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Canoe Camping in Scotland


Dates & Requirements

We welcome all abilities, however, you need to have some experience of paddling a canoe. Feel free to contact us to discuss further as we can help bring your skills up to speed.

If you are not able to book this trip then it is at full capacity. Please do contact us if you would like to be added to the waiting list or have  group of friends, family or workmates that you wish to book on and we can look at booking a bespoke trip for your group.

Dates for 2024 to be confirmed.

Trip Description

One of the most iconic trips in the paddling world!

Our adventure begins at Banavie by Fort William with a paddle along the Caledonian Canal, with sections on Lochs featuring moving water on the River Ness, taking us into Inverness to our finish point.

The aim of this trip is traditional canoeing journeying taking each day at a steady pace.

Evenings see us relax around the campfire with home cooking and the odd wee dram under the starry sky. This is a 5-day trip, allowing time to enjoy the beautiful views.

  • Transportation during the trip
  • Breakfast and evening meals (you’ll have plenty of opportunities to stock up on snacks and lunches throughout the week)
  • Expert tuition from professional experienced guides
  • Hire of drysuits is available for the week on a first come first served basis
  • Canoes, BA’s, Cags, Trousers, Helmets, Drybags, Paddles, Maps, Tents and safety equipment
What you will need to bring
  • Sleeping Bag & Roll Mat
  • Cutlery, Cup, Bowl, Knife & Fork
  • Personal Kit
  • A Sense of Humour!
  • lunch for each day, you can restock at Fort Augustus on Day 3(wraps and snacks are a winner)

Trip Itinerary

Day 1
Collect you from Inverness at 9 am and drive to Banavie. After sorting out your kit, we will take to the water and head to Clune on Loch Lochy.
Accommodation – Camping
Day 2
From Clunes, we shall head towards Leiterfern to camp for the evening.
Accommodation – Camping
Day 3
Once we arrive in Fort Augustus, we shall have time for a tea break and then continue on towards our campsite for the evening.
Accommodation – Camping
Day 4
From the campsite, we shall paddle to the end of Loch Ness and visit Dores for a well-earned drink and pub dinner.
Accommodation – Camping
Day 5
From Dores, we shall head to the River Ness and then paddle down to our finish point in Inverness.

Note: Itinerary subject to change at any time if deemed necessary by Canoe Trail


Ashley Kenlock

Ash has led expeditions in Canada in Ontario and Manitoba and has over 10 years of paddling experience.

She is a qualified Level 2 coach UKCC and is also a qualified SUP coach. She has also an experienced canoe leader and expedition leader.

Experience includes leading trips on iconic rivers and Lochs including Loch Ness, River Wye, Norfolk Broads, and numerous Scottish Rivers. She has led many overseas expeditions in Canada including Manitoba, Algonquin Park and Temagami wilderness areas.

Calum Steel

Calum is a White Water Kayak Leader, Canoe Leader, Expedition Leader with 16 Years of Experience in the Outdoors.

He has paddled white water all over the world, BASI Level 3 Ski & Snowboard. Scottish born and bred, he has led many canoe and kayak expeditions across Scotland. Calum is an advanced canoe leader, kayak leader and moderate water endorsed coach as well as British Canoeing tutor for safety courses.

Richard Harpham

Richard has completed over 12,00 miles of human-powered adventures all over the world including sea kayaking the channel, 1000 miles from Vancouver to Alaska, canoeing the Yukon River as well as many iconic trips and expeditions closer to home.

Richard has over 30 years experience of in paddling and is a UKCC Level 2 coach, advanced canoe leader, sea kayak leader, moderate water coach, British canoeing tutor for instructor and leadership courses and an endorsed guide / trainer.


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