Arisaig is world renowned for its excellent sea kayaking. With its varied coastline, stunning views, diverse wildlife, shelter and sandy beaches, it has been named by some “a sea kayaker’s paradise”. Arisaig is noted in several kayaking books as a favourite destination. “Scottish Sea Kayaking” (Doug Cooper and George Reid) says:
‘This area is the nearest you will get to paddling in the Caribbean when in Scotland. On a sunny day it has golden sands and crystal clear waters. With the backdrop of the isles of Rum, Eigg, Muck and Skye it is a truly magical place.’
What better way than by kayak or canoe to enjoy the beautiful scenery and remote sandy coves, with the of a close-up encounter with a wide variety of wildlife, such as seals, otter, dolphin, basking shark and a huge variety of sea birds, the white tailed sea eagle and golden eagle, gannets and the bully of the sea the giant skua or “bonxie”.
There are a range of kayaking possibilities, from day trips within the Sound of Arisaig, to multi day trips taking you further afield. If you have your own kayak and want to explore the area, look at our accommodation pages for all types of places to stay from hotels to camp sites. If not, kayaks can be hired locally from Sea Kayak Highlands in Arisaig, or if you are new to the sport and fancy a day out with the experts, contact the Arisaig Sea Kayak Centre, based in Arisaig, or Rockhopper who visit the area often too. Canoe hire is also available from Sea Kayak Highlands and is an ideal way to take the family and the dog to the small islands in the bay or along the shore for a relaxing picnic.