Equipment Hire

At Explore Highland we are able to outfit individuals and groups for your paddling adventure

We offer paddlers only the best hire equipment so that you can truly enjoy your paddling adventure holiday.

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 before you head off on your adventure.

As a responsible company, hire is only available to those with some paddling experience. For those who have no experience or looking at venturing into unknown waters, we are happy to help and provide a qualified guide to look after you. Alternatively we can offer a half day safety training session for those wishing to take boats out without any experience. Please see our Hire Agreement Form for full details.

Hire discounts available for multiple day, group hires and where a guide is also included. Drop off and collection services can be arranged on request.

The main items available to hire are listed below.

EquipmentDescription
Included with kayak hireA river paddle, neoprene spray deck, buoyancy aid and helmet. Group leaders can also request a throw bag
Included with canoe hireA canoe paddle plus spare, buoyancy aid, a helmet, a bailer & sponge, a 60ltr dry back pack per person. For the Great Glen Canoe Trail we also include a folding portage trolley and a 60ltr barrel per canoe.
Included with sea kayak hireA two piece sea paddle, neoprene spray deck, a buoyancy aid and a sponge. For the Great Glen Canoe Trail we also include a sea kayak portage trolley. Group leaders can also request a bilge pump, 15m towline and a spare set of split paddles

Loch Ness wild camping

Wild camping by Loch Ness

Chargeable ExtrasDescriptionCost
Toilet KitIncludes a trowel, hand soap and tissue for when you need to go in the wild£POA
Sailing KitsDownwind sailing kit includes a set of canoe poles and a down wind canoe sail£POA
Canoe PolesSteel two section canoe poles£POA
TentsA range of 2 or 3 person dome tunnel tents£POA
Sleeping Roll MatsThick foam roll mats to keep you warm and comfortable£POA
Stoves & AccessoriesDouble burner self standing stoves for use with coleman gas. Pots and pans also available£POA
Kelly KettleGreat way to boil water and cook in the great outdoors Great way to boil water and cook in the great outdoors£POA

Please email Donald your equipment requirements or your plans for paddling and we can offer advice and a bespoke quote for you.