Canoe the Highlands

Cutting clean through Scotland’s Great Glen, from Inverness to Fort William, the Caledonian Canal is one of the great waterways of the world, offering visitors spectacular scenery and many exciting opportunities to experience this unique waterway.

The mountain scenery of the Scottish Highlands may be a surprising setting for a canal, but the Great Glen is an ancient fault line through which the Caledonian Canal runs almost directly from South West to North East. You could with tongue in cheek claim that north-west of the Caledonian Canal is an island!

We have two companies who provide Canoe hire and canoe safaris. Book with Explore Highland and In Your Element.

Canoe Experiences

Canoe Hire & Guided Trips

Paddle on up to Inverness. Simply book your canoe & sea kayak hire here and pick from a range of activities, including guided Canoe Trail Adventures with In Your Element or Explore Highland.

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Canoe Safari's & Activities

Looking for something a little bit different? Take yourself to the water in style. Why not book yourself in for a Canoe Safariand explore the Bay of Sunken Boats. That and so, so much more…

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More Information

Everything you need to know for paddling in the Highlands. The Great Glen Canoe Trail is a superb example of what adventures await outdoor enthusiasts in Inverness and Loch Ness.

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Paddle The Great Glen Way

Canoe Scotland

Explore Inverness and Loch Ness by water, surrounded by the natural beauty of our Scottish waters.

The Canoe Trail

The Great Glen Canoe trail is 60 miles long through the Highland Great Glen and the entire length of Loch Ness. Paddle through some of the most dramatic and inspiring sceneries in the whole of Scotland from Fort William in the west to Inverness in the east. Generally, it takes 3 to 5 days to canoe the trail depending on a number of factors like fitness, type of craft and group size.

The canoe trail allows you to paddle from coast to coast through the natural lochs – Loch Lochy, Loch Oich, Loch Ness and Loch Dochfour all connected by the 22 miles of man-made Caledonian Canal, linking each of the lochs.

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Paddling Scotland

Be At One with Nature

Paddle 60 miles in a canoe or sea kayak and take in the secrets of our Scottish Canoe Trail.

The Caledonian Canal

The Caledonian Canal, 60 miles in total (with 22 miles being man-made) and 18 years in the making was one of the engineering marvels of the age when construction was completed in 1822. Today it is still used by large commercial boats but mostly it is leisure and tourist boats using the canal.

You are advised to register if you plan complete the Great Glen Canoe Trail, you can register with Scottish Canals. See why on the official site.

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