The Argyll Sea Kayak trail is 150km in length and offers some of the best sea kayaking in Europe. The route takes in some of Scotland’s most scenic coastlines and provides both the beginner and the most experienced kayaker with a thrilling and rewarding test. Why not be one of the first to tackle the full 150 km of the trail, or pick a section or two to try over a weekend?
Running from Ganavan Sands, near Oban, to Helensburgh, the Argyll Sea Kayak Trail is split into eight sections. It hugs the stunning Argyll coast down to the Sound of Jura before cutting through Mid Argyll via the Crinan Canal, otherwise dubbed ‘Britain’s most beautiful shortcut’.

The route then leads to the south end of Loch Fyne, before skirting Inner Kintyre and around the Kyles of Bute. The final sections lead the paddler through part of the Firth of Clyde, taking in Rothesay Bay and Wemyss Bay.
Sea Kayaking is one of the very best ways to explore in depth the magnificence of the west coast of Scotland. Rich in wildlife, naturally diverse coastline, sheltered waters, islands, sandy beaches, caves and much more, offer everything you might want from a world class paddling destination.

It’s no surprise why so many people travel from across the world to experience what Argyll and it’s islands has to offer in the way of Sea Kayaking – so don’t miss out!

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Helensurgh and Ardrishaig - Update on Argyll Sea Kayak Trail – Use the beach at Helensburgh and Ardrisaig

Helensburgh slipway continues to be closed and is programmed to open during October 2022.
We are expecting that works will start on the Ardrishaig project on 29 August 2022 and complete in April 2023, and access to the slip which forms part of Kayak Trail will be closed off.
Both access points slipways are closed however there are beaches adjacent where kayakers can come ashore.


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Information provided by
Visit Argyll
  • Argyll and the Islands
  • The European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development: Europe investing in rural areas
  • The Scottish Government
  • Argyll and Bute Council
  • Coastal Communities Fund
  • Scottish Canals
  • SCA: Scottish Canoe Association