Great Glen Sea Kayak Adventure (4 days)


Join Donald on this four-day coast to coast canoeing adventure, Scotland's most popular Canoe Trail. Donald was not only the Project Officer that set up the trail, author of the guidebook, but has regularly taken groups across the trail safely over the last ten years plus.

Day 1:

Meeting in Inverness, the group informally meet and ensure everyone has all the kit listed required. Once the minibus is loaded with all personal drybags, our shuttle driver helps transports the group and kit across to the Canoe Trail starting at the top of Neptunes Staircase by Banavie, Fort William.

Lots of learning happens for paddlers on the first day including working as a slick team to move all kayaks, how to pack your kit, and effective launching & paddling. Coaching top tips and handy hints are given along the Caledonian Canal to ensure the distance required is covered in the remaining days. Setting up our wild camping site on the North side of Loch Lochy, you'll learn all about your tents, cooking kit, with plenty time to put your feet up and enjoy the stunning views all around. Most important, start the camp banter!

Day 2:

Starting on Loch Lochy after de camping you are introduced to loch kayaking as Loch Lochy opens up to a vast body of water over 10 miles long, classed as open water. Portaging onto Laggan Avenue, we continue paddling for a further half hour before taking a well-deserved stop off at Loch Oich Food Co. for some home baking and hot drinks. Wild campsite for the evening is only a few miles down the loch.

Day 3:

The fun and learning continue after a short paddle across the last few miles of Loch Oich before its back on the Caledonian Canal for a seven-mile stretch and three portages. After a well deserved time out visiting Fort Augustus for souvenirs and extra supplies, we continue down Loch Ness for your third and last night wild camping.

Day 4:

The last day everyone operates like a Swiss watch, everyone knows their job and the group easily launch onto Loch Ness. Lunch stop set as Lochend, with only the seven miles of the Inverness section of the Caledonian Canal finishing off at the top of Muirtown Lock Flight in the Highland Capital.

We load up all the kit back into the minibus and trailer and return to the meeting point/office only 800 metres away where everything started only three days earlier.


EH supplies: 

  • tea/coffee at meeting and return to office
  • transport shuttle from Inverness to Banavie, Fort William
  • suitable canoes, paddles & buoyancy aids
  • canoe sailing equipment
  • large dry bags & canoe barrel
  • tent, roll mat, torch, cooking equipment & toilet bag (if required)
  • four days of canoe guiding/coaching
  • Great Glen Canoe Trail, Caledonian Canal, and local history
  • copies of photos taken by your guide during the adventure

What you need to bring:

We recommend bring along;

  • your own warm paddling clothing
  • waterproof trousers & jacket
  • suitable footwear for paddling and camp
  • hat, cap & gloves
  • spare clothing & sleeping bag
  • personal toiletries, midgy spray & suntan lotion
  • food (extras can be bought in Fort Augustus - day 3)

Group Size: Min 4/Max 8

Age: Suitable for adults or accompanied children(14-17 years old)

Duration: four days paddling/ three nights wild camping by lochside

Experience:  Very little canoeing paddling experience is required for this adventure. Starting on the Caledonian Canal on day 1, there is time to teach the basic forward paddling and steering skills. Each day your skills will improve with the different paddling environments this coast to coast adventure brings.

Payment: Booking online requires full payment at time of purchase. If you wish to spread your payments, you can email to be invoiced. Invoice ask for 25% deposit, with the outstanding balance paid 28 days in advance of booking date. BACS payment is free of charge.

Tandem Special Offer: When booking two adult places, a tandem discount price of £720 for two paddlers is available by selecting "1x Tandem Paddler" price per attendee. Alternatively, email to be invoiced.

U18 & Accompanied Adult: When booking a U18 place, please book and pay for separately online to be able to gain the U18 discounted price.  Alternatively, email to book your places and be invoiced.

Meeting Time: 9.00am - 16/04/19

Meet Location: Explore Highland Office, Clachnaharry Works Lock, Inverness, IV3 8RA. Free parking and toilet available onsite

Finish Time: Approx. 5.00 pm - 19/04/19

Distance: approx. 15 miles per day. Slightly more on day 2 & day 3

Craft: Open Canoes

Personal Belongings: Camera's, phones, car keys and other personal belongings are taken out on the Canoe Trail at your own risk.

Terms & Conditions: Terms and conditions can be found online -

Start Time: 9:00 am
End Time: 5:00 pm

Start Date: 23/07/2019
End Date: 26/07/2019


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