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, full 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 up to 20km 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. Full Day Trips generally start at 09.30 and finish around 16.30. You will need a packed lunch.
Dates: most days throughout the season (April-September), available year-round subject to weather and minimum numbers.
Cost: Experience Days cost £85, Day Trips cost £95. A Family Experience Day, for 2 adults and up to 3 under-16s, costs £295.