Great Glen Canoe Trail

Our next guided Great Glen Canoe Trails expeditions are;

By Sea Kayak

Guided Adventures – Great Glen Canoe Trail

The Great Glen Canoe Trail is now Scotland’s first formal Canoe Trail. Following the Caledonian Canal route from Fort William in the west to Inverness in the east, thissixty-milee 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 those who are experience in paddling canoes in white water, River Oich, River Ness and River Lochy can also be included to reduce portages and add to this fantastic canoeing adventure.

No one knows the trail better than Donald Macpherson, lead instructor with Explore Highland. Through his work with British Waterways Scotland as Canoe Trail Project Officer, he set up the formal Canoe Trail, and as part of this works written the Great Glen Canoe Trail Guidebook published by Pesda Press. Donald is a BCU 5* Leader and Level 4 Coach in open canoe, inland kayak and sea kayak.

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

Canoe sailing on Loch Ness

You can also watch our slideshow featuring photos from previous Guided Adventures in the Great Glen. 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 or sea kayaks ranging from one to five days. Depending on your groups canoeing 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 you requirements however they could including wild camping, use of commercial camp sites, 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.

We have the local knowledge and contacts within the Great Glen and can make this trip work for you. Why not email us to find out more!

Self Guided Adventures – Great Glen Canoe Trail


Explore Highland offer a range of services specifically for the Great Glen Canoe Trail to help experienced paddlers take on the Canoe trail. These include competitively priced open canoe and sea kayak hire for individuals and groups, plus a shuttle service for those taking to the trail with their own boats. We also offer a number of resources to experienced paddlers who may not be familiar with the area, landscape and the changeable environmental considerations.

Contact Donald today to help support your next Great Glen Canoe Trail adventure!

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