Paddle Loch Ness

Fancy paddling on thee most famous Loch in the world!

Loch Ness is certainly the most famous loch in the world, not just because of ‘Nessie’, the Loch Ness monster and it’s mysteries which have been researched, it’s also been used in experiments as the world’s biggest spirit level and the effects of movement of earth around the sun & moon, it’s been used to try and set a water speed record and more recently for Guinness Records including paddling and swimming across the famous loch.

Cute Nessie

The loch itself stretches for twenty two mile and is approximately a mile across, but also links into the scenic Loch Dochfour and the Caledonian Canal. Classed as open water, it’s home to Scotland’s only inshore voluntary RNLI Lifeboat Station based at Temple Pier. Waves in excess of three metres have been recorded just of Dores beach.

Since March 2012, Loch Ness has also formed almost a quarter of Scotland’s first formal Great Glen Canoe Trail. At times the loch can be mirror calm with stunning Highland scenery in the backdrop and an ideal location to paddle, but can also be a dangerous expanse of water should the wind and waves pick up.

Why not take to the waters with a local professional guide and enjoy the most famous Loch in the world, safely and at a relaxed pace.

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 Loch Ness Trip

Explore Highland offer bespoke groups the opportunity to get out on a private Paddle Loch Ness trip.  Craft choice will depend on availability however we recommend tandem sit on top kayaks for inexperienced paddlers. For experienced paddlers, tandem open canoes, sea kayak or stand up paddle boards may be available on request.

Paddle Loch Ness planned trips are normally run in the afternoons (1-5pm), however during summer evening paddles (6-10pm), morning paddles (9-1) or sunrise paddles are available by request. Sunday evening paddles give you the loch to yourself with little to no boat traffic or boat tours operating after 6pm.

Paddle Loch Ness 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 Loch Ness experience!