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Argyll Sea Kayak Trail

Paddling gives you the best seat in the house for viewing coastal wildlife and stunning vistas, and Oban is a kayaker’s heaven. Terminus of the Argyll Sea Kayak Trail, voted as one of the 10 Best Reasons to Visit Scotland, Oban boasts a group of easily accessible launch sites at key points along a route that links Helensburgh in the south-east with Oban in the north-west.



At 150 km long in eight sections, the trail boasts some cracking spots, and, while we might be a bit biased, we think the Oban leg has some of the best. From the legendary Corryvrecken whirlpool to Cuan Sound to the Isle of Easdale, the Argyll Kayak Trail will reward you with thrilling spots, as well as calm areas. You can spot otters, porpoise, dolphins, sea eagles, herons, ducks geese and many more of the west’s fantastic wildlife.

(Always check weather conditions, be prepared and kayak within your limits.)


The kayak trail is a group of easily accessible launch sites at key points along a route which links Helensburgh in the south-east with Oban in the north-west. The launch sites are located at Ganavan (near Oban), Arduaine, Crinan, Ardrishaig, Tarbert, North Bute, Toward, Dunoon and Helensburgh.




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Paddling gives you the best seat in the house for viewing coastal wildlife and stunning vistas, and Oban is a kayaker’s heaven.


Home to the Argyll Sea Kayak Trail, voted as one of the 10 Best Reasons to Visit Scotland, Oban boasts a group of easily accessible launch sites at key points along a route that links Helensburgh in the south-east with Oban in the north-west


At 150 km long in eight sections, the trail boasts some cracking spots, and, while we might be a bit biased, we think the Oban leg has some of the best. From the legendary Corryvrecken whirlpool to Cuan Sound to the Isle of Eadale, the Argyll Kayak Trail will reward you with thrilling spots, as well as calm areas. You can spot otters, porpoise, dolphins, sea eagles, herons, ducks geese and many more of the west’s fantastic wildlife.


Whether you are an intermediate or an old hat, the Oban leg, one of the longest at 28 km, starts at Ganavan Beach, follows the coastline west to Sgeir an Eitich, then turns south to pass between Maiden Island and Little Ganavan.


You'll see Dunollie Castle come into view as you enter Oban Bay. The bay is busy with ferries and fishing boats, so take care to give them a wide berth! You'll head to Kerrera Sound, past Heather Island- either side of the sound is fine to paddle, depending on conditions. You'll then follow the coast past Minard Point and the mouth of beautiful Loch Feochan. Take a rest in Barnacarry Bay on the opposite side of the mouth before making your way around the coastline to the islands. Head to the tip of Rubha Garbh Airde, a continue down the Isle of Seil (watch out for rough conditions!) then turn into Easdale Sound- you will see Ellenbeich. There is a natural rock slipway in the far corner. Have a vehicle waiting, and stop in for refreshment while you are there.


Paddling tips


  • Don't forget to check the tide and weather forecast, but be prepared for changeable conditions.

  • Always check out the sections you plan to paddle and anticipate any hazards. Most sections are fine for early intermediate paddler if accompanied by a more experienced one.

  • Beginners should take a qualified guide.


 

Don't fancy getting out on the water to explore Argyll? Maybe a walking tour in Oban is more your speed, and our local guide will show you the highlights and hidden gems of this lovely seaside town. From famous monuments and cathedrals to sweeping vistas and poignant history, plus life in Oban today, you'll get an inside view of the town that you would never discover on your own by simply sightseeing in Oban. Book your Oban walking tour online today!





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