Kayaking around Torridon

Forming part of the increasingly popular Scottish Sea Kayak Trail, which runs 500km from the Mull of Kintyre to Ullapool, the Torridon area offers some of the most stunning coastal and inland water kayaking to be found in the Scottish Highlands.

Harbour seals near torridon scottish highlands

Harbour seals

Sea Otter, Diabaig in Torridon Scottish Highlands

Sea Otter, Diabaig

Kayaking the crystal clear waters around Loch Torridon and the Applecross peninsula will you will get a seal’s eye view of the spectacular coastline, and a myriad of opportunities to explore the many hidden coves, sea inlets and sandy beaches.  There is nothing more exhilarating than quietly sitting in a kayak watching otters at play, or watching inquisitive seals slowly plucking up the courage to come closer and closer to your boat.

There are many outdoor activity operators offering kayaking tours of the area, so why not give one of them a go? Their unique knowledge of the area will be invaluable in helping you get the most out of your visit.

There are also many inland lochs waiting to be explored.  Why not kayak or canoe one of Britian’s least polluted fresh water lochs – the beautiful waters of Loch Maree, a Scottish Natural Nature Reserve, which sits beneath the towering shear slopes of Slioch?

Wishing Tree with coins in trunk, Loch Maree in the Torridon

Wishing Tree, Loch Maree

Black throated diver, Loch Maree

Black throated diver, Loch Maree

Explore its 60 scattered islands, which are covered in some of the most natural and oldest Caledonian Pine Forest to be found in Scotland.  Isle Maree, believed to be the hermitage of Saint Mael Ruba, is steeped in history, as far back as the 8th century.  It hides the remains of a chapel, graveyard, holywell and a holy wishing tree which is festooned with hammered in copper coins – the tree long since dead from copper poisoning.