Caithness Clubs


Kayaking has been a popular pastime in Caithness for many years. In 1984, the Pentland Canoe Club was formed to serve individuals living around Thurso who were interested in kayaking. The Club was established with the aim to promote and teach kayaking in the West Caithness area mainly around Thurso.
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Pool Sessions (Winter)

Evening Sessions (Summer)

Day Trips (Summer)

Day Trips (Winter)



Contact Names

Scottish Canoe Association

Club Website

The Club is very fortunate in its location, which permits most forms of recreational kayaking to take place. These are:
  • Pool canoeing (during the winter) in Thurso Swimming Pool
  • Sea Touring (during the summer months) around the varied coastlines in Scotland
  • White water kayaking (during the winter) on local rivers
  • Surfing (all year) when the surf is up


The evening session's usually start in late April/early May. These are for everybody. The activities range from improving your own personal skills to small evening trips around Thurso Bay. If the conditions are suitable surfing may also take place.

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These are for any one interested in kayaking. These sessions are ideal for learning the basics and for those wishing to develop their personal skills. The Club normally runs these from October to April as follows:

Due to the limited places for each session we advise you to book. All you need to bring is yourself, towel and swimming trunks or costume.

The Club normally runs these from October to April. 

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During the summer there will be a series of Sunday events. These are usually sea trips around the coasts of Caithness and Sutherland. The trips give you an excellent opportunity to explore the coastline with its hidden beaches, deserted islands, and caves. The wildlife is also exiting: whales; porpoises; seals; and maybe even sharks.

Typical trips include
  • exploring the East Coast between Lybster and Helmsdale
  • visits to the islands in the Kyle of Tongue
  • trips through the Pentland Firth


During the winter the Club Activities are centred on the rivers. However as with every other kayaking activity the trips are dictated by the weather - there must be sufficient rain. Anyone wishing to experience the rapids of the local rivers should have normally completed a season in the pool, and attended the summer evening sessions.

The trips tend to concentrate on the Rivers:

  • Thurso

  • Helmsdale

  • Brora

  • Carron

  • Findhorn.


Caithness has some of the best surfing breaks in the World - need we say more. World Kayak Surf Championships have been hosted in Caithness in 1991and 1997.

Surfing activities taken place all year round. All we need is the surf! When the surf is good on a Sunday or a Wednesday evening you may find yourself being introduced to this thrilling branch of the sport.

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Youth Membership: open to individuals in full time education (includes university students) and those whom are unemployed. Evidence may be asked for from those over 18 years of age.

Associate membership: available to those who are 12 & 13 years old to permit them to come to Swimming Pool Sessions only.

Family Membership: to one or more individuals from the same family.

Adult Member: open to those individuals over 18 years old



The Scottish Canoe Association (SCA) is the governing body of the Sport in Scotland. The SCA represents the interest of kayaking, At all levels. The Club is affiliated to the SCA. 

If you would like to find out more about the SCA visit their website at