With its miles of rivers, estuaries and lochs, both sea and inland, there is plenty of space to enjoy some time messing about on the water. Using kayaks or open canoes you can take your time to enjoy the stunning scenery, peace and quiet and the abundance of birds and wildlife on the water and banks. Stop off on a small island for a picnic or maybe go exploring some of the small creeks and inlets along the way. Be aware though, that some of the rivers fed from estuaries can have strong tidal currents and always make sure you are wearing correct buoyancy aids and equipment.
Coastal areas offer great adventures on sea kayaking trips, where you can find deserted beaches with aqua marine water and white sand, explore caves and cliff faces whilst taking in the sea air. Scotland even has its own sea kayaking trail a 500 mile route from the Isle of Gigha ( off Kintyre peninsula) to the Summer Isles near Ullapool. Not for the faint hearted.
For the less experienced or nervous about setting off on their own there are many companies in the Highlands offering tuition and guided trips.
There is a jetty in Lairg for boats and canoes to access Loch Shin and Lairg Angling Club (www.lairg-angling-club.co.uk) offer boats for hire. On the Kyle of Sutherland you can tie up on the bank opposite Carbisdale Castle and stop off for a drink at the Invershin Hotel. For the less sporty, why not stop off at The Pier in Lairg and hire their pedalo for an hour and then stop off for a welcome tea and cake!
Go Wild Highlands, in Lairg offer canoe trips, both half and whole day, on Loch Shin and the Kyle of Sutherland. In addition they can provide evening wildlife paddles and special Swallow and Amazon trips for children and families including basic bushcrafts tips.