Black Isle Sea Kayaking Symposium
Each year Adventures Unlimited Scotland organises the Black Isle Sea Kayak Symposium (known amongst our followers as “BISKS”). This is held in September at Cromarty in the Moray Forth just north of Inverness.
BISKS is a gathering of sea kayakers to learn new techniques, study the latest ideas and equipment and generally have a good time sea kayaking and talking about sea kayaking. The Symposium attracts sea kayakers from all over Scotland and beyond. We also attract some of the top sea kayak coaches to the symposium who lead workshops and pass on their knowledge to the symposium participants on topics such as navigation, rescues and dealing with incidents, advanced kayak techniques such as rolling and surfing, and we also offer “Come and Try it” sessions where you can come along and have a go at kayaking for the first time.
The symposium also makes money, and this is used by Adventures Unlimited Scotland to help fund our activities with disabled and disadvantaged young people.
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; kayakers 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”.
BISKS has a separate website and Facebook page.