Welcome to the 2018 Black Isle Sea Kayak Symposium website.

Now in our fourth year, we are very much looking forward to seeing you at the 2018 Black Isle Sea Kayaking Symposium. If you have attended any of the previous years, we’re delighted to see you back and a very warm welcome to anyone who is joining us for the first time.



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.



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. This year we are planning two days of Rescue and Incident Management. Look out for further details being published.



For 2018, we are working on an exciting programme for the weekend and are starting to confirm coaches for the weekend.

So do come and join us at Cromarty, on the Black Isle, just north of Inverness, meeting up on the evening of Friday 31st August and with a full programme of events and coaching sessions on Saturday 1st and Sunday 2nd September.


Bookings are now open for the 2018 Symposium and we are once again offering “Early Bird” discounts on bookings for all Bookings received by the 31st May 2018. 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”.


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”.