No one knows the trail better than Donald. Through his work with British Waterways Scotland (now Scottish Canals) as Canoe Trail Project Officer, he set up this formal Canoe Trail, and as part of this works wrote the Great Glen Canoe Trail Guidebook published by Pesda Press. Donald is a highly experienced BCU Coach & Guide in open canoe, inland kayak, and sea kayak. So you know you are in safe hands and out on the water.
Why not join Donald on one of his unique all-inclusive Great Glen Canoe Trail paddling adventures;
For more details on these and bookings, please see our diary page or contact Donald.
Private Guided Great Glen Adventure
If you are interested in a bespoke Great Glen Canoe Trail adventure, Explore Highland can offer you a tailor-made package. This could include guiding by top local guides either in open canoes, sea kayaks or stand up paddleboards ranging from one to five days. Depending on your group’s paddling experience we could link in the River Oich and River Ness to reduce the number of portages and offer a more unique Canoe Trail experience. Accommodation options are available for bespoke Canoe Trails depending on your requirements, however they could including wild camping, use of commercial campsites, local bunkhouses, B&B’s, local hotels or a combination.
Some of our most popular Great Glen Canoe Trail options are listed below:
- Canals & Lochs (3-5 days)
- Canals, Lochs & Rivers* (3-5 days)
- Canoe Trail by Sea Kayak (2-4 days)
- Fort William to Laggan (1-2 days)
- Laggan to For Augustus (1-2 days)
- Paddle Loch Ness (0.5-2 days)
- Inverness Mini Trail* (1-2 days)
- Fort Augustus Mini Trail* (1-2 days)
- Fort William Mini Trail* (1-2 days)
*Canoes only used to run river sections. Sea kayak and stand up paddleboards would take on the canal sections
We have the local knowledge and contacts within the Great Glen to make this trip work for you.
Book Your Private Great Glen Adventure
You can book your private guided adventure in two easy steps.
Step 1 – Please complete the provisional private group booking request form below.
Once the form has been received and reviewed, Donald will get back in touch by email to accept or decline the provisional booking request.
Step 2 – If your provisional booking is accepted, additional information (Private Group Booking Form) is needed, with the completed forms returned within 48 hours.
Please Note – A minimum of two weeks notice is required to turn around emails, forms, create booking/invoice and allocate resources around other prebooked coached/guided activities. Four to six weeks notice is required for multiday guided activities.
Self Guided Great Glen Adventures
Explore Highland offers a range of services specifically for the Great Glen Canoe Trail to help experienced paddlers take on this route. This includes competitively priced open canoe hire for individuals and groups.
Further Great Glen Canoe Trail information
Explore Highland have also a number of links below to a number of resources for experienced paddlers to aid with their planning.
Great Glen Canoe Hire
Great Glen Shuttle Services
Great Glen Canoe Trail Map
Great Glen Canoe Trail Guidebook
Great Glen – Additional Paddler Resources