Skye has around five hundred miles of coastline to be explored. Finding an accessible spot to launch isn’t too hard, either – here at Otter Lodge we simply cross the road with our kayaks and drop them in the water at high tide. They can get you to places that are normally out of reach and are great for getting really close to wildlife.

We came to Skye having done bits and pieces of kayaking over the years, but not much. However, we were so confident that Vanessa would love paddling here that we bought a sea kayak on our way up from Perthshire. The best way to really enjoy something like this is to have lots of opportunities to practice and the seashore is literally a stone’s throw from our front door. To add to this, there is a wealth of local paddling expertise, so it would be crazy not to make the most of it.

With all these miles of coast, you can nearly always find somewhere to launch, regardless of wind direction. However, gales can be savage, particularly from the south-west. We’ve noticed at the B&B that whether it’s climbers, paddlers or photographers, the really serious ones come in the colder months, often looking for ‘interesting’ conditions. Sea kayakers doing five star coaching courses don’t like dead calm days. On the other hand, for us mere mortals, there’s nothing like a paddle on a quiet summer evening as the sun sets behind the Skye Bridge.

Like the sound of that? South Skye Sea Kayak offer evening taster sessions on weekdays. They’ll also tailor a day’s kayaking to whatever you fancy: exploring, coaching or just lots and lots of rolling!

Over on the mainland, Sea Kayak Plockton also offer paddling trips. 

Find stories about our kayak trips here

Martin doing some kayak training