Sea Kayaking In and Around Oban
Sea kayaking and Oban are the perfect match. The newly opened Argyll Sea Kayak Trail links Oban to Helensburgh with launch spots, parking and lots of 'paddle friendly' tourism businesses along the way.
Kayaking is perfect to get up close to wildlife - seals, porpoises, whales, otters and eagles to name but a few! History, with its castles, slate villages, deserted islands. Scenery, as good as the West Coast of Scotland gets, island jewels dotted on a steel blue ocean.
Perfect wild camping on short, flat grass, a few feet from your campfire and on your own island. The kayaking itself is there in all its guises from sheltered lochs and passages to the World famous overfalls and tide races of the Falls of Lora and the Gulf of Corryvreckan.
It is a perfect place to start your sea kayaking career with plenty of excellent, highly qualified companies keen to give you a safe, enjoyable and fun introduction. It’s also a great place to return to time and again. Several businesses offer a complete sea kayak outfitting, rental, hire service for those experienced kayakers who fly in from all over the World. They can offer lots of advice and local knowledge to help make the visit a superb experience.
Each year, an increasing number of sea kayakers visit the Oban area for days or weeks to explore the islands of Kerrera, Lismore, Seil, Easdale, Luing, Scarba, Shuna and the Garvellachs as well as numerous smaller ones. They are all different in geology and geography. Some islands have towering cliffs and enormous sea caves, others with vertical volcanic intrusions teetering above empty sandy beaches. Many sea kayakers stay for a day or two on their way to and from sea kayaking holidays around the big islands of the Inner Hebrides (Mull, Iona, Jura, Islay, Colonsay, Tiree and Coll) or the Outer Hebrides (Barra, the Uists, Lewis and Harris). Hence the Oban title of Gateway to the Isles. You can use a trolley to walk your sea kayak on to the ferry where it’s transported for the price of a bike.