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About Gairloch Kayak Centre

Established in 2019 the Gairloch Kayak Centre is an award-winning kayaking centre. Based at Shieldaig lodge hotel, we offer unforgettable experiences with highly qualified and experienced instructors. We provide modern kayaks and equipment, as well as breathtaking scenery and wildlife sightings. Come join us for an adventure on the water!

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A Bit about me

Hi, I’m Fraser, senior instructor from 2019 to 2022 but now the proud owner of Gairloch Kayak Centre.

I started my instructing career as a snow sports instructor nearly ten years ago. Since then, I have become qualified in many outdoor adventure activities such as rock climbing, archery, mountain biking, and of course canoeing and kayaking. I have been leading groups in the outdoors all over Scotland and even a season teaching skiing in Japan!

I first joined Gairloch Canoe and Kayak Centre in 2019 and spent the summer guiding groups round Shieldaig Bay and Loch Maree and was awarded Best Outdoor Adventure Experience that year by the Highlands and Islands Tourism Awards. I loved it so much I came back for the next three seasons.

I have lived in the Gairloch area since 2018 with my wife Anna who runs a small jewellery business in Badachro, and my two dogs Mara and Bramble


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In 2023 I took a step back from kayaking and worked for the Highland Council Access Rangers in Wester Ross. My job was to promote responsible camping and teach people on the North Coast 500 to follow the Scottish outdoor access code.

Next Chapter for Gairloch kayak centre

The next steps for the Gairloch Kayak Centre will be with me, Fraser, at the helm. I cant wait to meet some of you this year and possibly see some familiar faces!

Book now for a kayak adventure with me at the Gairloch Kayak Centre.

There will be no immediate major changes, we will still be based at Shieldaig Lodge near Gairloch, offering fantastic group kayaking experiences both in the bay and on Loch Maree.

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Explore Gairloch and loch Maree by kayak

At Gairloch Kayak Centre, we offer a variety of kayaking experiences for all levels of paddlers. Our team of professional instructors will guide you through the basics and ensure your safety on the water. We pride ourselves on providing a personalised and unforgettable experience that will have you coming back for more. Whether you're looking for a peaceful paddle or a wildlife spotting trip, or to work on your paddling skills, we've got you covered.


Discover Our Beautiful Surroundings

Our kayaking trips take you through some of the most stunning scenery in Scotland. From crystal clear waters to rugged coastlines, there's always something new to explore. Keep an eye out for local wildlife, including seals, seabirds and even the occasional dolphin or whale. Our experienced guides will share their knowledge of the area and ensure you get the most out of your trip.

Safety is Our Top Priority

At Gairloch Kayak Centre, we take safety very seriously. Our instructors are fully qualified and experienced in all aspects of kayaking and we provide quality equipment to ensure your safety on the water. We also closely monitor weather conditions and adjust our trips accordingly. Your safety is our top priority.


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Our Team

Our small, professional team is ready to take you on your next adventure.

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