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 x6 (for hire, guided & coached bookings use)
  • Wavesport Horizon Tandem kayaks x4 (for guided/coached bookings only)
  • Red Paddle Co 2019/2020 Voyager 12’6 boards x6 (for guided/coached bookings only)
  • Wavesport Diesel Kayaks x6 (for guided/coached bookings only)

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

  • Wenonah 15′ Prospector Royalex canoe
  • P&H Cetus MV Kevlar custom sea kayak
  • Red Paddle Co 2020 12’6 Voyager board
  • Red Paddle Co 2019 9’6 Wild white water board
  • Wavesport Diesel 80 kayak
  • Wavesport Ethos 10 touring/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 half day, full day, weekend & week-long adventures throughout the year throughout the Highlands & Islands.

Open Canoe Trips & Adventures

  • Great Glen Canoe Trail, 12-16 April 2021, 4 pairs/tandem places
  • Great Glen Canoe Trail, 12-16 July 2021, 4 pairs/tandem places
  • Great Glen Canoe Trail, 15-18 October 2021 – 4 pairs/tandem places
  • River Spey, (2021 dates pending)

Sea Kayak Trips & Adventures

  • Loch Ness Day Adventure, Saturday 12th September 2020 – 1 pair/tandem place
  • Loch Ness Day Adventure, Saturday 3rd October 2020 – 3 pairs/tandem places
  • Cromarty Sea Kayaking Day, Tuesday 6th October 2020 – 4 pairs/tandem places
  • Loch Maree Sea Kayaking Day, Tuesday 13th October 2020 – 4 pairs/tandem places

Whitewater Kayaking Weekends

  • Perthshire Rivers Weekend, (9-11 October 2020) – 4 places
  • Lochaber Rivers Weekend, (16-18 October 2020) – 4 places

Stand Up Paddling Trips & Adventures

  • Great Glen Paddleboarding Adventure, 2-6th August 2021 – 6 places
  • SUP Isle of Skye, (2021 dates pending)

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 private 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!