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Orkney’s spectacular coastline, with its soaring cliffs, perfect beaches and abundant wildlife, is best explored and appreciated by sea kayak!

Sea Kayak 59° North are Orkney’s only sea-kayaking guides, providing expert leadership for your unforgettable islands adventure.

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Kayaking Experiences in the Orkney Islands

Guided Sea Kayak Tours

Whether you are a seasoned paddler or just starting out in the sport, we will tailor a kayaking trip to suit your specific needs.

  • Novices
  • Improvers
  • Experienced
  • Groups
  • Qualified instructors
  • Provide all equipment
  • Fully insured
  • BCU Performance Award provider
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Our Guides

Kristian Cooper, has over 20 years of kayak instruction experience. He is passionate about his Orkney homeland and loves to share its coastline and secrets.

Kristian holds a British Canoe Union Advanced Sea Kayak Leader qualification, and is an BC Advanced Sea Kayak Coach.

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On a trip to Orkney I arranged a Kayaking trip with Kristian. He supplied the equipment and arranged the best place to go, taking into account weather conditions.
He was knowledgeable of the area and showed us some hidden spots only accessible via kayak. I enjoyed exploring the small caves and it was great to be out on the water in Orkney, having visited many times before.

Kristian tailored the trip to our experience. He made you feel at ease and you know you were safe throughout the trip.


I am originally from Orkney however, have never been kayaking in Orkney. When coming home to visit family I contacted Kristian and arranged a trip. I was open where to go and Kristian recommend we go East due to the swell in the West. Kristian supplied all the equipment and we headed East. I had only been kayaking a few times and Kristian was very good in making sure I was comfortable and provided some instruction to help me improve along the way. Kristian took us out into the bay and around South Cara. We went through a small cave and then stopped for lunch. My favourite part was navigating through the narrow passage of the cave. The scenery was beautiful, and you get a different perspective of the coastline from the water. I was a little nervous going back as it was choppier, and the fog came in over the sea. I was very glad to have Kristian, a very experienced instructor with us. Thank you once again for such an excellent trip, you made our trip to Orkney.

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