Loch Ness Day Adventure
8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Spend a full day out exploring Loch Ness from Fort Augustus to Dores. Who knows you may even spot the wee monster!
Yes paddling twenty miles in a day from Fort Augustus to Dores. Explore Highland’s fantastic new fleet of tandem sea kayaks allows the miles to be pass effortlessly and in comfort.
Meeting at Dores at 0800am, Explore Highland will shuttle up to six paddlers with Donald to Fort Augustus. Here we unload the kayaks. After getting the kit ready, and a short safety briefing we’ll paddle across to the south side of the loch. With a little coaching and teamwork, the group paddle (and sightsee) for approx three, two-hour paddling blocks. Stopping at the Beeches, Foyers, and opposite Urquhart Castle for a stretch of the legs, reenergize, and many photo opportunities from the kayak and on land. We stop for approx 30-45 mins each stop to allow for food and toilet breaks.
Should the group making good time with fair conditions, the option of cutting across the mile-wide loch to do a “fly-by” Urquhart Castle may be possible but not guaranteed. The final decision will be left with your guide.
No matter which route is taken, the finish point is Dores beach in the late afternoon/early evening. Once landed, more team photos can be taken and a celebratory refreshment at the Dores Inn is encouraged for all.
- Minibus shuttle from Dores to Fort Augustus
- Tandem sea kayaks
- Spray decks, paddles, and buoyancy aids
- Deck bag, dry bags & paddling jackets (if requested)
- Hot drinks at both stops
- Approx 8 hours on the water guiding
- Copy of all photos taken by your guide
What you need to bring:
We recommend bring along;
- a waterproof jacket and waterproof over-trousers are highly recommended
- leggings/baselayer/fleece jumper
- a hat/ cap to keep your head warm
- happy for people to wear wetsuits if they wish but can be restrictive in the shoulders when paddling
- old light footwear/trainers that you don’t mind getting wet/splashed
- water bottle or juice as you will get thirsty/need to hydrate
- some energy bars/chocolate/sweets
- a packed lunch which should be split between both main stops.
- any medication you may require
- a change of clothes taken in a dry bag in the kayak, plus a towel
- additional complete change of clothes for afterward – to be left in car or minibus so at the finish point!
Personal Belongings: Camera’s, phones, car keys, and other personal belongings are taken out onto the water at your own risk. If in doubt, please leave these items in your own car when out on the water
Group Size: Min 3/Max 8 paddlers
Craft: Tandem sea kayaks are used. Paddlers booking with a friend/partner will be teamed up. Individual paddlers will be paired up. Should you wish to paddle your own sea kayak, please get in touch to discuss paddling experience and suitability prior to booking.
Distance: 20 miles
Meeting Time: 08:00
Meet Location: On the main road by the Dores village public car park. If you require a lift from Inverness, you can request a pick up from Inverness town centre, opposite the townhouse, High Street at 07:30 am.
Finish Time: Approx 17:00-18:00 pm
Age: This trip is suitable for adults only due to the adventure being a full-day trip and covering a large distance.
Paddling Experience Req: Some prior kayaking experience is required from all paddlers to allow for reasonable progress across the whole loch. There is little to no egress for the first ten miles along the south side of Loch Ness, and this is not a place or time to teach total beginners. Top tips in efficient tandem paddling are given throughout this guided trip.
Physical Fitness: Paddlers should be physically fit enough to paddle lightly for the duration. Paddling in tandem does help efficiency and assists to cover distance quicker. Paddlers in pairs should also be able to move, launch and land their kayaks themselves.
COVID-19 Activity Advice: A number of precautions are being put in place to ensure safety for all attending.
- All participants are attending on the basis they are NOT suffering from any COVID-19 symptoms, have NOT knowingly been in contact with anyone suffering from COVID-19 symptoms within the last 14 days, and are fit, healthy, and happy to participate.
- Should any booked participant discover they have developed any COVID-19 symptoms, participants are asked to contact Explore Highland by email at the earliest opportunity.
- We ask all participants to respect social distancing to assist in everyone’s safety.
- Social distancing will be maintained throughout the adventure whether on land or when out on the water.
- Alcohol-based hand sanitisers will be available for regular application at the start, tea break, and at the end of the paddling day.
- Pre & post-cleaning of all craft and kit will also be completed to ensure all paddler’s safety.
- Additional safety briefing to explain options of self-rescue and ensuring highlighting ways to ensure no sharing of equipment.
- Coach/guide will use disposable gloves when issuing clean kit, and when you are finished with it. Gloves will also be worn if help is required carrying the craft to the water.
- Group photos will be taken using social distancing and “group hug photos” encouraged to only the same household.
- Should the Scottish/UK government change travel restrictions after deposits/balance has been paid, Explore Highland will honour your booking and offer an alternative date/event to attend once restrictions have been lifted.
- If paddling shuttle restrictions are still in place at the time of events, Explore Highland may not be able to offer transport to the start/from the finish of the activity/adventure. If this is the case, you will be given notification at the earliest opportunity, along with other safe Covid-19 transport suggestions.
- Should there be any more best practice advice issued, we will ensure to add to this list to further promote safe paddling for all.
Terms & Conditions: Terms and conditions can be found online at – www.explorehighland.com/terms-conditions/