Kayaking and Canoeing
Seeing Morvern, Sunart, Ardnamurchan, Moidart or Ardgour from the road is one thing, but seeing it from on the water, whether by canoe or kayak, is another thing altogether!
It brings a completely different perspective on our landscape and wildlife; As soon as you leave the beach or jetty you will begin to feel a connection with the water, the wind and the wildlife you just can’t get whilst on land.
As your canoe cuts smoothly through calm waters, thoughts of everyday matters disappear rapidly from your mind and a slow adventure grows from within you away from technology and the hustle-and-bustle of modern life.
Whilst numerous lochs shape ‘Ardnamurchan’, it is Loch Sunart (pronounced ‘soon-art’), at around 19 miles (31 kilometres) long, that defines the peninsulas by almost casting the Morvern peninsula off towards Mull.
Not only is Sunart the longest sea loch in the highlands region, it is home to many species that are not easy to spot. Harbour porpoise, common seals and a large number of Eurasian otter families hold obvious fascinations, but the sheer diversity of birds that use the beaches and rocky outcrops as feeding and nesting sites throughout the year also have to be admired.
Loch Sunart is also part of two Marine Protected Areas: one for the incredibly rare flame shell beds and another, extending into the Sound of Mull and on to Jura, for Common skate.
Then there are the sandy beaches, the aquamarine waters, the mountains, the clean air, and don’t forget the stunning sunsets and the islands…
Carna, Oronsay and the petite Risga sit inside the shelter of Loch Sunart and offer unique waters to explore. Heading onto open water will take you across to Mull and onto the islands of Coll and Tiree – a serious undertaking and not one for a beginner.
If you are heading out on your own water-based adventures, you will have many miles of coastline, rocky outcrops and stunning beaches to explore: enough to keep you coming back for many years to come.
Should your experience of paddle sports not include tidal waters and weather conditions that may change rapidly, then get in touch with Otter Adventures who can take complete beginners out on half-day and full-day guided trips in suitable weather conditions. They also provide all necessary specialist equipment to make your adventure more comfortable, enjoyable and memorable.
Then you can see for yourself just how stunning the landscape of our peninsulas is from on the water….
On the north of the peninsular you are in the Sound of Arisaig; the home of white beaches and the Small Isles. Many of the white beaches are described as 'singing sands' because . . . you will need to visit one to find out! The Small Isles of Muck, Eigg, Rhum and Canna are a more serious undertaking, although from almost anywhere on the north of the Ardnamurchan peninsular they make the most fabulous backdrop as you discover what lies around the next headland . . .
For the less experienced, please use careful planning, good knowledge and skill, or better still, make sure you have a qualified guide as part of your group as it takes only a few minutes for conditions to change rapidly, and here at the most western fringe of mainland UK, this is particularly so.
A brief introduction to our area, such as this, cannot tell you exactly where to go and what to do as the options are many and your skills and the weather will determine where you paddle.
So whether you come to stay with us, or ask us to guide or teach you, be assured you will be Sea-kayaking in one of the most stunning and accessible areas the West Coast of Scotland has to offer.