If you wish to canoe or sail on a loch or reservoir used intensively by a commercial fishery, be aware that this can be very disruptive, may raise safety issues because of the high number of anglers in a relatively small area and may impact on the operation of these businesses.
Can you kayak in Scotland?
Scotland is one of the best destinations in the world for sea kayaking as it boasts hundreds of miles of secluded beaches, cliffs, caves, tunnels, and beautiful blue waters.
Can you put a kayak in the water anywhere?
To get to the water, you have a legal right to carry your kayak along any public highway such as a public road or footpath. You may have a legal right to carry kayaks over private land to get to the beach, even if there is no footpath, but don’t expect the landowner to be happy about it.
Can I canoe on a reservoir?
Except during water releases, the river joining the reservoirs is normally dry and canoeing impossible. Paddling on the reservoirs and above is strictly prohibited.
Can you paddleboard anywhere in Scotland?
The flat waters of Scotland’s largest loch are ideal for paddleboarding. The many islands offer shelter and places to explore, while the sheer size of the loch allows more experienced paddleboarders the opportunity to enjoy open water conditions. There are places to launch your paddleboard all around the loch.
Do I need a permit to kayak in Scotland?
No. Since the Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2003, Scotland has what we call the ‘right to roam,’ meaning you don’t need a licence to paddle there. If however you do live in Scotland and paddle regularly, you can join the Scottish Canoe Association which includes a host of benefits including liability insurance.
Do I need a licence for an inflatable kayak?
No. As long as the person holding the waterways licence is actually in the inflatable kayak then they are able to have a co-pilot or a passenger on board.
Do you need a permit to kayak on Loch Lomond?
The kayaks will only be hired out if the weather conditions permit. Loch Lomond is 23 miles long and contains over 30 islands giving you endless opportunities to explore but the following are some popular options.
Can you kayak on Dovestones reservoir?
The word kayak originates from the Greenlandic Inuktitut language, where it is the word ‘qajaq’. In the UK the term canoe is often used when referring to a kayak. The traditional kayak has a covered deck and one or more cockpits, each seating one paddler.
Can you kayak on Errwood reservoir?
There is a large dinghy park and extensive car parking facilities. No other water sport club has access to the reservoir, other than Peak Paddlers and Errwood Fly Fishing Club, with whom we maintain a close relationship. Swimming and paddling are not permitted for safety reasons.
Do you need permission to canoe on a river?
As long as you hold a licence, you can paddle on any of the 2,200 miles of canals and rivers administered by the Canal & River Trust. An additional licence allows you to paddle on other rivers which are maintained by the Environment Agency, including the non-tidal Thames west of London.