Canoe Hire

Explore Highland offer open canoe hire throughout Scotland including the Scottish Highlands for the likes of the Great Glen Canoe Trail, River Spey Descent and Glen Affric. We offer everything from our single/tandem 15′ Venture Prospector canoes fitted with out for tandem paddling with wooden webbed seats and a solo kneeling thwart or our 16′ Venture Prospector tandem canoes fitted with wooden webbed seats and an extra thwart so ready for your next expedition. By providing only the best equipment and support, you can be sure that your hire equipment will really make your next canoeing adventure holiday in Scotland that extra bit special.

When out paddling under the Scottish Outdoor Access Code, you must take responsibility for your own actions on and off the water. We can help by providing you with our local knowledge, responsible access and safety information at time of collection.

As a responsible business, open canoe hire is only available to those with paddling and safety experience in craft & intended environments. For those who have no experience or looking at venturing into unknown waters, a professional guiding service is available.

Alternatively Donald can offer a skills/safety training workshop for those wishing to hire canoes without any experience.

Canoe Hire Terms & Conditions

  1. Canoe hire is offered on the basis that hirers are appropriately experienced and qualified in the craft being hired, including safety & rescue in environment being used. NO instruction or safety cover is included.
  2. Buoyancy aids are included with all canoe & kayak hire. These ARE required to be worn when on or around the water.
  3. £100 refundable security deposit paid by credit/debit card required per craft at the time of collection.
  4. Minimum of 7 days notice required for all hires. Please see the online diary for Donald’s availability as longer may be required during peak season as frequently away guided multiday adventure holidays with little to no signal.
  5. Drop off/collection service is also available when booked at same time as your hire.
  6. Local information offered during hire/shuttle process.

For those with limited to no canoeing experience, Donald run’s regular half day and full day trips plus offers bespoke guided adventure holidays which include coaching, guidance, transport and safety cover.

What are the 2018 canoe hire costs?

Explore Highland canoe hire charge are

  • Half day hire – NOT AVAILABLE. Please join one of the planned half day guided trips)
  • One day – £45, (Only available when hiring four or more boats for a day or longer)
  • Two days – £80
  • Three days – £115
  • Four days – £150
  • Five days – £170
  • Six days – £200

For longer hires, please add £30 per day.

Download the latest 2018 Canoe, Kayak & SUP Hire Pricelist

What’s included with our canoe hire?

Explore highland include the following kit FREE OF CHARGE with all canoe hires:

  • Options of 130, 140 and 150cm paddles plus a spare per canoe
  • Peak UK buoyancy aids
  • Predator side cut helmet, for moving/white water trips
  • Kneeling mat, for solo paddlers
  • Sponge & bailer per canoe
  • 2x 60 litre Lomo dry bag/back pack per canoe for day tripping and expeditions
  • 1x 60 litre barrel per canoe for expeditions
  • 1x 5 metre lashing cord to secure kit into canoe
  • 1x canoe portage trolley and strap for Great Glen Canoe Trail use

What extras can I hire?

We can also offer the following additional chargeable items:

  • Wetsuit(s)
  • Aluminium canoe pole(s)
  • Tandem downwind sailing kit(s)
  • Additional clip in seat(s)
  • See also Equipment Hire page for additional paddling, cooking and camping hire items

Please ask for a quote for coaching, guiding and/or shuttle services.

Book your canoe hire now!

Your Name (required field)

Email Address (required field)

UK Contact Number (Early evening is normal contact time)

Number of tandem canoes required (required field)

Number of solo canoes required (required field)

Are you collecting the canoes from Explore Highland Office, Inverness />

Where would you like the canoe(s) drop off?

Date/Time you required the canoe(s) (required field)

Are you returning the canoe(s) to Explore Highland Office, Inverness

Where do you need the canoe(s) collected from?

Date/Time you required the canoe(s ) collected (required field)

Additional canoeing equipment required (including paddles & buoyancy aids) can be arranged when booking is confirmed.

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