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Alison French
Kyle of Lochalsh
IV40 8BD

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Sea Kayak Skye / Intermediate

Kayaking on the Skye coast, launching at Elgol.

The sea around the Isle of Skye presents the intermediate kayaker with an array of conditions to hone skills and play in. The Atlantic tides squeeze through the narrows between the Isle of Skye and the mainland, and when they do they give rise to faster moving water presenting the more experienced paddler with rough water, turbulence and eddies.

By kayak we can explore the Isle of Skye's remote and inaccessible coastline and maybe get a chance to see some of the marine life that inhabits its waters. Minke whales and basking sharks populate the surrounding seas, as well as porpoise, otter, seals and dolphins. Bird life too favours the remote cliffs of Skye and its surrounding islands and by kayak we get the best chance of catching a glimpse of the rare white-tailed sea eagle.

Skye's awe inspiring landscape gives rise to stunning coastal scenery consisting of sheer cliffs, rock arches, caves, sea stacks and pinnacles and interspersed by sheltered bays and beaches. Depending on how much time you have to spare, we offer a range of experiences to choose from. Of course, the more time you can spend in a boat the more your confidence will grow.

We cover the BCU three star syllabus during our three and five day Sea Kayak Skye / intermediate courses. Successful performance at BCU three star level indicates that a candidate can consider themselves an intermediate paddler rather than a beginner. If you are at the required level by the end of the course you can be assessed for this award. For more information about the BCU three star please go the BCU qualifications page.

Level Some experience in conditions and a desire to develop skills in waves, wind and tides
Length 1-5 days

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Price £85 per day
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Isle of Skye

The Cuillin mountains on the Isle of Skye