Paddling the Caledonian Canal

The Great Glen is a spectacular 60 mile journey coast to coast across Scotland between Fort William and Inverness. The three great lochs (Loch Lochy, Loch Oich and the vast Loch Ness) are connected by the Caledonian Canal and by rivers (the river Lochy, the river Oich and the river Ness, all of which can be paddled).

This magnificent expedition is typically done over 5 days, wild camping on the banks of the lochs each night. One aspect that makes this journey unique is the opportunity to enjoy a wide range of canoeing experiences along the way – paddling tranquil waterways, paddling the large open water of the lochs, canoe sailing along the lochs and white water paddling down the rivers. We aim to travel with the wind behind us to allow for sailing (this is usually Fort William to Inverness, but if the forecast winds are blowing the other way we can do the whole journey in reverse).

A multiday expedition is a great way to develop and perfect your canoeing, with coaching from your instructor across the different water environments, and the opportunity for beginners to achieve their British Canoeing Explore Award if desired.

We will provide:

Canoes and all necessary paddling equipment. A drum or drybag to keep your kit safe. We also provide a tent for the night and food for the evening meal and breakfast, as well as a friendly qualified instructor. In addition we will shuttle drivers between your car and the finish point.

You need to bring:

A change of clothes, sleeping bag and mat.


Contact us to arrange your adventure now.