Kayaking and Canoeing
Kayaking or canoeing is a great way to explore Loch Sunart from a different perspective and see wildlife up close. There are many places along Loch Sunart to launch kayaks or canoes and take in this marine world.
Loch Sunart is part of two Marine Protection Areas thanks to its rare flame shell beds and population of Common Skate but there are many other species that are more easily accessible and regularly frequent the waters and shorelines. Otters, porpoises, and Sea eagles are often much easier to approach by water, so keep your camera handy.
Heading west you can see Ardnamurchan Point and the islands of Coll, Tiree, Eigg, Muck, Rhum and Skye on the horizon. These beautiful islands are within reach for experienced kayakers, but closer to home are the islands of Carna, Oronsay and Risga, and the mysterious Loch Teacuis, all within the sheltered waters of Loch Sunart, making them ideal destinations to explore
For those who would like to try a new experience or wish to develop their skills, several companies offer introductory sessions, accredited training or multi-day expeditions, including Otter Adventures and Source-To-Sea Canoe Adventures, both in Strontian, Sea Kayaking Arisaig is run from the Glenuig Inn and Rockhopper Sea Kayaking in Lochaber.
If you’d rather not rely on paddle power, small outboard self-drive boats can be hired from Ardnamurchan charters. These come complete with all equipment, fuel, a radio and tuition, for a full or half day and are ideal for up to 6 people exploring the loch, or for a few hours fishing.
Diving facilities, air and support are offered for experienced divers by Ardnamurchan Charters, for both deep and shallow dives, and also the opportunity to take part in reef mapping surveys.
There is a wide variety of fishing available in the area including salmon, sea trout, brown trout, lamprey, and eels. Within Loch Sunart’s open water there are deep water fish; skate, spurdog, conger eels and thornback rays, and going further afield the plentiful waters around Mull or Staffa can be reached by chartered boat from Ardnamurchan Charters
Fish move into the loch’s shallower water as darkness falls and the good news is shoreline fishing from the rocks along Loch Sunart is free. However, to access the fish in most other rivers and lochs in the region, a permit is necessary.
A day licence to fish the River Gour and Loch nan Godbhar can be purchased from Ardgour Stores, or via email by contacting: firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also hire rods and purchase other fishing equipment here.
Permits for the River Strontian, River Polloch and Loch Doilet, can be purchased from Strontian Village Shop or from the Sunart Community Company on 01967 402265.
Details about fishing on the River and Loch Shiel and how to buy permits can be found at rivershiel.co.uk and FishLochaber.co.uk, and permits can be purchased from the Loch Shiel Hotel at Acharacle. There is no bank fishing allowed on Loch Shiel, but boats can be hired at the Loch Shiel Hotel in Acharacle and the Acharacle slipway can be used by anglers with their own boat once a permit has been purchased.