• Sea kayaking around oldany Island, Sutherland coast
  • Sea kayaking around oldany Island, Sutherland coast
  • Sea kayaking around oldany Island, Sutherland coast
  • Sea kayaking around oldany Island, Sutherland coast
  • Sea kayaking around oldany Island, Sutherland coast
  • Sea kayaking around oldany Island, Sutherland coast
  • Sea kayaking around oldany Island, Sutherland coast
  • Sea kayaking around oldany Island, Sutherland coast
  • Sea kayaking around oldany Island, Sutherland coast
  • Sea kayaking around oldany Island, Sutherland coast
  • Sea kayaking around oldany Island, Sutherland coast
  • Sea kayaking around oldany Island, Sutherland coast
  • Sea kayaking around oldany Island, Sutherland coast
  • Sea kayaking around oldany Island, Sutherland coast
  • Sea kayaking around oldany Island, Sutherland coast
  • Sea kayaking around oldany Island, Sutherland coast

Scotland360° Blog Post - A sea kayaking exploration of the Sutherland coastline

Island hopping, craggy coastline and white sandy beaches

A week away at Easter time, staying at Clachtoll campsite provided a couple of opportunities for sea kayaking journeys along the Sutherland coastline.

Sutherland is one of my favourite sea kayaking areas and Clachtoll campsite makes for a great base for a number of paddles.

The early part of the week had been stiff easterly winds which most definitely do not allow for kayaking in this part of the world. However, the forecast was for the wind to die down and by Wednesday we were looking at getting onto the water.

Launching from Clachnessie beach, the idea was to paddle across to Eilean Chrona and from there, tuck round the north side of Oldany Island and then to Culkein Drumbeg. From there, the possibilities were to carry on for a while or to return through the channel on the south side of Oldany Island and back to Clashnessie beach.

Sea kayaking into Mol Beach, Oldany Island, Sutherland


The photograph above shows the fabulous beach at Mol Ban, our lunch stop for the day. The Sutherland coastline doesn’t allow for many places to land but Mol Ban far exceeded our expectations as it’s just such a beautiful spot.

Enjoy the photographs below and if you would like to see the views in context, the interactive Google map will allow you to follow the journey and to view the photographs from each of the points.



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The interactive Google map below traces the route of the journey. Click on the markers to see the individual photographs.


Leaving Clashnessie Bay and the views back into a stunning location.

Having paddled along the rugged Sutherland coast for a while, soon it was time to head northwards and the short 2km paddle out to Eilean Chrona.

Quinag, one of the iconic Sutherland hills dominated our view for most of the day. With multi tops to the hill, there are great viewpoints from each of the tops over the west coast.

There were also plans to paddle around the Point of Stoer and past the Old Man of Stoer, but that was for the following day…!! The Point of Stoer needs calm weather to kayak around it, but conditions were shaping up well.

Looking out into Edrachilles Bay and towards Quinag.

Finding our way into the lunch stop required skirting a number of skerries but the beach is definitely worth it as a landing. Beautiful white sands and clear water into the sandy bay below.

There are superb views both looking into the beach and looking outwards towards Drumbeg and Quinag.

A beach panorama with the bothy at Mol Ban and the views towards Quinag.

I’m not sure of the history of this picturesque bothy but it’s in good condition and, as you can see, has stunning views.

Mol Ban panorama

Mol Ban panorama

Kayaks on the beach at Mol Ban and soon it was time to leave and head towards Drumbeg, before turning back towards Clachnessie.

A panoramic photograph of the western end of Oldany Island with Eilean Chrona in the distance.

The natural rock arch north of Clachnessie in contrast to the man made support to the B969, just past Clashnessie.



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Posted by Angus Mackie

Angus Mackie

I’m Angus Mackie, a professional photographer based just north of Inverness on the beautiful Black Isle.  I'm on the North Coast 500 and am well placed to discover most of the Highlands.  The iconic scenery of Glen Affric and the Cairngorms are close by whilst many of the wild and dramatic locations on the west coast are within easy reach.

Mountains, landscapes, coastlines....  As a landscape and panoramic photographer, I enjoy exploring Scotland and its wild and remote places and have discovered some of the best photography locations in the Highlands over the last 35 years of living up here.  With a broad and wide ranging knowledge of the Highlands, I still enjoy finding new locations and fresh perspectives for my photography.  The use of natural light to capture stunning scenery at spectacular locations is very much a key factor for my photography.

I’m a qualified Summer Mountain Leader, a Sea Kayak Leader and a UKCC Level 2 Sea Kayaking coach, with many years experience of leading and guiding.

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