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Canoe across Scotland (5-day Expedition)

Canoe across Scotland (5-day Expedition)

A wonderful 5-day expedition by canoe starting in Fort William on the West Coast of Scotland and finishing in the Highland capital of Inverness on the East Coast.

A wonderful expedition by canoe from Fort William in the West to Inverness in the East.

Please note that we can run these trips on request for a minimum of 4 people (subject to availability).  We may also have available places on scheduled expeditions run for partner companies.  Please get in touch for information about other dates.

As a local company, the Great Glen is right on our doorstep, so we know it like the back of our hands!  You'll travel under the watchful eye of a local guide and will camp along the way.  You'll get the opportunity to learn new canoe skills or consolidate what you already know. With stunning scenery, myths and legends and lots of fresh Highland air, this is an expedition not to be missed.

We start and finish the holiday from Inverness city centre, making it easy for you to travel to the area by public transport and to choose from a wide range of easily accessible accommodation options the night before we depart. For visitors travelling to the area by car we recommend meeting you at the car park for the Great Glen Canoe Trail (at the foot of Muirtown Locks), where you can leave your car for the duration and it is conveniently parked at our finish point.


Please phone us on +44 (0)333 600 6008 for advice on the easiest way to reach Inverness from where you live, or visit the 'getting here' section of our web site.

Minimum age 13. Minimum number of people required for this trip to run is 4.  It is often possible for individual paddlers to travel by kayak rather than canoe if they prefer - please contact us to confirm if this is an option for the departure date you are interested in),

Day 1 - Fort William to Gairlochy (10km)

We will meet in car park of the Tesco Metro on Tomnahurich Street, Inverness at 9.00am, before transferring by minibus across the country to Banavie, near Fort William (2 hours).  With help from your guide, we’ll carefully pack the canoes and have a practice paddle in the canal basin. Once everyone is happy with steering a fully laden canoe we will paddle around 11km to Gairlochy and the start of Loch Lochy to find a remote campsite to enjoy our first night well away from the bustle of Fort William.

Day 2 - Gairlochy to Loch Oich (25km)
Much of the day is spent paddling the length of Loch Lochy (who came up with that name!). Hopefully the prevailing south-westerly wind is blowing and we can rig an improvised sail to speed us along. At the head of the loch we pass through Laggan Locks then paddle a two mile section of canal which takes us into the magical Loch Oich. Here we will change down a gear towards the end of the day and take our time exploring the lovely wooded bays of the loch while we look for a secluded wild camping spot.

Day 3 - Loch Oich to Alltsigh (24km)
This is the day that we perfect our 'portaging' skills! After leaving Loch Oich we carry our boats and kit around the small lock gates at Cullochy and Kytra and then briefly touch base with civilisation again as we reach the lovely little tourist-friendly village of Fort Augustus. Here we stop for a couple of hours while your guide re-stocks the food supplies and everyone gets a chance to portage their canoe down a huge set of lock gates, grab a shower and visit a café/pub. On leaving the village we face the daunting prospect of tackling the 36km of Loch Ness. A monster loch in more ways than one.  Part way up Loch Ness we will look for somewhere to camp for the night on the quiet Southern shore and maybe cook our dinner on the beach while Nessie spotting.

Day 4 - Alltsigh to Dores (22km)
A full day on Loch Ness today. It can get pretty tough going if there is a strong wind blowing – due to the sheer size of the loch it is possible (though rare) to get up to 2metre waves forming. Good job you are in expert hands then! In normal conditions this is a lovely leisurely paddle and we may well have time to land at the dramatic Urqhuart Castle for photo opportunities, and a nosey round the excellent Historic Scotland visitor centre. In the evening we finally reach the head of the loch and find a campsite nearby. Looking back down the full length of Loch Ness, stunning sunsets are common, as are late nights in the Dores Inn to celebrate our last night together and the friendships made.

Day 5 - Dores to Inverness (10km)
The hustle and bustle of the city looms ever closer this morning as we leave Loch Ness behind, travel through the  picturesque little Loch Dochfour, negotiate the last canal lock of the journey at Dochgarroch (lots of “ochs” in this part of the world), then paddle through rolling farmland and into Inverness, Capital of the Highlands. Our finishing point is at
Muirtown Locks sometime early afternoon.  It usually takes a wee while to unpack the canoes and to sort out the kit. Once this is done, we will transport you in to the town centre train station where we will leave you with a big bag of smoky, sweaty clothes and an even bigger bag of awesome memories.

We have been asked what makes this trip special. Well, there are lots of things, but here are just a few:

  • Awesome Highland scenery as we journey along a major geological fault line.
  • The sense of achievement in crossing Scotland from coast to coast under your own steam.
  • Experience up close the engineering marvel of Thomas Telford’s Caledonian Canal.
  • The fantastic local knowledge of your guide.
  • Paddle the length of Loch Ness and find out the truth about the monster!
Please note: if the scheduled dates don't suit your plans please get in touch with your preferred dates and we will be happy to accommodate this whenever possible. Minimum of 4 people.

  • Duration : 5 Days (approx.)
From GBP £560.00

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Canoeing - Explore Loch Ness (2.5hrs)

Canoeing - Explore Loch Ness (2.5hrs)

Take a wonderful trip by Canoe on the most iconic of Scotland's great Lochs.....Loch Ness. One of the deepest & most mysterious of Lochs with some awe-inspiring scenery. Minimum age 7.

Minimum age is 7

Starting from picturesque Fort Augustus, you will get the chance to explore the southern end of Loch Ness in very  stable open (Canadian-style) canoes. Enjoy stunning views and experience the likes of Inchnacardoch Bay, Cherry Island (the site of an ancient ‘crannog’ - house on stilts), Fort Augustus Abbey and the mouths of the Rivers Tarf and Oich from the unique perspective of a small boat on the big loch. If the weather is calm we will also head out into the middle of the loch to look for Nessie…. History buffs can discover how Fort Augustus got its name and learn about the engineering marvel that is the Caledonian Canal.

Suitable for adults and children aged 7+. Young children will sit on an extra third seat in the canoe, so there are still two people to paddle and control the canoe.


Getting to Fort Augustus:

There are buses available from Inverness and Fort William or you can drive there too along the A82 road.  It's a lovely little town and really worth a visit in its own right. Fort Augustus provides an awesome view up Loch Ness from its position at the southern end of this most iconic of Scottish lochs.

  • Duration : 150 Minutes (approx.)
From GBP £30.00

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Canoeing - Loch Ness Taster (1 hr)

Canoeing - Loch Ness Taster (1 hr)

Take a wonderful short trip by Canoe on the most iconic of Scotland's great Lochs.....Loch Ness. One of the deepest & most mysterious of Lochs with some awe-inspiring scenery. Minimum age 5 yo.

An ideal canoe trip for those that are short of time, or
perhaps have younger children that you don't think could sit still for a
whole or half day!  Suitable for adults and children aged 5+. Young children (5 to 9 yo.) will sit on an extra third seat in the canoe, so there are still two people to paddle and control the canoe.

Starting from picturesque Fort Augustus, you
will get the chance to experience a short paddling tour along the
southern shore of Loch Ness in very stable open (Canadian-style) canoes.
Enjoy stunning views right up the loch, explore the mouth of the River
Oich and paddle past the Old Pier where steam trains used to unload
their passengers onto a paddle steamer for the journey up Loch Ness to
Inverness in the days before a road was carved out of the imposing north
shore. No previous experience required, non-swimmers welcome. A great
way to experience Loch Ness up close.

Getting to Fort Augustus:

There
are buses available from Inverness and Fort William or you can drive
there along the A82 road.  It's a lovely little town and really worth a
visit in its own right. Fort Augustus provides an awesome view up Loch
Ness from its position at the southern end of this most iconic of
Scottish lochs.

  • Duration : 1 Hours (approx.)
From GBP £15.00

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Sunrise Canoe Safari Inverness (3 hrs)

Sunrise Canoe Safari Inverness (3 hrs)

Early morning journey by Canadian Canoe on the River Beauly. A gentle flat water paddle through the awesome Aigas Gorge to look for otters and feeding osprey as the sun rises... a truly memorable experience.

Early morning journey by Canadian Canoe. A gentle flat water paddle
through the impressive Aigas Gorge to look for otters and feeding osprey
as the sun rises... a truly memorable experience.

Minimum age 12. Minimum of 4 people required for this trip to run - should we fail to confirm this number of bookings we reserve the right to cancel the session and offer money back or alternative date.

After a basic
introduction to steering the canoes we will proceed in silence down the
River Beauly on a short but stunning journey to experience river life at
sunrise.

On our previous trips we have been lucky enough to see
families of Roe Deer drinking at the edge of the river, watched
Peregrine Falcon fledglings stumble along a rock ledge, watched otters
playing in the gorge, badgers foraging and ospreys catching fish and
taking them back to their riverside nest to feed their young.

Obviously
no sightings can ever be guaranteed, but even without the wildlife this
is one of the very best short canoe journeys in the country.

Meeting Point:
at the car park for the Aigas Fish Ladder on the A831 Beauly to Cannich
road (3 miles west of the junction with the A862, 500m beyond the
signed entrance to Aigas Dam when driving towards Cannich). We will
leave one or two cars here and proceed up the glen to the start point.
(We'll also send a map for additional information and contact details
for your guide on the day once booked).

Times: Meeting time depends on time of sunrise.

A light breakfast is included.

Please note that you have to be prepared to get up very early in the morning in order to be on the water prior to sunrise (that's all part of the fun though!) 

  • Duration : 3 Hours (approx.)
From GBP £60.00

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Gorge Walking at Culloden

Gorge Walking at Culloden

Gorge Walking is an exciting activity for those with a sense of adventure. You will be kitted out in wetsuit, helmet and buoyancy aid, then go exploring a hidden river gorge, scrambling, jumping & sliding. Minimum age 7 yo with family.

Gorge Walking is an exciting activity for those with a sense of adventure.  You will be kitted out in wetsuit, helmet and buoyancy aid, then go exploring a hidden river gorge, scrambling, jumping & sliding.

Culloden Gorge is close to Inverness, but you would never know it is there.  This gorge offers a great introduction to the exciting sport of gorge walking, with lots of pools to jump into, waterfalls to slide down and white water to scramble through.  You can even hide behind a waterfall!

You will be kitted out in a cosy wetsuit, hemet and buoyancy aid, then guided by one of our experienced staff on this mini-adventure.

Minimum age, 7 years old when with family.


  • Duration : 2 Hours (approx.)
From GBP £40.00

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Intro to Canyoning at Culloden

Intro to Canyoning at Culloden

Explore an amazing hidden gorge starting with an airy 20 metre abseil. Must have a head for heights for this activity and be a confident swimmer. Awesome fun!! Minimum age is 12 years old.

Explore a hidden river gorge near to Inverness.  Our introductory-level canyoning experience takes gorge walking to the next level, using ropes to abseil some of the amazing features you will see.


Explore this wonderful hidden gorge to explore deep pools, waterfalls, bum-slides and jumps.  You'll also get the opportunity to abseil down a wonderful waterfall as you make your way down river.  Really great fun!


Sessions last around 2.5hrs from the meeting time and are based near the Culloden Viaduct, just east of Inverness.

Participants must be 12 years old or above and be confident swimmers.  Although abseiling experience is not necessary, you will need to have a head for heights for the abseils.

Scheduled sessions are available during the summer months and private group bookings are also available on request at other times (subject to a minimum booking fee of £290).  Contact 0333 600 6008 for more information.

  • Duration : 150 Minutes (approx.)
From GBP £50.00

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