Welcome to Explore Highland

Explore Highland offer’s bespoke canoeing, kayaking and stand up paddle boarding experiences in the Scottish Highlands.

Based on the Caledonian Canal in Inverness, Explore Highland run by Donald Macpherson offers a wide range of paddle sport activities for all ages, fitness levels and abilities. Paddling throughout the year Explore Highland services include boat & equipment hire, guided half, day and multi-day trips, plus able to deliver national governing body qualifications and skills courses.

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Always aiming to offer a personal paddling experience, Donald is known as the local paddling expert and ambassador of the sport. Offering his professional services, ensuring you get the most out of your paddling adventure. The Highlands are renowned for its stunning landscape, scenery & wildlife which is just waiting for you to explore with our great kit.

Come paddle with Explore Highland and see how beautiful the Scottish Highlands are first hand!

PLEASE NOTE: All hire, shuttle & guided services require minimum of seven days advanced booking. Planned holidays and trips can be booked/paid online!

Explore Highland Services:

Donald can offer a wide range of paddlesport services within the Scottish Highlands, and regularly venture further afield;

  • Open canoeing,  sea kayaking and stand up paddling adventure holidays
  • Family friendly four hour Paddle Loch Ness trips using tandem sit on top kayaks
  • Stunning four hour Paddle Aigas Gorge adventure using tandem open canoes
  • Hire and shuttle services for the Great Glen Canoe Trail, River Spey and Glen Affric
  • Half day, full day & multi day bespoke guided paddling trips for small & large groups
  • Two hour Canal Splash sessions on the Caledonian Canal, Inverness

New for 2018

  • Stand up paddle adventure exploring the Scottish West Coast
  • Evening stand up paddling adventures
  • Explore Uist on this stunning five day sea kayaking adventure

Specialist Open Canoe & Sea Kayak Trip & Expedition Provider:


Explore Highland offers various adventure holidays throughout Summer across the Highlands & Islands.

Scottish Canoe Trips & Expeditions 2018

Scottish Sea Kayak Trips & Expeditions 2018

These adventures are lead by Donald Macpherson who is a full time multi-discipline paddlesports coach, guide and author. Bespoke holiday dates also available for group bookings. As a local ambassador for the sport, his knowledge is invaluable in making your Scottish paddling adventure safe, fun and very memorable.

Email Donald today to find out how he can help you explore the Highlands!