Guide to new Scottish kayak routes

Sea Kayaking on the North & East Coast of Scotland

Paddler’s book reveals 45 great kayak voyages on the north and east coasts

Doug Cooper is a renowned adventurer and next month his new book reveals 45 of his favourite kayaking voyages in Scotland on the less visited north and east coasts.

The guidebook, North and East Coasts of Scotland – Sea Kayaking, showcases some of this country’s best-kept paddling secrets. While the west coast is famed for its many coast and islands kayaking routes, paddlers sometimes overlook the north and east coasts.

But Doug shows that there are dozens of amazing routes to be kayaked. Although the north and east coasts of Scotland do not have as many sheltered water options as you might find on the west, and there is always some sort of swell, if kayakers make the effort it seems they will be richly rewarded. The book describes stunning cliff and coastal scenery, numerous bird colonies and fascinating fishing villages, each with their own history and character.

The North and East Coasts of Scotland – Sea Kayaking is lavishly filled with gorgeous colour photographs, detailed maps and tons of route information, including launching and landing sites, tides and potential hazards. Books such as this, published by Pesda Press, have become renowned as the ultimate kayakers’ guides.

More about Doug Cooper: Doug works at Scotland’s National Outdoor Training Centre, Glenmore Lodge, near Aviemore, where he is head of paddlesports. He is a Level 5 Coach in Sea and White Water and has the enviable job of taking people to remote and spectacular coastlines and rivers, then helping them improve their paddling skills. Many of the routes for his new book were researched while at his outdoors sea-based office.

North and East Coasts of Scotland – Sea Kayaking is priced £19.99 and is available from and good bookshops.

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