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Most colourful kayaking in Scotland can be done in the autumn...

Paddling season is not over yet. Autumn will provide us with some unique experiences in upcoming weeks, so get yourself ready for the next epic adventure.

Many paddlers who enjoy touring kayaking and canoeing often, probably is starting to put their kit away for another summer holidays. Less day light, cooler air, school holidays are over...all this gets in the way of planning another trip ahead. But it's worth trying. You will be rewarded with epic colours of the autumn, still very active wildlife and you will have less people in the country side, so even more space just for you...

For quite some time, over 7 years now, I am taking a short or long holiday in October, to go paddling in Scotland. Last year was focused on sea kayaking, East Coast - caven and cliffs of Stonehaven and Inverbervie. Kayaking near Dundee, Broughty Ferry and Fife area. Finally last few days more sea kayaking in Oban region (West Coast).

It's not only sea kayaking time, best pictures I ever taken are actually from exploring Scottish Highlands Lochs. As the weather can be cooler, choose some of the smaller, more sheltered lochs. Consider visiting Clunie Loch near Dunkeld and Blairgowrie or Loch Faskally and Loch Tummel by Pitlochry. If you are looking for a really secluded space, take a slightly longer drive to Loch Rannoch.

Surprisingly last 7 years I have even managed an overnight expedition with no or very little frost, so it's still possible to extend your season for a while...

Of course, not everybody likes cold, wind, water as much as I do. How about considering to borrow different types of crafts you would use normally?

I mean, get something shaped to be slightly more stable, less likely to make you swim. Wrap up extra layer or two (legs and top) and a good windproof jacket with a buff or scarf and hoodie?

Keep hats and gloves handy and don't forget to take jelly babies and coffee along!

Toward the end of the month we will have nightfall even sooner. What you are going to do then? I already started to take people out for night kayaking! This will keep me happy through the winter as well...

Picture the scene; windless, dark night, start are out, you can hear sounds on different birds active nearby, moon is reaching the sky giving it a lovely reflection against the water, and there is you, in the middle of it all, floating away...

Keep exploring, it's only autumn, the most colourful month to go kayaking in Scotland...

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