Janet Hopwood
Correspondence Secretary
Half of Seven
Isle of Skye
IV49 9BA

Tel. 01471 820 164



Practising rescues

Welcome to the South Skye and Lochalsh Kayak Club. We are a sea kayaking club based in South Skye and Lochalsh on the west coast of Scotland.

We currently have over one hundred members and have been running for about 10 years. We run the majority of the summer sessions in Kyleakin harbour and under the Skye Bridge. During the winter we hold training sessions in Kyle swimming pool.

The aim of the club is to encourage young and old to participate in sea kayaking in a safe manner and provide instruction to a high level.

Summer trip to Fidden on the Isle of Mull

Membership of the club is open to anyone with an interest in canoeing and kayaking. The minimum age to become a member is ten years of age. The SSLKC is an affiliated member of the Scottish Canoe Association.

In July the club also organises a one week kayaking holiday to other parts of Scotland such as the Isle of Mull or Gairloch. These trips aim to provide experience for both young or inexperienced paddlers as well as more challenging trips for advanced kayakers.

The members of the Club are grateful for the generous help of the following organisations; Skye and Lochalsh Area Sports Council, The Scottish Canoe Association,The Big Lottery Fund, Awards for All and the Royal Bank of Scotland Community Cashback Awards. These bodies have funded training for coaches, the purchase of a club trailer, sea kayaks, touring paddles, kagouls, spray decks, buoyancy aids, and the set-up of this website. Our thanks also to Plockton High School for the loan of their school kayaks.

Marine Harvest works near Kyleakin and the Skye bridge

Please see attached a Marine Chart extract at approx 1:5000 scale which shows the area within which Marine Plant and divers will be working during the course of the pier re-construction works. The north-east corner of the area is marked by a scientific data buoy, as shown on the chart. Construction operations are expected to last until late autumn 2018. A notice to Mariners has been issued advising all vessels to remain well clear of the works. Vessels not engaged in the project should remain clear of this area throughout the works.

Small craft in particular should recognise that dredgers, barges and tugs will regularly be working or manoeuvring (with little advance warning) close to the working area boundary. We would suggest all small craft should maintain a safe distance of at least 200m away from the boundary to reduce the risk of swamping by waves generated by vessels and plant working and turning in the area. In addition all craft passing the area should recognise that the Pier is once again a working marine facility, and that large and relatively un-manoeuvrable vessels will at intervals be making their way between the navigation channel and the site to deliver materials and equipment, through the course of the works.

Please thank the Kayaking Club on behalf of the construction team and Marine Harvest for their assistance and patience in keeping their members safe during the course of the reconstruction works.

Marine Harvest construction Paddling off the west coast of Scotland

Paddling off the West Coast of Scotland.