Great Glen Canoe Trail

Our next guided Great Glen Canoe Trails expeditions are;

By Canoe

  • 6-10 April 2020 (5 days)
  • 6-10 July 2020 (5 days)
  • 18-21 September (4 days)

By Sea Kayak

  • Bespoke trips available on request


  • Bespoke trips available on request

Guided Adventures – Great Glen Canoe Trail

The Great Glen Canoe Trail was Scotland’s first formal Canoe Trail. Following the Caledonian Canal route from Fort William in the west to Inverness in the east, this sixty-mile challenge has undergone development over the last few years due to the popularity of this fantastic canoe and sea kayak route.

The Great Glen Canoe Trail sixty-mile route includes twenty-two miles of paddling on sections of man-made canal, with the rest on lochs – Loch Lochy, Loch Oich, world famous Loch Ness and Loch Dochfour. For experienced canoeists, the whitewater sections of River Oich, River Ness and River Lochy can also be included to reduce the number of portage points and add extra excitement to this fantastic across Scotland canoe adventure.

No one knows the trail better than Donald. Through his work with British Waterways Scotland (now Scottish Canals) as Canoe Trail Project Officer, he set up this formal Canoe Trail, and as part of this works wrote the Great Glen Canoe Trail Guidebook published by Pesda Press. Donald is a highly experienced BCU Coach & Guide in open canoe, inland kayak, and sea kayak. So you know you are in safe hands and out on the water.

Why not join Donald on one of his unique all-inclusive Great Glen Canoe Trail paddling adventures;

Canoe sailing on Loch Ness

For more details on these and bookings, please see our diary page or contact Donald.

Bespoke Adventures – Great Glen Canoe Trail

If you are interested in a bespoke Great Glen Canoe Trail adventure, Explore Highland can offer you a tailor-made package. This could include guiding by top local guides either in open canoes, sea kayaks or stand up paddleboards ranging from one to five days. Depending on your group’s paddling experience we could link in the River Oich and River Ness to reduce the number of portages and offer a more unique Canoe Trail experience. Accommodation options are available for bespoke Canoe Trails depending on your requirements, however they could including wild camping, use of commercial campsites, local bunkhouses, B&B’s, local hotels or a combination.

Some of our most popular Great Glen Canoe Trail options are listed below:

  • Canals & Lochs (3-5 days)
  • Canals, Lochs & Rivers* (3-5 days)
  • Canoe Trail by Sea Kayak (2-4 days)
  • Fort William to Laggan (1-2 days)
  • Laggan to For Augustus (1-2 days)
  • Paddle Loch Ness (0.5-2 days)
  • Inverness Mini Trail* (1-2 days)
  • Fort Augustus Mini Trail* (1-2 days)
  • Fort William Mini Trail* (1-2 days)

*Canoes only used to run river sections. Sea kayak and stand up paddleboards would take on the canal sections

We have the local knowledge and contacts within the Great Glen to make this trip work for you. Why not forward a private group booking request form and once your fool plans are known, a quote can be supplied!

Self Guided Adventures – Great Glen Canoe Trail


Explore Highland offers a range of services specifically for the Great Glen Canoe Trail to help experienced paddlers take on this route. This includes competitively priced open canoe hire for individuals and groups. We also offer a number of resources to experienced paddlers to aid with their route planning to help become more familiar with the area, landscape plus the changeable eenvironment within Loch Lochy and Loch Ness.

Further Great Glen Canoe Trail information

Great Glen Canoe Hire

Great Glen Shuttle & Support Services     

Great Glen Canoe Trail Guidebook     

Great Glen – Additional Paddler Resources