Sea Kayaking Venues
The North Berwick coastline is a fantastic area to experience sea kayaking where you can head out on a journey around the islands of Craigleith and Lamb or go further out around Fidra or the world famous Bass Rock. We can stop on some of Scotland's most beautiful beaches, pass under historic Tantallon Castle, or paddle into the smallest harbour in Scotland. This area is full of wildlife, with huge seabird colonies including puffins, gannets, razorbills, guillemots, and many more. Seals and, on occasion, porpoises, dolphins, or even whales might keep us company.
Silversands beach is nestled in a sheltered bay beside the beautiful village of Aberdour. Leaving the bay we pass under the cliffs of the Hawcraig with the Firth of Forth opening up with views out toward Edinburgh and the islands of the inner Forth. We will explore and discover Fifes coastline and island wildlife, which include a wide variety of seabirds and the many rocky outcrops which are home to the large grey seal population in the area.
The area is full of history from the beautiful historic village of Aberdour, full of narrow winding lanes, quaint shops, blue flag beaches, a 12th century castle, which is used in the filming of the TV series Outlander, surviving First and Second World War features and Inchcolm Island with its medieval ruins - Inchcolm Abbey.
St. Abbs Head
The geology of St. Abb’s Head Nature Reserve is spectacular with sheer cliffs, offshore stacks and narrow gullies which were formed by active volcanoes thousands of years ago, making for excellent sea kayak exploration. It is home to one of Britain’s biggest seabird colonies during the spring and summer months for the likes of Guillemots, razorbills, kittiwakes, puffins, fulmars and shags. If you’re a nature lover, this is one of THE places to visit for a spring and summer paddle, however, we do have to mindful between April and July, to prevent disturbance to breeding seabirds and other wildlife.
Just down the road is the traditional fishing village of St Abbs with a harbour, its own privately funded and independent lifeboat station, an interactive visitors centre and some even more superb cafes.
Leaving from Port Edgar Marina which is located on the Firth of Forth, between the iconic Road and Rail Bridges and the new Queensferry Crossing. The marina boasts great facilities allowing us to practise skills, however it is also an ideal base for exploring the spectacular scenery, historic harbours and interesting islands of the Firth and East coast.