Kayak hire on beautiful Loch Lomond
Getting out on the water for a paddle on a summer’s day can be one of the best ways to relax, unwind and disconnect from the stress of daily life. Explore the loch’s shoreline and its hidden bays from our family farm. Take a picnic to an island and lie on a sandy beach. Explore the islands, learn about their history and spot the deer that inhabit them. Work up an appetite and stop off for lunch at the pub on Inchmurrin Island. Enjoy time with the family. Splash about with friends. Reconnect with nature.
Kayak Hire Prices 2023
Our sit on top kayaks are perfect for beginners or the more experienced. Having an open deck means they are very safe with no danger of getting stuck in them if you manage to capsize. The kayaks have drain holes in the bottom to allow any splashes to drain out but this does mean you are likely to get wet! We have both single and double kayaks available to hire.
Safety On The Water
Your safety is our top priority. All participants will be given a shore based safety briefing before being allowed to take the kayaks out on the loch. You will also be provided with a buoyancy aid which must be worn at all times whilst on the water. At least one member of the group must carry a mobile phone with them, we have a selection of dry bags if required but we recommend bringing your own if you have one. If you are new to kayaking we suggest sticking close to the shore; the bay in front of the farm provides a safe area to practice in. The kayaks will only be hired out if the weather conditions permit. Please note that there is a weight limit of 110kgs for single and 220kgs for doubles kayaks.
Where To Go
Loch Lomond is 23 miles long and contains over 30 islands giving you endless opportunities to explore but the following are some popular options.
If you are a beginner an hour or possibly 2 will probably be enough and we would suggest sticking to the shore line which along the southern edge of the loch is fairly wild and sparsely populated. Heading east you will pass the historic building of Ross Priory whilst heading west will take you past untamed woodland in which you will often spot deer and other wildlife.
If you have been kayaking before you might want to go a little further afield and explore some of the islands. Inchmurrin is about a 30 minute paddle from Portnellan and the beach on the eastern end is the ideal spot for a picnic and a short walk up the hill will be rewarded with amazing views. If it’s a pub lunch you’re after the island has its own restaurant at the western end, depending on weather conditions a little over an hours paddling will get you there.
Half day or Full Day island hopping adventures are also a popular option for those with a bit more experience (and fitness!). The islands of Inchmurrin, Creinch, Torrinch and Inchcailloch lie on the highland boundary fault line, all with in striking distance of Portnellan.
What To Bring
You will almost certainly get wet whilst kayaking so best to wear old clothes. Shorts, leggings or swimwear are ideal and a warm and water proof jacket is a good idea even if you don’t use it. If you have water shoes bring them along however an old pair of trainers will do just as well. A towel and change of clothes for afterwards is essential as there’s nothing worse than getting into the car and driving home in soggy trousers. We have basic changing facilities down on the beach you can use to change if necessary. Remember a mobile phone is essential should you need to get in touch if you have a problem.