Outer Hebrides Sea Kayaking

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Mothership kayak trip - Tall Ship - Oban to Oban. The Island hopper

Tall Ship Based Kayak Trips


This unique journey will allow us to discover the stunning islands that are dotted between Oban and Tiree sailing and kayaking via the Garvellachs Islands, the rugged west coast of Jura, lovely Colonsay, Iona, Staffa, the Treshnish Isles and the beautiful islands of Coll and Tiree all from the convenience and comfort of a tall ship. There is no set itinerary, so we can select the locations to kayak in, when we paddle, and when we set sail according to the tides and the weather.

Setting sail from Oban we will head over the the Garvellachs home to seals and otters and where a 9th century monastery stands with its 'bee-hive' corbelled stone cells. We will then sail on to paddle the north west coast of Jura and on out to beautiful Colonsay with its wide range of wild flowers and wildlife. Then its northwards for Iona, Staffa and the Treshnish Isles home to thousands of puffins and other sea birds. Finally we head out west to the islands of Coll and Tiree with its wonderful beaches and possibly the best location in Scotland to spot basking sharks before returning to Oban. This trip has it all, rugged coastlines kayaking, hard to reach locations, glorious beaches and truly wild landscapes.

Clearwater Paddling offer this unique sea kayaking and sailing experience aboard the Brigantine tall ship “Lady of Avenel”. The Lady of Avenel offers a comfortable base from which we will set out each day for our kayaking explorations. Accommodation is in twin cabins, with hot  showers and flush toilets aboard. The catering will be to the high Clearwater Paddling standard and meals will be taken in the comfortable and well appointed saloon.

We will need eight bookings for this trip to run, so please keep this in mind if you thinking of joining the tour. We are happy to take provisional bookings for this trip.

The Lady of Avenel will be captained by Stefan Fritz with two crew. You are more than welcome to become involved in crewing, and experience tall ship sailing at first hand, literally learning the ropes, taking responsibility on the helm, and with harnesses, climbing high into the rigging. There will be no compulsion to work the ropes, but being fully involved will certainly add a new and enjoyable dimension to your sea kayaking holiday.



How to Book

Available dates for this trip are shown below. Our trips are normally fully inclusive but some of our trips are available as self catering and/or kayaking-only basis. For our lodge-based trips the kayaking only option means you are responsible for all your meals and accommodation. For wild-camping trips you will be responsible for providing and cooking your own meals. Please contact us if you require more information.

Dates and prices

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There are no fixed dates for this trip but we do offer trips on demand and tailored trips so please do contact us with your preferred dates for details.

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