Welcome to Explore Highland

Explore Highland offer’s bespoke canoeing, kayaking and stand up paddle boarding experiences in the Scottish Highlands.

Based in Inverness, Explore Highland run by Donald Macpherson offers a wide range of paddle sport activities for all ages, fitness levels and abilities. Paddling throughout the year Explore Highland services include boat & equipment hire, guided half, day and multi-day trips, plus able to deliver national governing body qualifications and skills courses.

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Always aiming to offer a personal paddling experience, Donald is known as the local paddling expert and ambassador of the sport. Offering his professional services, ensuring you get the most out of your paddling adventure. The Highlands are renowned for its stunning landscape, scenery & wildlife which is just waiting for you to explore with our great kit.

The 2020 touring fleet will include;

  • Hou 16′ Prospector canoes x4 (for hire & guided bookings use)
  • Venture 16′ Prospector canoes x2 (for hire & guided bookings use)
  • Wavesport Horizon Tandem kayaks x4 (for guided/coached booking only)
  • Red Paddle Co 2019/2020 Voyager 12’6 paddleboards x6 (for guided/coached bookings only)

Donald is available to coach other activities with his own personal fleet;

  • Wenonah 15′ Prospector Royalex/Oak canoe
  • P&H Cetus MV Kevlar custom sea kayak
  • Red Paddle Co 2020 12’6 Voyager paddleboard
  • Red Paddle Co 2019 9’6 Wild white water paddleboard
  • Wavesport Diesel 80 whitewater kayak
  • Wavesport Ethos 10 Touring/whitewater crossover kayak

Come paddle with Donald and explore the Scottish Highlands are first hand!

Explore Highland Services:

Donald can offer a wide range of paddlesport services within the Scottish Highlands, and regularly venture further afield;

Paddlesport Course, Trips & Adventure Specialist


Explore Highland offers various day, weekend & week long adventures throughout the year throughout the Highlands & Islands.

Open Canoe Trips & Adventures 2020

  • Introduction to Open Canoeing, (9th August)
  • Great Glen Canoe Trail, (dates pending due to COVID-19)
  • River Spey, (dates pending due to COVID-19)

Sea Kayak Trips & Adventures 2020

  • Explore Isle of Skye, (dates pending due to COVID-19)

Whitewater Kayaking Weekends 2020

  • Perthshire Rivers Weekend, (9-11 October)
  • Lochaber Rivers Weekend, (16-18 October)

Stand Up Paddling Trips & Adventures 2020

  • Introduction to Stand Up Paddling, (8th August)
  • SUP Isle of Skye, (dates pending due to COVID-19)

These adventures are led by Donald Macpherson who is a highly experienced multi-discipline paddlesports coach, guide, and author.

Bespoke holiday dates also available for group bookings.

As an ambassador for paddlesport, Donald’s local knowledge is invaluable in making your Scottish paddling adventure safe, fun and highly memorable.

Email Donald today to find out how he can help you explore the Highlands!