Great Glen Canoe or Kayak Tour

Our 6 day Great Glen coast to coast trip, starts at Fort William on the highlands west coast and finishes on the east at Inverness.

This trip is camping based, we provide all the equipment and food you need along with expert guides.

You can do this trip is two person open canoes or our excellent touring kayaks which are faster and handle well even if it is windy. Our touring kayaks a super comfortable, easy to get in and out off and a pleasure to paddle with lots of room for gear in them.

The Great Glen Canoe trail has gained popularity since it was officially opened by the Highland Council as Britain’s first Canoe Trail. Our tour which we have been running for many years is much more than the standard canoe trail. Because we have British Canoe Union qualified and experienced guides, we are able to paddle the River Ness out of Loch Ness into the highland Capitol Inverness, rather than taking the canal like other folks.

So our Great Glen trail links Loch Lochy, Loch Oich and Loch Ness as well as paddling along the Caledonian Canal and descenting the rivers Oich and Ness. We stay in both the organised canoe camping sites along the way that have shower and toilet facilities and also at remote wild camp sites that enable us to show you the very best scenery and tailor each days length to prevailing condtions.

We can visit the ancient Urchurahart Castle on the shores of Loch Ness when conditions allow.

There is some of the most stunning highland scenery along the remote east coast of Loch Ness and we paddle below the tree covered cliffs seeing such amnimals like wild goats and large raptors and who knows maybe something really monsterous?

This is a classic coast to coast Great Glen kayak or canoe trail journey. If you have time to extend your trip ask us about an accent of Ben Nevis or MTBing at the Nevis range mtb trails or even just taking the gondola up Aonach Mor to get a great view of the route through the great glen that you will paddle.

For those coming from outside of Scotland, you could easily turn this into a two week holiday by visiting Edinburgh first, then Glencoe, before reaching Fort William to embark on this trip; or start with this trip and see some of the other sights of Scotland afterwards. You’re ideally placed to head to the Isle of Skye or North West Scotland at the end of this trip.

6 days Great Glen Kayak or Canoe journey.

itinerary | 2-8 participants

5 nights camping both with facilites and wild.

Trip Departs from Inverness. We can help with Hotel and Guest House recommendations so that you can arrive the day before your trip, relax and explore the highland capitol.

Day 1
Our friendly and experienced guides will met you in the morning in Inverness and transport  you to your start point in Fort William using our classic 8 seater Toyota Landcruisers.

We start at the famous Neptunes staircase Loch Gates, then by paddle east along Caledonia Canal. You’ll be surrounded by steep sided mountains and 360 degree great views including Ben Nevis. You make camp at a wild and beautiful spot on the banks of loch Lochy

Day 2

Awake to fresh brewed coffee in a stunning highland location. 
Paddling and maybe even sailing in your canoes we head north east up loch Lochy and through into Loch Oich where you’ll eventually make camp in another great spot. Tonight you can visit or even choose to dine on aboard the floating ‘Eagle Barge’, trip advisor gives it 5 stars, this restuarant and pub makes for a great evening.

Day 3
To day we paddle through loch Oich passing Invergarry Castle. We will choose either the canal or the River Oich into Loch Ness. The river Oich is the perfect place to learn the skills of river paddling, as it is gentle and is a good preparation for the river Ness later in the trip. Tonight we’ll choose the best campsite based on the wind direction, whats for sure is you’ll be camping in a lovely place, very close to Fort Augustus, so relaxing in camp or  walking to the Village pub are both good options.

Day 4

So it’s time to start looking for the monster, as you journey along the wild south east side of Loch Ness. Passing stunning waterfalls and the wild terrain of the east shoreline you’ll be paddling with experience now gained from your guides tuition earlier on the trip.

Day 5

Today we continue to the north end of Loch Ness, how far we have to paddle will depend on the weather and how far we paddled on previous days. If conditions and time allow we paddle across loch ness and land at Urquhart Castle for lunch. Then onwards to our most northly camping spot looking back down the great glen.

Day 6

Unlike other people to do the great glen who stick to the Canal all the way, we have allowed 6 days so that you can finish the journey in true adventure style by paddling down the River Ness. So today we paddle out of Loch Ness and descending the river right into the historic centre of Inverness; just before it runs into the sea. This is an exciting day and your expert guides will safely led you to down the river, where you’ll really develop your canoe journey skills.

Finishing in Inverness our return transport will take you to your accommodation or departing transport.

Travel or additional time in highlands. 

Various options such as flights from Inverness, Trains to Edinburgh or London are available depending on where you are travelling too. We can advise your best options when you book, potentially you may need to book another nights accommodation in Inverness at the end of your trip.

You could also take our transport back to Aviemore where we are based, spend the night in the Cairngorms national park and even do a days activity with us there are your canoe trip.

Included in price

  • Expert BCU/SCA qualified guides.
  • Return transport to joining points.
  • Joining point Inverness Or Aviemore.
  • All kayak or canoe gear.
  • All meals.
  • All camping gear required except your sleeping gear.

Not included in trip

  • Flights or travel to joining point of Inverness, Scotland.
  • Bring your own sleeping bag and camp matt. We can arrange purchase of those items for you for collection at the start of the trip but cannot hire them.
  • Hotel , hostel or guest house accommodation night prior or after trip.
  • Alcoholic drinks.

“Having now got sorted at home we must thank you and especially Mark for a wonderful week paddling the Great Glen.  You even organised the weather for us!!

The trip was as you say “full on”, at times a challenge with the wind but also through such magnificent scenery. Mark’s knowledge and guidance is second to none.  Please thank him for his patience and his great sense of humour especially when our canoe did not go quite where we intended.

A big thank you for supplying the food and tents and the stoves were fantastic, the fastest boil time we have come across (must have a word with Father Christmas). ”

Sue and Les Price, June 2012