Great Glen Canoe Trail (5 days)


Join this five-day coast to coast paddling adventure, Scotland's most popular canoe trail. Starting at Banavie, Fort William you will be guided over 22 miles of canal and four lochs including Loch Lochy and Loch Ness. If river levels are suitable, the route may also take in River Oich and River Ness. Each trip is bespoke and includes flat water paddling, river paddling, and canoe sailing.

EH supplies: 

  • tea/coffee at meeting and return to office
  • transport shuttle from Inverness to Banavie, Fort William
  • suitable canoe, paddle & buoyancy aid
  • canoe sailing equipment
  • large dry bag & canoe barrel
  • tent, roll mat, torch, cooking equipment & toilet bag (if required)
  • five 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 at Well of Seven Heads - day 2 & Fort Augustus - day 3)

Group Size: Min 4/Max 8

Age: Suitable for adults or accompanied children(12 years old or over)

Duration: five days paddling/ four 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 outstanding balance paid 28 days in advance of booking date. BACS payment is free of charge. Surcharges apply for debit/credit card and PayPal.

Tandem Special Offer: When booking two adult places, a tandem discount price of £900 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 be invoiced.

Meeting Time: 10.00am

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

Finish Time: Approx. 5.00 pm

We are sorry but registration for this event is now closed.

Please contact us if you would like to know if spaces are still available.