Paddle Aigas Gorge

The Aigas Gorge is part of the River Beauly river system. This lovely relaxed canoeing adventure takes you into a different world. Lush foliage, stunning rock formations set in a gorge environment. Stunning scenery, possibility to spot an osprey & other birds of prey and with a relaxed professional coach/guide, you will certainly have a memorable experience out on the water.

The four hour trip is suitable for all paddler abilities. Family groups welcome. We mainly use tandem canoes for all planned open trips, but are able to offer sit on top kayak or even paddleboard options for bespoke bookings. 

We supply:

  • a tandem open canoe
  • a personal buoyancy aid (PFD) and a  suitable sized canoe paddle
  • a 60 litre dry bag per canoe for spare clothes
  • approx three hours on the water guided/coached adventure
  • tea/coffee/hot chocolate and biscuits/cake for tea break
  • copies of photos taken by your guide during the trip forwarded after

What you need to bring: When paddling, you should expect to be prepared for the outdoors and the Highland weather. The weather can be unpredictable so its best to be prepared for the worst so you enjoy. Please bring suitable outdoor clothing to keep you warm for your time out on the water. We recommend bring along;

  • a waterproof jacket and trousers
  • fleece jumper base layer
  • a hat or cap to keep head warm
  • old footwear/trainers that you don’t mind getting wet/splashed
  • complete change of clothes for afterwards (or in case you take an accidental swim)
  • any medication you may require

Group Size: Min 4, Max 8 (Bookings close 24 hrs before activity date. Should there not be sufficient numbers, you will be notified and issued a full refund)

Age: This trip is suitable for adults or families (minimum 6 year old)

Meeting Time: various

Meet Location: Explore Highland Office, Clachnaharry Works Lock, Clachnaharry Road, Inverness, IV3 8RA!

Duration: Approx 4 hours

Distance: Approx. paddling distance 4 miles (6 km)

Weather: This trip takes place in a very sheltered location and always runs.

Personal Belongings: Camera’s, phones, car keys and other personal belongings are taken out onto the water at your own risk. If in doubt, please leave these back on land!

Planned Trips

Explore Highland run a number of planned 4 hour trips out onto Loch Ness from Easter to October. These trips are normally planned for afternoons (1-5pm), however during summer evening paddles (6-10pm). 

Why do we use tandem sit on top kayaks on Loch Ness?

These kayaks are….

  • Easy access/egress for adults and kits of all sizes
  • Their width and low centre of balance  makes them very stable 
  • Comfortable deluxe seat pads with high back rests
  • Tandem kayak team work helps to move the boat and cover a fair distance easily
  • Great for families wishing to get out on the water with the adults pair up with their children
  • Wheel in the keel models also help reduce weight when portaging to/off the water

Sunday afternoon and evening Paddle Loch Ness dates have already been set. More information & online booking available on the diary page 

Bespoke Paddle Aigas Gorge Trip

Explore Highland offer bespoke groups the opportunity to book a private Paddle Aigas Gorge trip.  Craft choice will depend on availability however we recommend tandem open canoes. For experienced stand up paddler, paddleboards may be available on request.

Paddle Aigas Gorge planned trips are normally run in the afternoons (1-5pm), however during summer evening/sunset paddles (6-10pm), morning paddles (9-1) or sunrise paddles are available by request. 

Paddle Aigas Gorge trips start from £120.00 (based on minimum two adults)

  • 2 Adults – £60pp = £120
  • 3x Adults – £45pp = £135
  • Family trip, 2x Adults + 2x U18’s (5-17yo) = £140

Additional adult charge – £40pp.

Contact Donald to book a bespoke Paddle Aigas Gorge experience!