Guided sea kayaking trips
Our guided sea kayaking trips are geared for individuals and small groups of all sea kayaking abilities. You could be a complete beginner, a watersports enthusiast or an experienced sea paddler looking to venture into the West of Scotland’s waters for the first time.
Whatever your background, we’ll put together a trip to suit you. We can provide all the equipment you need and we’ll advise you on what to wear and bring along with you. A waterproof camera is a good idea – a sense of adventure and a smile are essential!
Your sea kayaking trip
Trip arrangements are flexible to suit you. We’ll pick you up at an agreed location in Oban or at your holiday accommodation if it is within a 20 minute drive of Oban. We also provide a pick-up service from Oban railway or bus stations. We’ll drive you to our launch point where you will be given your kayaking gear and fitted in your kayak. During the trip we will provide hot drinks.
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A fabulous range of sea kayaking
The Oban area offers a fabulous range of possibilities for sea kayaking. Your trip will be arranged to suit your needs, but here are a few of our most popular journeys.
Kayaking with overnight camping
Two day kayaking with an overnight wild camp, this trip is aimed at beginners/novices who either haven’t camped from their kayak before or wild camped. The route will be tailored to suit your skill level. After a day’s paddling, we’ll set up camp where you can simply relax and enjoy looking out to sea as the sun sets. Bring your own tent, sleeping mat, sleeping bag. We’ll supply a kit and food list.
Check the Oban Seakayak Guides Trip Diary for the next dates or contact us to arrange a suitable date.
Paddle and a Pint
A memorable day trip by kayak– a paddle taking in interesting sights along the way, a lunch stop on Kerrera with good food and fabulous views of Oban Bay.
We’ll start at Ganavan Sands to the north of Oban, and paddle out to Maiden Island where the views across to Lismore lighthouse and Mull open out. We’ll cross the channel to Kerrera bay and enter the marina – see which sleek yacht you dream of owning! Stop for lunch at Oban Marina’s Waypoint Bar and Grill – a relaxed eatery where you can sit quite happily in your paddling gear and take in the view. Enjoy a simple bowl of chips and a pint or sample the daily seafood specials – local mussels, scallops and fish. Whilst we’ll get to Oban Marina by kayak, your friends and family can join us there for lunch as there’s a free ferry out from Oban's North Pier www.obanmarina.com.
After lunch we’ll paddle across the bay to Oban taking in the best view of the town ad harbour before working our way back along the coast to Ganavan.
We plan to run this trip frequently May to August so check the Oban Seakayak Guides Trip Diary for the next date.
Novice/intermediate day trips
- Oban harbour, go around part/all of the island of Kerrera, stop off at café, Island of Shuna, Castle Stalker and Appin
- Evening paddles - sunset over Kerrera
Advanced day trips
- Open crossings to Grass Point, Mull
- Explore the Sound of Luing
- Circumnavigate the Island of Seil
- West coast of Lunga and the Grey Dog
- Tidal races off Easdale, Fladda, Belnahua
- Oban and around Seil
- Surfing at the Falls of Lora or Loch Creran
Guided trip prices
Our trips cost £75 per person per day, based on a minimum of two persons.
For bespoke trips and courses, or longer trips including overnight camping out, please contact us for prices.
We can provide all of the equipment you need: high quality sea kayak, paddle, spraydeck, waterproof cag, buoyancy aid (PFD) and dry bag for spare clothes. You may of course prefer to bring your own gear.
We use two types of sea kayaks: SKUK Romany RM (4.88m long), a stable, fast and manoeuvrable kayak and P&H Scorpios (5.16m long) which are super stable and easy to control.
Sea Kayaking Noticeboard
Gill Barnsley of Oban Sea Kayak Guides died peacefully at Lorn and Islands hospital, Oban on 5th May 2017. She will be sorely missed by Colin, friends, family and colleagues.
A gathering to celebrate Gill’s life will be held on Thursday 25 May at 1pm in the Argyllshire Gathering Halls, Oban. All are welcome; Colin hopes that as many of Gill’s friends, colleagues, neighbours and fellow paddlers as possible will come to the gathering.
Colin requests that bright, casual/outdoor clothing be worn. Family flowers only. A retiral collection/donations will be taken for the Macmillan Suite at Lorn & Islands Hospital, Oban.
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