We are Ocean Alba

We are a small, mobile sea kayaking company based in the heart of Scotland, Aberfeldy. We specialise in delivering first class coaching and sea kayaking experiences. Being mobile allows us to use both the east and west coasts of Scotland. Our philosophy is simple - explore Scotland’s wild places while enjoying the enormously diverse wildlife and the ancient culture of our small islands. We operate responsibly and sustainably to encourage cleaner, healthier and a more prosperous coastal environment.

What's Included

Lunch is included on all of our trips, as is all kayaking equipment needed for a day at sea. We also provide, where appropriate, video feedback, a personalised action plan and photographs of every trip we run. On our accommodation trips we provide all food from the first day to the last including snacks and hot drinks.

Our groups are never any bigger than 5 people. Thats 4 clients and 1 guide. A smaller group makes for a higher quality experience for you. It also opens up trips and locations that bigger groups cannot access.

Sometimes we work with other providers to run particular courses, we’ll let you know if any courses we run are in conjunction with another provider.

We look forward to welcoming you onto one of our courses. Let's explore!

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isle of skye sea kayaking

Ali McGhee

Ali works full time as a guide and coach all over Scotland and occasionally in other parts of the United Kingdom. Ali has been in the outdoor business for 10 years and works on sea kayaking, canoeing and river kayaking courses. Having studied Sports Coaching and Development of Sport for 3 years and trained at the National Outdoor Centre for Scotland, Glenmore Lodge for a year, Ali is well placed to deliver quality coaching and guiding.

Me in 3 - Passionate, knowledgable and enthusiastic.

Favourite place - kayaking around Mingulay on the Outer Hebridean Chain. I love the remoteness, wildlife and geography of that whole area.

The Ocean Clean Up

We care about the environment...so we organise 'Ocean Clean Up' days throughout the year. We take our kayaks to otherwise inaccessible beaches, fill our boats with as much rubbish as possible and recycle what we can. By taking responsibility for our beaches we encourage more of the wildlife we love to see thrive in a cleaner, purer environment. We are making a difference to the beaches and seas around Scotland, one beach at a time. To get involved visit our Facebook page. It’s free to participate, all you have to do is join one of the events on the Facebook page.

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Wildlife

We have carefully planned each of our trips to coincide with a combination of season, tides, locations and local knowledge to ensure the best possible chance of catching a glimpse of Scotland’s captivating wildlife in its natural environment. For example we visit the cliffs of Stonehaven in spring when the Puffins are nesting, we only go to the Outer Hebrides in high summer to paddle with the Basking Sharks and we wait for the Dolphins in Moray when the tide is right. The most common “big” animal we see is the Harbour Seal, followed by the elusive Otter, next is the Porpoise and occasionally we see White Tailed Sea eagles, Dolphins, Whales and Basking Sharks. For an up to date record of sightings go to the home page and look through the sightings table.

We support the RNLI

Knowing that there is a team of volunteers ready to come to the rescue what ever the reason is invaluable. If things get a little sticky we can call on the help of the RNLI. The service provided by these guys cannot be underestimated. Therefore we will donate 1% or £1 (which ever is more) to the RNLI for every single booking we get.

By supporting this voluntary program we invest in our safety and the safety of others while enjoying Scotland’s unrivaled world class coastline.

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