Kayaking and Canoeing in Scotland

Canoeing in Scotland
Canoeing in Scotland

Scotland is a paradise for paddlers, with many different types of kayaking and canoeing pursuits available. All you have to do is choose a vessel, grab a paddle and decide where you would like to go. Our rivers, lochs and coastlines are waiting!

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Loch and river kayaking

Paddle through some of the country’s most beautiful and remote wildernesses on a Scottish loch or river. Take in staggering landscapes and wildlife as you float on a  tranquil loch or tackle a flowing river complete with thrilling, white-knuckled stretches of river rapids.

Here are a few suggestions to get you started:

River Tay

Weaving its way through Perthshire, the Tay is one of Scotland’s longest and most famous rivers, offering steady conditions for both beginners and advanced kayakers.

Loch Morlich

Located 10 minutes from Aviemore, Loch Morlich is a great place to try out kayaking with equipment hire and a range of courses all on site.

River Orchy

River Orchy
River Orchy

Discover perfect paddling conditions on the River Orchy in Argyll which offers everything from gentle jaunts downstream to extreme challenges.

River Findhorn

In the north east, running into the Moray Firth, this river passes the infamous Findhorn Gorge. The best conditions can often be found in the spring as melting snow from the Monadh Liath mountains boosts the water level.

Loch Lomond

Experience what it’s like to paddle on the largest body of fresh water in mainland Britain.

River Etive

Strapped for time? The Etive offers a short boost of adrenaline as you go with the flow through the scenic Highlands, passing some breathtakingly beautiful waterfalls.

Sea Kayaking

Sea Kayaking
Sea Kayaking

You can also discover the delights of Scotland’s coasts and explore cliffs, caves, tunnels and secluded beaches aboard a sea kayak.

You’ll be able to sneak into curious coves, paddle alongside the local wildlife and make a voyage to distant isles, all the while taking some salty sea air.


In most cases, a canoe is a long, open boat used for exploring calmer waters. These boats can accommodate solo paddlers as well as a few friends at once. Take it at your own pace, and get to know Scotland’s waters. You might even have space to bring a picnic with you.

Many activity centres across the country offer canoeing trips for all ages and abilities. You can choose from a few hours paddling in the water, or extend this to multi-day trips to remote lochs where you will discover Scotland’s true wilderness.


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