North Wales kayaking expert tips To help you find your perfect adventure afloat, we asked Loel Collins one of Britain’s leading kayakers to nominate his favourite Welsh paddles in North Wales. Llanddwyn Island Angelsey “North Wales has some of the best sea kayaking in the world and Llanddwyn Island on the south end of the Menai Straits is a lovely trip. The lava geology is really interesting, there are bays to get into, seals come to your boat and the bird-life is magic. A real naturey trip. Rhoscolyn Head nearby is also magic with a guide.” Search for canoe and kayak activity providers on Anglesey Mawddach Estuary, Snowdonia Mawddach Estuary, Snowdonia Given any excuse I’ll come here on an ebbing tide. It’s so beautiful: Cader Idris to the left, often with snow on top, the south end of the Rhinogs on the right and fabulous views when the estuary opens. Beneath a big blue sky on a still day it’s fantastic. Search for canoeing and kayaking operators in Snowdonia, Mountains and Coast Conwy Estuary, North Wales Conwy Estuary, North Wales I’m going to be cheeky and include the tidal side of this river paddle. You put in at the old dock at Trefriw and there’s a lovely meandering river section. Then you go over a very simple weir into the estuary to Conwy. There’s an RSPB reserve and fabulous lunch spots. Give it a whole day. Search for canoeing and kayaking operators in Llandudno and Conwy Llynnau Mymbyr Capel Curig Llynnau Mymbyr, Capel Curig, Snowdonia You paddle right among the mountains here. Groups often use the first lake but if you paddle through the isthmus into a smaller interconnected lake you’ll often be alone between Moel Siabod and Tryfan mountains with the Snowdon horseshoe in the background. I probably shouldn’t give away my secrets! Search for canoeing and kayaking operators in Snowdonia, Mountains and Coast The Stacks, Holy Island, Anglesey Holy Island, Anglesey For experienced kayakers or groups only – it’s very committed and there are overfalls. But I’ve guided novices here after a week and each time there’s silence when we come around the corner to see 500ft cliffs and sea-stacks and the penny drops that the only way to be here is by kayak. Search for canoeing and kayaking operators in Anglesey Enjoy this? Share it with friends Related items Wild winter in the north Ravens, choughs, baby seals – and hundreds of thousands of wintering birds. North Wales attractions Where to go and what to see during your adventure across the lands and seas of North Wales. Walks in North Wales Explore the soaring mountains and refreshing coastal walks of North Wales. North Wales' holy places Your guide to discovering some of the special and sacred places across North Wales. Top Welsh writers Discover twelve Welsh writers who have been inspired by Wales’ language and landscapes. West Wales kayaking Discover World Champion Sea Kayaker Nigel Robinson’s favourite Welsh kayaking paddles.