The guide has stood the test of time very well so this is a reprint (2022) with minor updates and corrections. It is not a new edition so don’t rush out and buy one if you already have it. We have changed the title to Outer Hebrides Sea Kayaking. This is to make it clear that it is a sea kayaking guide, make it easier to find in searches, and to bring it more into line with our other guides.
From the foreword by Murdy Campbell: A Guide to the Outer Hebrides … I have kayaked around these Islands for over twenty years and still have not seen it all. The variety of kayaking in the Outer Hebrides is endless. There are so many sea lochs, inlets and hidden places which I am still exploring as there are over two thousand kilometres of Coastline to explore.
The Outer Hebrides has kayaking areas for everyone from the beginner to the advanced paddler; some of the large sea lochs are exceptionally good for downwind runs for those that enjoy surf in a sea kayak, you can enjoy the exposure of the high sea cliffs or the relative safety of the sandy beaches. On a summers day when the sun is shining and the winds are light, parts of the west coast of the Hebrides are like a tropical paradise.
For the more adventurous you can paddle to the offshore islands or you can go by charter boat. St Kilda is one of our most visited offshore islands and has the highest sea cliffs in Britain, it has one of the largest colonies of gannets in the world and some of the sea caves go deep into the cliffs. The Flannan Isles, known as the “seven hunters” are uninhabited and lay seventeen miles off the west coast of Lewis. The Monach Isles has one of the largest colonies of seals in Europe and are easily accessible by kayak. As you visit any of them you could see one or more of the twenty plus species of whales and dolphins recorded around the Hebrides.
Enjoy the guidebook and the Outer Hebrides, The Islands at the Edge of The World.