Great Glen Canoe Trail Shuttle Service
Explore Highland offers bespoke Great Glen Canoe Trail shuttle services for those taking on this formal Canoe Trail. Based in Inverness we offer a cost-effective shuttle service for canoeists and paddleboarder hire clients.
Great Glen Bespoke Shuttle (Inverness to Fort William)
Most groups we shuttle meet in the Coop car park, Telford Street, just beside the Canoe Trail car park finish point. Here there is space to pack your kit into the hired drybags and barrels. Plus if you have forgotten anything, you can pop in for additional food at the store, or if it’s camping equipment, Go Outdoors outdoor store is only 200m away. You can also pick up your Canoe Trail facilities key from the Scottish Canals Seaport Marina office which is just by the canal during office hours.
After loading up our minibus and/or trailer, you can park your car(s) in the Great Glen Canoe Trail car park by Muirtown Basin where there are designated parking spaces you can use for free during your Great Glen Canoe Trail adventure.
From here we shuttle you to your requested drop-off/start point. Majority of which is to the top of Neptune’s Staircase at Banavie, Fort William. This takes just under two hours in summer, but with swing bridges opening, heavy traffic with many tourists around, occasional road works, and other unforeseen delays f, it can sometimes take a little longer.
During the shuttle, we also offer safety advice en route and can stop off briefly at the side of Loch Ness, Fort Augustus, and Loch Lochy to highlight various options to offer local information to aid in making your expedition across Scotland much easier and safer.
Great Glen Bespoke Shuttle (Meeting in Fort William)
Should you wish to meet at the Canoe Trail start, Banavie, Fort William, we can easily shuttle your prebooked craft(s) and kit to Fort William. After dropping off your own equipment at the top of Neptune Staircase, Banavie, the driver can then move their vehicle down the the main Scottish Canal car park besides the Moorings Hotel where there is plenty of space and free parking.
Once completed your Great Glen paddling adventure, Explore Highland will meet you at the finish point by Muirtown Basin, Inverness and collect back the crafts and kit hired.
There is a two hourly Scottish Citylink bus service from Inverness returning to Fort William for approx £12 per person.
Inverness to Banavie, Fort William Shuttle
Six-hour shuttle overview:
- 60 mins – Check and load hire kit and drive to meeting point
- 5 mins – Meet n greet clients at Coop Telford Street car park
- 20 mins – Pack kit into hired barrels and bags, and load minibus and/or trailer
- 5 mins – Clients move cars across the road to the Canoe Trail car park
- 2 hour – Shuttle to Banavie, Fort William
- 10 mins – Unloading minibus and/or trailer of bags, boats & kit
- 20 mins – Advice on packing, moving & handling, portaging, and canoe sailing kits if required
- 2 hour – Return drive to Inverness for driver