SUP Skills – Loch Ness Adventure
- 18/06/2022 - 19/06/2022
10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Join Donald Macpherson on this two day Loch Ness adventure crossing the 22 miles of this world famous loch by stand up paddleboard.
Part of the Great Glen Canoe Trail and the biggest body of water in the UK, the open water of Loch Ness is formidable paddling challenge for experienced paddlers
Explore Highland ran by Donald has been offering amazing paddling adventure holidays across the whole of the Scottish Highlands and across the Great Glen for over ten years, so rest assured you’ll be in safe hands and guaranteed a great adventure and in great company!
There will be an evening zoom meeting held a month before the activity start date to ensure all participants get a virtual face to face, a opportunity to confirm information and to ask further questions about the adventure.
Meeting Donald and fellow paddleboarders at Oich Pier, Fort Augustus, we unload and issue all the kit and boards. Checks are put in place to ensure everyone has everything they need for the two days. We start packing and loading the touring board ready for launch. After a short brief, we launch onto the water and ensure everyone is ok as we paddle past the Abbey with stunning views down the loch.
Paddling down half the south side of the loch we find a suitable wild camp spot to set up camp for the evening over looking the loch.
Decamping is done at a leisurely pace with time to ensure you get a morning cuppa and take in the sheer size and stunning scenery of Loch Ness. Depending on conditions on the loch, we either stick to the south side and take a stop off a Dores Beach, or if calm and the group are all in agreement, we cut across the loch to pass by Urquhart Castle. The finish point for the trip is at Dochgarroch Locks.
This weekend is aimed at those who wish to further develop their personal paddling skills with a loaded board, including a night wild camping out, with the safety of a professional coach who has extensive knowledge of the loch to ensure your safety and well being. You’ll be taught many top tips and handy hints to greatly improve your personal paddling skills, knowledge of open water safety and give you a taste of multiday day paddle boarding possibilities.
Experienced paddleboarders are also welcome to come enjoy a monster paddling weekend also!
- a Red Paddle Co 12’6 Voyager touring paddleboard, adjustable paddle, buoyancy aid and waist leash
- 70 ltr large & 35 ltr medium dry bag
- various 10 ltr dry bags
- tent, roll mat, cooking equipment & toilet bag (if required)
- two days of paddleboard guiding/coaching
- Loch Ness & Caledonian Canal history and stories
- copies of photos taken by your guide during the adventure
What you need to bring:
We recommend bring along;
- wetsuit/drysuit or your own warm paddling clothing
- good waterproof trousers & jacket for around camp
- suitable footwear for paddling and at camp
- hat, cap & gloves
- spare clothing & sleeping bag
- personal toiletries, midgy spray & suntan lotion
- individual snacks and treats for between meals
- food (2x lunches, 1x breakfast, 1x dinner),
- 2x water bottles, and a flask/cup
- additional spending money – For any souvenirs, additional tea/coffee/treats on the route Dores Inn or Clansman Harbour on day 2.
Personal Belongings: Camera’s, phones, car keys, and other personal belongings are taken out on the Canoe Trail at your own risk.
Group Size: Min 4/Max 6 paddlers
Craft: Touring (12’6) stand up paddleboards will be used.
Distance: approx. 10-12 miles per day.
Duration: Two days paddling/one night wild camping by the lochside
Meeting Time: 10am on Saturday 18th June 2022
Meet Location: By Oich Pier, Fort Augustus. Free car parking locations close to the start point which will be explained. Please drive to the pier turning point to firstly though to drop off your kit before parking up.
Finish Time: Approx. 4-6.00 pm on Day 2 at Dochgarroch Locks. There is a Citylink bus service that runs from Inverness/Dochgarroch back to Fort Augustus every two hours.
Paddling Experience Req: Stand-up paddling experience is required for this adventure. We would advise this trip is suitable for those who have 5-10 days paddleboarding experience to suitability to take on the open waters of Loch Ness.
Physical Fitness: Although paddling is relatively relaxing, paddlers should be generally fit and possibly do some upper body muscular endurance training to build up to paddle approximately 10-12 miles per day for two days. You should be fit enough to be able to move and handle paddleboards, drybags, and kit on and off the water at the various launch & landing locations. Best practice lifting & moving techniques will be shown.
Age: This adventure is suitable for adults only
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 boards and kit will be completed to ensure all paddler’s safety.
- Additional safety briefing to explain options for self-rescue and ensuring ways to ensure no sharing of equipment.
- Group photos will be taken using social distancing and “group hug photos” encouraged only for the same household paddlers.
- A lateral flow test will be requested to be undertaken 24 hrs prior to this adventure to ensure all participants test negative for Covid-19
- 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.
- Should there be any more best practice advice be issued, we will ensure to add to this list to further promote safe paddling for all.
Price: £220 per person.
Payment: You can book your place online by completing the booking process below. To reserve your place you only require to pay the 25% deposit now, with the balance invoice forwarded for payment six weeks prior to adventure start date.
Terms & Conditions: Terms and conditions can be found online – www.explorehighland.com/terms-conditions/