Canoeing on Loch Ness

Inverness Loch Ness Locals: Why You Should Go Canoeing on Loch Ness

In the first of an occasional series written about Inverness Loch Ness by the people who know it best – the residents, workers and veteran visitors - Boots N Paddles activity guide Calum Rogerson explains the appeal of taking to the waters of our legendary loch under your paddle power!

Explore Loch Ness under your Own Paddle Power!

It’s probably the most famous expanse of water in Scotland, if not the UK, helped in no uncertain terms by its most famous resident; the one and only Loch Ness Monster. However, the appearance of Nessie’s friendly face at the bow of your canoe shouldn’t be the only reason for canoeing on Loch Ness!

Paddle the Length of Loch Ness

It is a big place to explore and although it can be placid and still, there are days when it’s more like being on the sea, with big, testing waves. Many people do paddle its length either as part of a journey along the Great Glen Canoe Trail from Fort William to Inverness, or perhaps as a charity challenge. However, you don’t need to tackle the 20+miles of Loch Ness to get a flavour of what it can offer.

An awesome way to experience Loch Ness is in a Canadian Canoe. These boats are large and stable, with at least 2 seats, so you can share the experience with your partner, friend, family member or someone else. If you’re not happy hiring equipment and doing your own thing, then you can book on scheduled canoe trips from Fort Augustus, guided by an experienced, local instructor.

Canoeing on Loch Ness Gives "Different Perspective"

With a totally different perspective from what you see from the main road as you drive along, or even from the shoreline, getting out on Loch Ness really gives you a sense of its grandeur and scale. Looking north from your canoe near the sheltered Fort Augustus end, you can hardly see the far reaches of the Loch at Dores.

What you also get is the chance to explore the Cherry Islands in Inchnacardoch Bay, see the historic Fort Augustus Abbey from the water and explore the Rivers Tarff and Oich as they flow into the Loch. It’s relaxing paddling around with only the noise of the paddles in the water and perhaps a bit of chatter, so your chance of seeing wildlife is better too.

Loch Ness Family Fun

Canoeing on Loch Ness is one of those experiences that you really should try and fit into your plans. Suitable for families with younger children, it offers an awesome, yet safe experience to non-paddlers, as well as those who have a bit more experience.

Calum Rogerson has worked for Boots N Paddles since 2009, and has been a life-long fan of outdoor adventures. A keen biker, paddler and hiker himself, he loves telling others about the amazing things to do in the Scottish Highlands. Boots N Paddles are a mobile outdoor adventure company offering amazing outdoor experiences across the Highlands, including canoe hire, guided canoe trips and holidays.