Inverness and Loch Ness are known around the world for amazing scenery, beautiful landscapes and the many ways visitors and locals alike can enjoy the great outdoors on foot, by bike and on the water, of course! So when it comes to kayaking holidays in Scotland, there are a large number of lochs and rivers in our area that are suitable for everything from gentle canoeing to white water rafting.
Fancy A Paddle? Go Kayaking In The Scottish Highlands
Kayaking and canoeing have become more and more popular in recent years and many visitors bring their own kayaks or hire them locally. You don’t have to be an expert to give it a go, several companies offer kayak and canoe hire and lessons for beginners. Whether you’re venturing out on your own or want to book a guided tour with a qualified instructor, here are a few places we can recommend for an amazing kayaking or canoeing experience in and around Loch Ness and Inverness.
Driving from Inverness towards Loch Ness and Drumnadrochit, you might think that the loch coming into view on your left hand side as you leave Inverness is Loch Ness – but this body of water is actually the smaller Loch Dochfour. Loch Dochfour is perfect for kayaking as you can easily get into the water at Dochgarroch Locks and then make your way to Loch Dochfour to explore. This Loch is more sheltered than its famous neighbour (not to mention monster free) and is suitable for beginners – you can explore the wooden wrecks of old trawlers close to the banks on the far side!
The Caledonian Canal is another good place for beginners to test their kayaking and canoeing skills. The Canal runs all the way from Clachnaharry in Inverness to Fort William, so there are many miles of waterway to explore – making it perfect for kayaking holidays in Scotland. Just watch out for the boats that use the Canal on a regular basis, especially in the summer!
River Beauly and Aigas Gorge
The River Beauly at Aigas Gorge is popular with kayakers and canoeists as it offers sheltered waters and breath-taking Highland scenery. Why not book one of the guided tours offered by local experts at Explore Highland and In Your Element to make the most of your trip?
Our list of kayaking and canoeing spots wouldn’t be complete without Loch Ness, of course! A great spot to explore is Loch Ness’ only island – Cherry Island in beautiful Inchnacardoch Bay! Loch Ness is a huge body of water, and at 22 miles long conditions can become quite rough on a windy day. So we recommend you book an organised paddle with a local company unless you are experienced kayaker.
With so many wonderful lochs to explore and amazing Highland scenery every which way you look, what’s not to love about a kayaking holiday in Scotland? Plan the ultimate kayaking outdoor adventure with Visit Inverness Loch Ness, and experience the might and majesty of Loch Ness and Inverness for yourself.