the website. We have a Frequently Asked Questions Page which covers most topics.
  • read the details of the trips, and specify which one you’re interested in.
  • when enquiring about availability, only ask for the dates you can actually paddle. So if you’re driving up on the 1st and away on the 7th, only ask about availability for the 2nd-6th.
  • if you’re here all week, tell us in the first email rather than just giving your preferred date. Aside from reducing our emails, by the time I’ve told you we’re booked up on Thursday, and you’ve asked if we can do Friday instead, those Friday spaces that were available when you first asked might have sold out.
  • include your phone number in all enquiries, even if you’re not using our form, as we need it for the booking system.
  • the form or email is the best option for paddling enquiries, as we’re usually on the water during the day and away from the office phone in the evenings.

To enquire or book please fill in the form below or email adventures@seakayakoban.com