We have called time for another Autumn paddling season in Scotland running our best of Scotland and Great Glen canoe expedition.

Scotland never fails to deliver and left all of us feeling replete with joy from so many incredible views, sunsets, and reflections. There were definite thrills and spills with capsizes on rapids to mirror calm conditions on Loch Tay to blowing an absolute gale on Loch Ness. And so many stunning rainbows providing picture-postcard images and a little bit of liquid sunshine.

There was a fantastic “can do” attitude amongst our customers ranging in age from mid-thirties to “not their first rodeo” who enjoyed wild camping, campfire TV, culinary delights, and plenty of excitement. The bits you can’t predict include Royal Air Force flybys, a white stag on a loch island, Smor’s falling into the fire, and an epic gorge walk including waterfalls galore. Our usual tradition of swimming in the loch was not absent although a trifle chilly – various team members swam in different locations with the odd gasp and ode to the Gods of cold water!!

Moving kit on the Great Glen canoe trip

Our group included regular customers who had shared time with us on our Yukon Canoe Expedition as well as those who book regular coaching sessions in canoe and kayak. Perhaps a fond word for James and Jill, mother and son combo who embarked on this trip having never paddled before. Every day we were treated to their jokes, laughs, and smiles. Well done folks. For us, the camaraderie with the team is always our fondest memories swapping stories and anecdotes around the campfire aka caveman or cavewomen TV!

There was of course some ‘water of life’ flowing as whiskey and canoeing go together like strawberries and cream. As foodies, we are always keen to share different campfire recipes and some of the favourite meals this time included;

  • Free-range chorizo and 3 bean stew
  • Thai Sweet Potato stew with crusty bread
  • Black and blue free-range burgers from our local farm shop

For each of us we took something different from a week away from digital devices and the frantic pace of modern life, put simply it replenished the soul and left us in a state of calm.

Find out more about our next Great Glen Canoe Trip

We have run two trips with different customers and staff, our Great Glen Canoe Trail exped where we paddled from Fort William to Inverness across Scotland, and our Best of Scotland based from Loch Tay where we paddled Loch Tay, River Teith, River Tay, and Loch Lomond. We practiced and coached a wide range of paddling skills with our customers including:

  • Breaking in and breaking out
  • Ferry gliding
  • Surfing waves
  • Rescues and swim lines
  • Poling
  • Sailing
  • Camp craft

The icing on the cake our customers informed us that they had booked after seeing us in the Times!!! We didn’t even know they had written about us. Fame beckons!

Find out more about our Best of Scotland trip here

Heading home was that perfect blend of looking forward to home comforts and the rest of our dogs through to sadness at leaving this stunning wilderness. 

Thank you, Scotland, and Good Night!

Our full range of Canoe and Kayak expeditions are available to book on our expeditions page here


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