The Great Glen Canoe trail is a geological fault that stretches from Loch Linnhe in the West, to Inverness in the east and is over 200 million years old! It makes a great trip from west to east over 5 days, taking in fantastic views down the glen and spotting any wildlife along the way including Nessie! There are also options to paddle the River Oich and The River Ness if people feel up for a little more excitement.
Learn how to paddle the traditional style open canoe
Paddle across the length of the mighty Loch Ness
Options to paddle some exciting but easy white water
Sleep under canvas or B&B options available
Get to experience the wonders of Thomas Telfords extraordinary feat of engineering
Paddle from the west coast to the east coast of Scotland
Day 1Fort William - Glas-dhoire
Starting at Neptunes Staircase in Fort William, we have a check through the kit and get any cars moved. We then get on the canal and run through how to pack our boats and basic skills then we make our way up the canal to Gairlochy where we have a portage which we use trolleys for and get onto Loch Lochy then on to the campsite.
Day 2Glas-dhoire - Loch Oich
Waking up beside Loch Lochy we get some food and then make our way up the rest of Loch Lochy to South Laggan, we then make our way onto the canal and through to Loch Oich, the water shed of The Great Glen.
Day 3Loch Oich - Invermoriston
Today we head along Loch Oich and have the potential to paddle down the River Oich if levels are ok and we feel up to it with our new skills.
Finishing near Invermoriston, we can relax for the night with some food and drink at a local restaurant.
Day 4Invermoriston - Drumnadrochit
Loch Ness is spectacular in any weather conditions, so as we continue our canoe journey, we could potentially sail with the prevailing SW wind or gaze at reflections of the steep mountains in mirror calm water. Urquhart Castle guards the bay into which we plan to paddle for our last night’s camp.
Day 5Drumnadrochit - Inverness
The last day where we head out towards The North Sea, over the course of the day with the scenery changing from the mountains at the start to now the urban setting of Inverness where we finish our trip.
This adventure is perfect for individuals and small groups, and can be tailored for:
- Hen / Stag parties
- School groups
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