Exploring the Isle of Skye by Kayak

Have you thought of visiting Skye for an island-based kayak adventure?

The Isle of Skye is the largest of all the Inner Hebrides and also happens to be the home for some of Scotland’s most eye-popping scenery. Although it might take a long time to make your way out there, it’s certainly worth the journey.

In this guide we’re going to break down everything you need to know in order for you to sort out your sea kayak adventure in Skye, whether you’re a complete novice or an expert simply looking for some local guidance:

Getting there

If you’re travelling with your own kayaks then you’ll probably want to drive yourself there. Depending on where you live this could either be a gargantuan challenge or a simple skip across the water.

Regardless of the time of year that you’re travelling it’s always a good idea to check the weather before you travel, as many of the roads on the island are single tracks and can be eroded in bad weather. Otherwise, public transport will be able to take you on to the island. Trains frequently running to Mallaig from Glasgow requiring a change to a ferry, or you can catch a train from Inverness to Kyle, followed by a bus to Skye.


Although the Isle of Skye is full of stunning landscapes and seemingly endless rugged wilderness, there are still plenty of places to stay with a decent range to suit many types of budgets.

At the top of the range you’ll find Hotel Eilean Iarmain (from £260 per night), a stylish hotel experience which offers boutique styling with a whiskey distillery and restaurant on-site. A little cheaper (and also on the south side of the island) is the Kings Arms Hotel (from £125 per night); cheaper still are the likes of the Skyewalker Hostel (from £40). Of course, should you wish to make the ultimate saving you can always choose to wild camp.

Hiring kayaks

If you’re leaving your kayaks at home or trying out kayaking for the first time then you’ll no doubt be looking for a place to hire some vessels.

If you’re an experienced paddler suitably qualified then you can hire sea kayaks from Explore Highland for a minimum of two days for £70 (although you’ll need to hire at least four boats for this time) – you can check out their site for their complete price list.

Getting a guide

The best way to experience Sea Kayaking in Skye is by joining an organised group, this way you are supplied with all the equipment and tuition you need in addition to having a qualified guide who will be able to show you all the best places on the island.

There are a number of companies that specialise in providing this service. Once more, Explore Highland offer a good range of Kayak adventures, you can also check out Sea to Skye Xperience for a similar range of activities.

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