ARTICLES & TRIP REPORTS
LOCAL INFO & COMMUNITY DISCUSSIONS
ST KILDA - have a look at these awesome pictures from Angus Mackie's 2014 trip.
LOCH EWE - pics in this discussion.
FIRTH OF CLYDE - Cambletown to Adrossan via Arran - discussion
LARGS to STORNOWAY - in March 2011, Bruce Jolliffe made a remarkable trip along the West Coast of Scotland. His blog has details and pictures.
ISLAY - wonderfully illustrated discussion / trip report on the forum.
CALEDONIAN CANAL - not a "sea trip" as such, but a lovely, long journey none the less! Contributed by Claire Cailes - Photos by Dan Millwood.
LOCH AWE - from Song of the Paddle, this discussion on their forum provides some insight into this lovely Scottish Loch. The 3rd largest freshwater loch in Scotland.
SHETLAND - from NWSK's blog, a nicely illustrated write up of the 2008 symposium.
ARISAIG to SKYE - Owen Merrick's story of his introduction to sea kayaking.
MINGULAY - photo's from Mark Rainsley's Whitsun 2006 trip.
LOCH ETIVE - Mark Rainsley's "Paddling Guide" to Loch Etive - illustrated.
COLL & STAFFA by Owen Merrick. A nice, laid back trip in Scottish West Coast waters. Illustrated.
LOCH TEACUIS - Mike Buckley's badly illustrated trip report of a horrible, wet weekend near Ardnamurchan.
ISLAY - illustrated trip report from the SCA 2005 Islay tour, by Jeremy Hastings.
HEBRIDEAN DIARY - Helen McKenna's illustrated diary of two weeks on North Uist.
SOLWAY COAST - Mike Buckley's illustrated report from the 2005 SCA Solway trip near Gatehouse of Fleet.
UIST SYMPOSIUM - Andrew Cleland's photo set from the 2005 Symposium.
LOCH NEVIS - illustrated trip report by Mike Buckley.
SMALL ISLES - illustrated report by Alistair Rose.
HEBRIDEAN CHALLENGE - a gruelling five day adventure race - Simon Willis' article includes some great images of the Shiants.
7th SCOTTISH SEA KAYAK SYMPOSIUM - illustrated report from the 2005 Symposium on Skye.
LUING & BELNAHUA from Oban, illustrated trip report by Helen McKenna.
SANDAIGS & LOCH HOURN - illustrated trip report by Helen McKenna.
NORTH CHANNEL - Portpatrick to Larne, solo. Illustrated trip report from Barry Shaw.
LOCH LEVEN, GLENCOE - illustrated trip report by Helen McKenna.
LOCH LOMOND and ROCKCLIFFE, SOLWAY COAST - illustrated short reports by Helen McKenna.
WEST COAST OF JURA - report of an Easter expedition to Jura, Corrievreckan and Scarba at Easter 2004, by Mike Buckley. (Illustrated)
AN INTRODUCTION TO SEA PADDLING - PART 2 - first experience of a weekend camping trip in the Sound of Arisaig, by Helen McKenna. (illustrated)
AN INTRODUCTION TO SEA PADDLING - trip report on paddling near Ayr, by Helen McKenna.
A DAY OUT IN THE FORTH. A CAUTIONARY TALE - report by Tim Dawson
LISMORE - trip report by Mike Buckley & Tim Dawson - two stories of the same trip.
EILACH AN NAOIMH VIA THE CORRYVRECKAN - trip report by Tony Page. (illustrated)
CIRCUMNAVIGATION OF GIGHA - trip report by Douglas Wilcox. (illustrated)
LOCH FYNE - trip report by Jim Wallis.
SUMMER ISLES TRIP REPORT - by Jim Wallis. Notes from an Easter 2003 trip. (illustrated)
AROUND RAASAY - by Adrian Pullin. Classic Scottish sea kayaking. (illustrated)
210 DEGREES TO TOBERMORY - by Andy Evans. A circuit of Mull.
A WEEK OUT OF ULLAPOOL - by Paul Cromey.
MULL MAGIC - by Paul Cromey.
Scottish Canoe Association's website - the official Association for Scotland, affiliated to the BCU.
Bing Maps will help you find places mentioned.
See Scottish Naval Exercise Areas Information for information about Naval Activity in Scottish coastal waters. The site is divided into 3 main sections dealing with the QHM Clyde (Gareloch and Loch Long), the Scottish Exercise Areas (SXAs) and activity at the Cape Wrath Firing Range. See also the Ministry of Defence webpages for contacts, also referenced on the SCA site here.
Scottish Outdoor Access Code - Statutory Access Rights and the Scottish Access Code came into effect 9 February 2005. The Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2003 grants some useful Rights & Responsibilities. Please exercise them appropriately.
Scottish Marine Wildlife Code has some thoughts and ideas on enjoying our natural wildlife.
Scottish National Heritage publishes useful information regarding protected species in Scotland - which includes seals, otters and dolphins etc. Includes links to maps showing designated seal haul-out areas which are best avoided.
Planning your first multi-day trip? Mark Rainsley's article "a Special Kind of Freedom" is essential reading.
Midges - if you're coming to Scotland, you may care to know more about our "national pest", the midge. Midges are without doubt the scourge of the Highlands! - The Midge Forecast could be worth looking at, as would this discussion on midge repellant and other strategies to keep the little darlings away (or not). This article by Simon Willis is worth reading too. I've found it helpful to take anti-histamine to stop the itching. You have been warned!
Ticks are another nasty creature - potentially very dangerous as they can carry Lymes disease, which you really don't want!
Undiscovered Scotland is an essential reference for anyone planning to visit.
Visit Scotland (the Scottish Tourist Board) confirms that Scotland has "the best sea kayaking in Europe". Their website page on watersports has a lot of background, some trip suggestions and good general advice, including a list of "operators". (Outfitters / guides to you and me).
Anyone planning to kayak from Scotland to Northern Ireland might find this information and annotated images, from local paddler and Postman John Ruston, extremely useful indeed.
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Kayak Trails / Route Plans / Guides to specif areas
Argyll Sea Kayak Trail - runs between Oban and Helensburgh.
Bute and surrounding area. Article by Roddy McDowell in OP and available on Simon Willis' site.
Loch Katrine - Mike Dales' guide to access and use of the Loch (PDF).
Scottish Canals - factsheets from Scottish Canals with a lot of useful info. Includes the Caledonian Canal route which, while not a "sea" trip in the true sense of the word, is a long way on what can be challenging waters.
Other sites with routes / trip reports
Sean Morley paddled round all the inhabited islands of UK in 2004 - a stunning trip, well documented here.
Many of the bloggers have excellent pictures and write-ups of their trips - check the Other Sites page.
NWSK's web site has some reports on Scottish trips.
Swaledale Outdoor Club has some excellent illustrated trip reports covering trips in a variety of locations.
Great trip photos from Bolton Canoe Club of Knoydart, Staffa, Hebrides, Jura, Treshnish, Mull and Summer Isles.
"Canoe Boys" - this discussion has lots of info and links to Simon Willis' superb Radio Scotland series about the Canoe Boy's journey on the West Coast.
Song of the Paddle, although dedicated to Open Canoes, provides a useful reference to places to paddle.
"Easy Reference Sheet" - Scotland - Summary sheet with paddling speed calculators, wind speed chart, CG contact & MSI Broadcast Times, Marine VHF channels etc
St Kilda Trip - Slideshow - stunning pics from a supported trip to St Kilda by NESKY.
West Word - the Community Paper for the Mallaig area and the Small Isles gives an insight into this part of the West of Scotland.
Culture Hebrides - a portal to the Hebrides, "a unique spiritual, civilised culture, the true heartland of the Gaels and the Gaelic language"
Corryvreckan - whirlpool-scotland.co.uk has a lot of interesting info and includes a useful page with spring tide dates and the relevant pilot for the Corryvreckan. Douglas Wilcox has transited the Corry many times, and this article on his blog will also be helpful.
Photography - Aerial photographs of Scotland. See also the great photos in the Charles Tait photo gallery. The Geograph project aims to collect geographically representative photographs and information for every square kilometre of Great Britain and Ireland - there are some useful coastal shots. Scotland 360 is run by Sngus Mackie, a sea kayaker, and has some fabulous images.
Isle of Rona website has lots of detail about this unique island.
Isle of Jura website has a lot of information about the island, including several thousand images.
Isle of Rum website. Lots of information about Rum.
Orkneys' Official Tourism Website - a wealth of useful detail.
Shiants - superb website with a mass of current and historical info.
Lonely Isles - lovely site with details of abandoned or sparsely populated Scottish Islands.
Discussions from the Community Pages
Ailsa Craig - with pics
Cape Wrath - includes details of who to contact before paddling in military exercise areas.
Colonsay - with a link to superb pics.
Corryvreckan - thoughts on crossing - includes a comprehensive post from Jim Wallace detailing suggested times etc.
Corryvreckan / Jura - nice pics from BCC's 2006 Easter trip.
Cuan Sound - with pics
Garvellachs via Grey Dog and Corryvreckan - with pics
Harris & Lewis - with pics.
Harris & North Uist - with superb pics
Harris to S.Uist - with yet more superb pics
Hebrides / North Uist - with superb pics
Jura - (Sound of) - incs links to pics.
Jura / Corryvreckan - nice pics from BCC's 2006 Easter trip.
Jura, the Garvellachs and Scarba - Tayvallich to Clachan. With pics.
Kyles of Bute - with pics
Loch Long & Loch Goil - with pics
MacCormaig Islands (Sound of Jura) - with pics
Mingulay - with pics
Mull - with pics
Mull - with pics, including a rather splendid shot of a basking shark.
Mull - shortish trips - with pics
NE Scotland - with pics
Orkney & Shetland - suggestions on where to go.
Pentland Firth - with pics.
Scotland - (general) - Keith Robertson has been around a bit and has some excellents pics of Skye, Mull, Shetland, Orkneys etc.
Shetland - with pics.
Skye - Glen Brittle to Coruisk - with pics.
(Updated 20-Dec-2015 )