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East Coast

Eastern gems include Stonehaven and the East Neuk of Fife. From imposing cliffs to quiet fishing towns, the east coast is breathtaking and offers the chance of kayaking in rougher water and getting a taste for surf.

Introduction to Rough Water - Stonehaven

Price: £180pp

Where: Stonehaven area

When: autumn to winter

Highlights: moderate water, surf, caves and rock hopping

On this 2 day course we will use the rugged east coast to introduce you to the fundamentals of rough water sea kayaking. We'll cover things like launching and landing in surf, rock hopping and navigating rough headlands and narrow corridors. In a very controlled environment you will learn how to maneuver your boat quickly and efficiently using simple strokes while challenging yourself. This trip is aimed at people who want to develop their personal paddling in a more challenging environment. A roll isn't required but would be handy. This trip is weather permitting and relies on a small amount of swell. The east coast has a fairly likely chance of swell, however if the conditions aren't right we might change the plan/ location to accommodate the course. 

What's Included: all kayaking equipment, guide at 1:4 ratio, fully catered, trip photographs

Not Included: transportation to and from start point, helmet

Improver Sea Kayaking - The Moray Coast

Price: £95pp

Where: Moray

When: spring to autumn

Highlights: Bow Fiddle Rock, chance of dolphins and quaint fishing harbours

The beaches, cliffs and open water of the north east coast make for a great day on the water. This trip is aimed at people with a little experience. We plan to paddle around 10 km, along the Moray coast. Somedays we launch at Fort George, heading over towards Chanonray Point which is famous for it’s resident pod of Bottlenose Dolphins. If we’re lucky here we might even get the aqua-batik show often put on by the dolphins. Better weather allows us to head further east to Port Knockie. Here we launch from a small harbour, heading east towards Sandend a popular surf beach, passing Bow Fiddle Rock - a natural arch of epic proportions.

What's Included: all kayaking equipment, guide at 1:4 ratio, tea and coffee, lunch, trip photographs

Not Included: transportation to and from start point

Introduction to Sea Kayaking - East Neuk, Fife

Price: £95pp

Where: East Neuk of Fife

When: spring to autumn

Highlights: variety of wildlife, quaint fishing villages

Quaint villages, ancient harbours and a thriving Grey Seal community. Fife's coast line is dotted with tiny towns and equally tiny harbours. The start point varies for this trip, taking weather conditions, group needs and time of year into consideration. A typical day here starts in Anstruther, using the shelter of the harbour to get the basics, then heading either north or south taking in the wonderful sights of the East Neuk. This is a perfect trip for those who have never been kayaking before.

What's Included: all kayaking equipment, guide at 1:4 ratio, tea and coffee, lunch, trip photographs

Not Included: transportation to and from start point

Introduction to Sea Kayaking - Stonehaven

Price: £95pp

Where: Stonehaven Harbour

When: spring to early summer

Highlights: seabirds, Dunnottar Castle, quaint fishing town and caves

We set off from the picturesque harbour in Stonehaven. This is a trip aimed at beginners. We’ll spend the morning in the harbour developing basic skills like forwards paddling, turning and using our edges. The afternoon offers the opportunity to head out of the harbour and go for a short journey exploring some of the caves and spectacular rock features carved out by the north sea. If conditions allow, we’ll head down to 15th century Dunnottar Castle with our camera at the ready. We run this trip in the spring months giving the best chance to see the thousands of seabirds nesting on the high cliffs of the east coast.

What's Included: all kayaking equipment, guide at 1:4 ratio, tea and coffee, lunch, trip photographs

Not Included: transportation to and from start point

4 Day Improver - Stonehaven

Price: £620pp

Where: Stonehaven

When: spring to early summer

Highlights: seabirds, comfortable accommodation, a delicious menu and caves

This 4 day, 3 night trip is based just south of Stonehaven. We'll explore the coast line north and south, discovering hidden caves, deep fissures in the rock and perhaps a surf at the beach in Stonehaven. We run 2 trips here per year, both in the spring giving us the best chance to see the thousands of nesting birds that call the cliffs here home for a few months. We hope to see Puffins, Razor Bills, Guillemots and many more. Enjoy the wildness of this coast line while staying in comfort at one of our small self catering cottages. All meals from lunch on day 1 to lunch on day 4 are included. Join us on this trip if you have already done 2 or more days in a sea kayak.

What's Included: all kayaking equipment, guide at 1:4 ratio, tea and coffee, trip photographs, all meals from lunch day 1 to lunch day 4, shared accommodation

Not Included: transportation to and from start point