Sit-On Kayaking

Come and join in the fun on one of our sit-on-top (SOT) kayaks.  As the name suggests you sit on top of these kayaks and not in them, meaning they are very stable and have no risk of entrapment and therefore perfect for beginners and children. If you do capsize you just fall off and can easily hold onto the kayak. The kayak is really easy to get upright again, because of course, being a sit-on-top, it doesn’t fill with much water. These kayaks are virtually unsinkable! Our sit-on-tops are also self-bailing, which means they have small holes (called “scupper holes”) that allow the water to drain right through them.

Sit-on-top kayaks are relatively comfortable over sit-in kayaks. Paddlers with large body types, long legs, or limited flexibility may feel less confined on these kayaks. They are great for adults or kids who are bit more nervous too.

Och Aye Canoe also offers river-trips by sit-on kayak too.

Even pets can come kayaking.  Holly the dog out at Loch Tay in Killin.

 Kayaking is suitable for people of all ages, with no previous experience required.  We will guide you safely around local lochs, rivers, and canals at a pace to suit you.  It is a great individual or family pursuit that will improve your cardio fitness and strength.

Getting out on the water gives you a whole new perspective and can make for some memorable experiences.

After introducing you to the equipment we will spend time coaching basic strokes to allow you to confidently manage and control your kayak.  These skills will be interspersed with games and challenges designed to put your new abilities to the test.

We also offer advanced skills coaching for people wishing to improve their kayaking or follow the British Canoe Union awards system. 

You are provided with wetsuit (if required) and buoyancy aid.  You will need to bring swimwear for under wetsuit, a towel, and shoes that can get wet. Click here for more information on equipment.

Loch Leven trip – Loch Leven’s nearest town is Kinross (just off the M90).  We meet at the Kirkgate carpark, Kinross, KY13 8ET is the nearest postcode.  

Loch Leven is a very important European-designated Reserve, famous for its over-wintering bird population. Roughly circular the loch has a diameter of about 16km.  The burgh of Kinross lies at its western end.  Loch Leven Castle lies on an island a short way offshore.  The castle was the prison of Mary Queen of Scots in 1567. 

Sit-on kayaks at Loch Leven.

Kayaking on the loch is only possible between 1st April and 31st August and even then there is restricted access due to the bird-breeding programmes.

We use sit-on-top (SOT) kayaks meaning this trip is suitable for complete beginners. Click here for more information on equipment.

Lochore Meadows – Situated within the country park, turn left towards the green building by the piers and meet there. Postcode is KY5 8BA

Lochore Meadows is an attractive area, comprising reclaimed coal mining waste-land, gently rolling grassland and woodland. There is ample free parking, a cafe, toilets and a children’s play park, and a small beach.

A summer evening of kayaking at Lochore.
Kids kayaking at Lochore, age 8 and over.