Sea Kayaking route cards


#1       St Govans Head

One of the most impressive and varied trips along the Welsh coastline. Continual cliffs yield few places to get out until the safety of Broad Haven, and overfalls, surf beaches, caves and a firing
range make this a challenging trip to plan.

#2       Dwyryd Estuary

In the north-east corner of Cardigan Bay, this is a good introductory paddle which can be taken to its tidal limit at Maentwrog, passing the ornate village of Portmeirion and the slate quays, before entering the Vale of Ffestiniog. A hasty return is necessary so as not to become beached on sandbanks – the estuary dries quickly. A tide of at least 8.5m at Liverpool makes this trip worthwhile.

#3       Conwy Estuary

The lower reaches of the Conwy display varied and beautiful scenery, historic monuments, Sites of Special Scientific Interest and spectacular views of the Carneddau mountains of northern Snowdonia. The advantageous strong tidal streams generated as the rising waters flood in from the Irish Sea will help you on your way to Dolgarrog Bridge, some eight kilometres upstream.

#4       Arisaig

This area is the nearest you will get to paddling in the Caribbean when in Scotland. On a sunny day it has golden sands and crystal clear waters. With the backdrop of the isles of Rum, Eigg, Muck and Skye it is a truly magical place.

#5       Summer Isles

This area is a sea kayaker’s paradise. It offers a wealth of islands, coastlines and wildlife to explore. With no real tidal concerns and relatively sheltered waters it is a perfect place to spend some time. This trip forms a brief tour of all the main islands of the Summer Isles.

#6       Terfor to Porth Dinllaen

A range of three bold peaks called Yr Eifl dominates this spectacular coastal scenery. These cliffs are home to thousands of nesting seabirds during their breeding season in spring and early summer. The coastline beyond the mountains reveals beaches and smaller headlands, until you reach Porth Dinllaen, where you can relax outside a charming pub beside the beach.

#7       Dunvegan to Stein

This trip offers wildlife, history, geology, coral beaches and a pub to finish. On a hot summer’s day, it is fantastic to linger and enjoy the coral beach. On a day with strong winds, the area still offers shelter to enjoy a paddle when most other venues are too exposed.

#8       The Stacks

Having negotiated the jagged headland and associated overfalls of Penrhyn Mawr you will be committed for the rest of this awe-inspiring journey around South and North Stack.

#9       Monach Islands

The Monachs, a National Nature Reserve, are a group of low-lying islands that used to be inhabited by as many as 140 people in 1891. They are separated by 7km of water from North Uist.

#10      Tusker Rock

The Severn Estuary has the second largest tides in the world and, as this mass of water moves up the estuary to where it narrows, the tide can cause a phenomenon called the Severn Bore. This makes the South Wales coastline not a place for the faint-hearted or those looking for a relaxed day.

#11      Firth of Forth

Launching and looking up to the Forth Rail Bridge provides an awe-inspiring view of this historical monument. This journey proves a unique paddling experience with Edinburgh City and its Castle as the backdrop.

#12      St Ann's Head 

This is a wonderful trip that will take you through a serious tidal race, past sandy beaches and round a major head land to finish in one of the world’s largest natural deep-water harbours.


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