Welcome to Explore Highland

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

Based on the Caledonian Canal in Inverness, and run by Donald Macpherson, Explore Highland offers a wide range of paddlesports activities for all ages, fitness levels and abilities. Operating throughout the year, offering equipment hire, guided day and multi-day paddling adventures plus national governing body qualifications and  skills courses. These services require prebooking.

Explore Highland always aims to offer a personal paddling experience. Known as the local paddling experts, our professional service will ensure you get the most out of your paddling experience. We may be bias, but we do have some stunning paddling locations on our doorstep just waiting for you to explore.

Come join us on the water and see how beautiful the Scottish Highlands are first hand!

Easter – Autumn 2016

From Saturday 26th March to Sunday 28th August 2016 our office will be staffed every weekend for retail sales and hire services.

Opening hours are 9.00am-5.00pm Saturday and Sunday.

Explore Highland Services:

Explore Highland offer a range of paddlesport services mainly within the Scottish Highlands but regularly we venture further afield too;

New for 2016

Specialist Open Canoe & Sea Kayak Expedition Provider:


We offer regular planned and bespoke canoeing and kayaking adventure holidays throughout Scotland including the Great Glen Canoe Trail. These guided adventures are guided by top professional coach and author Donald Macpherson.

Explore Highland also specialise in supporting bespoke paddling adventures and expeditions for groups wishing to self-guide. Our local knowledge is second to none and can be invaluable in making your Scottish adventure a safe and memorable experience.

We specialise in offering support to;

  • Great Glen Canoe Trail adventures by canoe, by kayak and by stand up paddle board
  • River Spey, River Tay, River Dee and River Don expeditions by open canoe & touring kayak
  • East & West coast, Inner Hebrides and Outer Hebrides sea kayking expeditions
  • Coaching & guiding services on Highland rivers for both white water canoeists and kayakers

Contact us today to find out how we can help get you out on the water!