Great Glen Shuttle Service

Explore Highland offer planned, bespoke and an emergency Great Glen Canoe Trail shuttle services for those taking on Scotland’s first formal Canoe Trail.

Based in Inverness we offer a cost-effective shuttle service for canoe and kayak groups of any size.

Planned & Bespoke Shuttle Service

Groups normally meet at our canal side base, Inverness, where we can offer refreshments and shelter when packing your kit into your hired drybags and barrels.

After loading up our minibus and/or trailer, we can then lead you to the Great Glen Canoe Trail car park by Muirtown Basin, where there are designated parking spaces you can leave your vehicle(s) for free during your Great Glen expedition.

Loading up and shuttling direct to the top of Neptune’s Staircase at Banavie, Fort William takes just under two hours. We also offer safety advice en route over the shuttle journey and stop off briefly at Loch Ness, Urquhart Castle and Fort Augustus to highlight various options for taking on the Great Glen Canoe Trail safely.

Great Glen Canoe Trail Shuttle to Banavie

Five hour shuttle overview:

  • 5 mins – Meet n greet clients and offer a hot drink at EH office
  • 20 mins – Load minibus and trailer with barrels and bags
  • 5 mins – Follow clients cars to Canoe Trail car park at Muirtown Locks
  • 2 hour – Shuttle to Banavie Fort William
  • 10 mins – Unloading minibus and trailer of bags, boats & kit
  • 20 mins – Advice on packing, moving, portaging and sailing if required
  • 2 hour – Return drive to Inverness

See our location page for directions and other facilities available.

Great Glen Canoe Trail Distance A-BShuttle Time (approx)Shuttle Charge
Banavie,
by Fort William
65.5 miles2 hrs drop off + loading/unloading
(5 hrs allocated)
£150 - evening without trailer
£175 - day without trailer
£185 - evening with trailer
£220 - day with trailer
Oich Pier,
Fort Augustus
34.3 miles1 hr drop off + loading/unloading
(2.5 hrs allocated)
£80 - evening without trailer
£100 - day without trailer
£110 - evening with trailer
£130 - day with trailer
Invermoriston,
Loch Ness
28.7 miles50 mins drop off + loading/unloading
(2.5 hrs allocated)
£95 - without trailer
£125 - with trailer
Foyers,
Loch Ness
21 miles50 mins drop off + loading/unloading
(2.5 hrs allocated)
£90 - without trailer
£120 - with trailer
Dores Beach,
Loch Ness
9.5 miles25 mins drop off + loading/unloading
(1.5 hrs allocated)
£45 - without trailer
£60 - with trailer
Lochend,
Loch Ness
7.3 miles15 mins drop off + loading/unloading
(1 hr allocated)
£35 - without trailer
£50 - with trailer
Dochgarroch Locks,
Caledonian Canal
5.3 miles15 mins drop off + loading/unloading
(1 hr allocated)
£35 - without trailer
£50 - with trailer

These are approximate timings allowing for 50mph trailer/minibus speed limit and loading/unloading. Prices based on weekday shuttles for our hire clients. Minibus quoted for a maximum of eight passengers. Explore Highland can transport up to 1x open canoe or 3x plastic sea kayaks on minibus roof rack. For additional craft numbers a trailer is required. Our main trailer can carry 6x standard 16′ open canoes and 10x plastic sea kayaks. J-bars and additional padding can be supplied for glass sea kayaks.

All clients who use our shuttle service have access to a number of key safety documents (pdf format) to assist both when route planning and during your Canoe Trail.

These include;

  • GGCT Self-Guide Check List for group leaders
  • Great Glen Canoe Trail Map includes key trail features including portage points
  • GGCT Distance Matrix giving distances from key locations
  • GGCT Stay Over List of local commercial campsites and bunkhouses
  • GGCT Egress Points you can exit the lochs/canals for collection/emergency uplift
  • SCA Paddlers Access Code including consideration to fishermen on river sections
  • Scottish Outdoor Access Code information covering wild camping

See – Downloads

Emergency Shuttle Uplift

Should the weather turn for the worst or one or all of the group decides not continue the full length of the Canoe Trail, we are normally able to respond swiftly and get your craft and kit off the loch side and back to either Inverness or Fort William.

All our hire & shuttle service clients receive a 24 hour emergency contact number to text!

Contact Donald today to find out how we can help shuttle you through the Great Glen!