Sea Kayak Trips in West Coast Highlands

See a different side of Scotland! Discover one of the most stunning coastlines on the West Coast by kayak or explore beautiful inland lochs by canoe. Based near Achiltibuie, ‘Kayak Summer Isles’ offers guided tours around the coast, to explore the sea caves and stunning beaches, or watch the seals and abundant wildlife. Admire the marvels of Scotland’s geographically fascinating landscapes, from caves, and valleys to archways, and share the waters with its abundant wildlife below and beneath the surface! If you want to the landscape by foot too, no problem – your kayaking or canoe tour can be combined with hillwalking, where you can venture deep into the depths of the incredible Corrishalloch Gorge.

Where can I go kayaking in west coast Highlands?

Kayak Summer Isles, based near Achiltibuie, offer both kayak and canoe trips.

Before the road networks, the coast of Scotland was the original highway. Led by Will Copestake, this is your opportunity to explore the vibrant coastal waterways within a spacious expedition sea kayak. A chance to venture into some of Scotland’s most remote and wild areas. 

Will Copestake is no stranger to adventure. After graduating he set out to circumnavigate Scotland by sea kayak and cycled home whilst climbing all 282 Munros. For this, he was rewarded with the UK adventurer of the year in 2015.  Under his guidance, he will give you the confidence to enjoy your experience, while sharing his knowledge of the area.

Tandem canoe trips are also available to explore the inland lochs including Inverpollaidh or Assynt.  Take a break on some of the finest beaches and brew up the tea using a Kelly kettle and sticks while enjoying mountain views of  Stac Pollaidh, Sgurr a Fhidleir or the mighty summit of Cul Beag.

  • Half-day:  a three-hour morning or afternoon adventure. With all the kit you need to keep warm and comfortable. £70 per person.
  • Full-day: running from 10-4 pm. In the Summer Isles, we will venture from our start point into the islands to seek caves, archways, and sandy beaches. As part of the day, we will take regular pauses on wild beaches and offer the chance to brew a hot drink on our wood-fired kelly kettle stove.  Full-day session £85 per person.
  • Ullapool is a scenic 55-mile drive from Inverness. Continuing to Achiltibuie and Coigach is a further 24 miles, half of which is along a stunning and windy single-track road. Ullapool to Achiltibuie takes on average between 45 minutes to an hour despite the shorter distance.
  • No previous experience is required – you must be able to swim!