Paddling in Scotland – River Tay, Dundee

Paddling in Dundee, River Tay

Tay Country, Dundee


Explore Dundee from the water perspective. Immerse yourself into the reach history of this area, admire unique wildlife, relax by the seaside, or simply enjoy a slow pace paddle trip. 

Outdoor Explore offers guided trips and paddlesport tuition classes in Dundee, all year round. So if you see yourself going touring kayaking, sea kayaking, or stand up paddle boarding, have  a look what we have to offer.

Launching from Grassy Beach and heading East towards Broughty Ferry Castle, on our short (2.5hrs long) trip, or West, on our longer (5hrs duration) trip, passing next to the famous Discover Point and V&A Museum we will be exploring the waterfront and fascinating history of this amazing city.

Dundee is a great place for kayaking (we offer double and single touring and sea kayaks), and stand up paddle boarding. In the warmer months you will experience amazing wildlife (grey seals and even dolphins visiting this area often). In the colder seasons, Dundee offers superb sunrise and sunset paddle trips.

A perfect start to the day; picture a sunrise kayaking in of Dundee City. After short introduction to your guided, kit and the paddle crafts (double, or single kayaks, or stand up paddle boards), you are starting a slow pace guided trip, exploring the River Tay Estuary. One particular unique element worth mentioning, the sun rising over the edge of horizon, whilst you are on the water! What a serene start to the day, isn’t it? 

Browse what we have on offer, or click ‘Book now’ button below to take you directly to the nearest coming up guided kayak tour in Dundee.

What’s on offer?

Pre-planned trips, private tours, the choice is Yours!



Touring Kayaking

Sea Kayaking

Stand Up Paddleboarding (SUP)


Meet us  at Broughty Ferry Road, by the Grassy Beach, just east of the port and the city quay of Dundee.



Our kayaking and SUP tuition sessions and short guided trips (2.5hrs long) are novice friendly and suitable for anyone age 7+

Our full day trips require some prior kayaking and paddle boarding experience . Suitable for age 12+




Warm clothes, no jeans, suitable for the weather, including shoes you don’t mind to get wet, that’s it. We will have dry bags available so you can carry spare hats, gloves, food, camera, drink and any medications safely with you.

Dundee and Broughty Ferry Kayak Tour

Join us for a 2.5hrs long guided kayaking tour from Dundee (Grassy Beach) exploring the coast to and old fishing village, Broughty Ferry. Gently paddling along the shoreline toward the historic Broughty Ferry Castle, we will enjoy views across the Tay Estuary to Tayport. Sea birds, grey seals, and sometimes even dolphins can be seen here. 

A few facts about this trip
  • Guided tour
  • 2.5hrs long
  • Novice friendly
  • Suitable for participants age 7+
  • Double and single kayaks are available
  • A waterproof jacket, buoyancy aid, and dry bags included
Breakfast Paddle Dundee

Early morning is a great time to take to the water on the magnificent River Tay estuary and see its wildlife and history. Leaving from Grassy Beach just near West Ferry we will travel down to Broughty Ferry Castle whilst enjoying a light breakfast on the water.  An experience not to be missed. 

A few facts about this trip
  • Guided tour
  • 2.5hrs long
  • Novice friendly
  • Suitable for participants age 7+
  • Double and single kayaks are available
  • A waterproof jacket, buoyancy aid, and dry bags included
Dundee Tay Estuary Kayak Tour

Join Outdoor Explore on a small-group kayak tour. This time we are exploring the magnificent River Tay estuary, it’s wildlife and history. Launching from Dundee or Wormit (dependent on tides) we will explore Dundee city waterfront, traverse under the Tay Rail bridge, Wormit and Tayport coasts. 

A few facts about this trip
  • Guided tour
  • 5-6 hrs long
  • Some prior experience necessary
  • Suitable for participants age 14+
  • Double and single kayaks are available
  • A waterproof jacket, buoyancy aid, and dry bags included
Paddling in Dundee with Outdoor Explore

Upgrade your kayaking trip

Book on a longer trip, or arrange a private tour & add a luxury picnic!


The Firth of Tay offers superb places for longer sea kayaking adventures as well. Launching from Wormit or Dundee, we run regular Tay Estuary Kayak Tours. You can check dates and book, by clicking on the button below.

We do specialiase in PRIVATE GUIDED TOURS, half-day or full-day long, and if you wish, we can add a LUXURY PICNIC onboard of our kayaks as well! Yes, take some locally sourced cheese, snacks, treats (even freshly roasted coffee, hot chocolate, or some bubbly!) on the water with you. You can bring your own, or we can arrange it prior to the trip. This will turn your trip to a truly UNFORGETTABLE KAYAKING EXPERIENCE. Click on the button below, to read more about it. 


Available options for a private kayak tour in Dundee with Outdoor Explore are:

  • Dundee & Broughty Ferry – half-day trip
  • Breakfast Paddle Dundee – half-day trip
  • Perth to Dundee – full-day trip
  • Tay Estuary – full-day trip 

To request a private trip, complete the form at this page.

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