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 Loch Ness Trips

Explore Highland run a number of planned four-hour paddling trips out onto Loch Ness from Easter to October. These trips are scheduled around other bookings however generally there is one planned per week, usually Friday afternoons (1-5pm), however during summer evening paddles (6-10pm) may also be planned. 

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 backrests
  • Tandem kayak teamwork 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

Paddle Loch Ness dates are usually set approximately a month in advance. Please check the activity diary for dates & to book online.

Normal cost for planned trips is Adult £50pp, Under 18’s (5-17yo) £30pp.

Link to normal Paddle Loch Ness Trip Information


Canoe Loch N ess

Private Loch Ness Experience

Explore Highland offers families & groups the opportunity to have 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. Book early to have your choice of craft.

Paddle Loch Ness planned trips are normally run on Friday afternoons (1-5pm), however, private trips can be booked for dawn, morning, afternoon or dusk timings. Sunday evening paddles offer you the loch to yourself, with little to no boat traffic operating after 6pm, just saying!

Paddle Loch Ness (4 hour) trip start from £180.00!

  • 3x Adults – £60pp = £180
  • 4x Adults – £55pp = £220
  • 5-8 Adults – £50pp
  • Family trip, 2x Adults £55pp + 2x U18’s £35pp (5-17yo) = £180

Book Your Private Loch Ness Experience

You can book your Private Loch Ness Experience in three easy steps.

Step 1 – Check out the online activity diary for Donald’s availability for a suitable date.

Step 2 – Complete the downloadable Private Group Booking Form,

Step 3 – Email completed form to Donald at

Please be aware as featured on the diary page, Donald is out coaching/guiding and not office based, so please apply with plenty of time to allow enquiries to be processed.