Team Explore Highland

Team Explore Highland prides itself on the quality and dedication of our coaches and guides. We only employ highly-qualified, experienced and passionate instructors (minimum Level 3 coaches) who are all local to the Highlands and live what they teach. Between them Team Explore Highland cover all types of paddlesports including sea kayaking, open canoeing, white water kayaking, surf kayaking and even play boating!

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Born and brought up in Inverness, his passion for sport and the outdoor life has always ruled his world. After studying HND Sports Coaching with Sports Development at Edinburgh’s Telford College, Donald has progressed through the coaching ranks in various sports including swimming and gymnastics, and now enjoys guiding and coaching all three paddle sports disciplines, and loves play boating.

As well as running Explore Highland, Donald was Project Officer for the Great Glen Canoe Trail and wrote the Great Glen Canoe Trail guidebook to Scotland’s first formal Canoe Trail. He also helped develop the Glasgow to Edinburgh Canoe Trail. He also freelances for Glenmore Lodge, Skyak Adventures, West Highland College UHI and High Life Highland Outdoor Education.


Aspirant BCU Level 5 Coach (Inland), BCU Level 3 Coach (Canoe & Sea), BCU 5 Star Leader (Inland, Canoe & Sea), SRA Raft Guide & HSE First Aid Instructor

Jessica Leggatt

(Weekend Assistant, Admin & Coach)


Mark Chambers

(Weekend Assistant & Coach)


Benedict Donnelly

(Weekend Assistant)

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Freelance Instructors

From time to time other specialist instructors and guides help us to provide our planned courses, bespoke requests and adventures. Rest assured that they know their stuff!

Please contact Donald today to find out how Explore Highland can help you take to the water!