Welcome to the Black Isle Sea Kayak Symposium website.

Following the extremely successful Black Isle Sea Kayaking Symposia in 2015 and 2016, we are planning the third Black Isle Sea Kayaking Symposium in September 2017. We’re very much looking forward to seeing you there – hello again to anyone who has been with us before and a very warm welcome to anyone who is joining us for the first time.

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We are a small Symposium, catering for around 60 sea kayakers and one of our main aims is to raise money for Adventures Unlimited Scotland, who provide specialist, quality outdoor activities in the Highlands of Scotland. Adventures Unlimited Scotland works with a wide range of clients, both able bodied and those with disabilities. To find out more about Adventures Unlimited Scotland, read more here.

Our other main aim is to provide a high quality coaching  and a great experience in a friendly symposium. Where possible, the programme tries to take account of what you ask us to provide when you book.

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In 2016 we were fortunate to have the attendance of the Coast Guard Helicopter from Dalcross, just outside Inverness, on Saturday, whilst on the Sunday, the inshore lifeboat from the North Kessock RNLI lifeboat station joined us for a rescue scenario.

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For 2017, we are working on an exciting programme for the weekend and we also have a number of changes in the lineup of coaches and the calibre of our coaches is very definitely high!!

So do come and join us at Cromarty, on the Black Isle, just north of Inverness, meeting up on the evening of Friday 1st September and with a full programme of events and coaching sessions on Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd September.

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Bookings are now open for the 2017 Symposium and we are be offering “Early Bird” discounts on bookings for all Bookings received by the 31st May 2017. We are providing the discount to encourage early bookings and to offer participants the same rate as in previous years.

For full details, please visit our Bookings page.

In the meantime, if you would like to register your interest in the Symposium and make sure that we provide you with a reminder of this great weekend, please email info@bisks.co.uk and we will send you full details as soon as they are available.

Cromarty is a great base from which to paddle the Moray Firth and to explore the coastline. The area offers a wealth of contrast between industrial activities; you can paddle around North Sea oil rigs dodging the support vessels whilst enjoying the natural environment of the North Sea. Cromarty is famous for dolphin watching and a host of sea birds can be viewed on the cliffs of the North and South Sutors. There is great historical interest in the Cromarty Firth too, with gun emplacements on the cliffs from the First and Second World Wars, and the wreck of the warship “Natal”.

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Simon Sims, the organiser of the Symposium says:

“This was a great event last year with over 50 people attending. We are hoping to make this an even better event this year and hope to attract as many to the event.  As well as a great weekend the profit from this event goes to Adventures Unlimited Scotland, who provide canoeing and kayaking activities to local young people with disability and disadvantage, so it is a good cause to support”.