Scottish canoe challenge

The Challenge

This five-day challenge includes over 100km (60 miles) of paddling through stunning Scottish scenery, from Fort William in the west, to Inverness in the east. The Loch Ness Canoe Trail includes 22 miles of the man-made Caledonian Canal, linking Loch Lochy, Loch Oich and Loch Ness, creating a route which stretches the entire width of Scotland. You'll be travelling through some of the country's most dramatic landscape, wild camping on the shores each night and able to enjoy the unspoilt countryside in its full glory. Your expert guides will help you develop your paddling skills and show you how to sail rafted canoes. No previous canoeing experience is required, although it would be helpful.


Day 1 (Wednesday 6th September 2017): Fort William to Loch Lochy
Arrive at our meeting place and transfer to the launch point for our canoe challenge. We will paddle along the canal to Gairlochy where we leave the canoes and portage (carry the boats across land to the next section of water) to Loch Lochy where we continue for another 17km to arrive halfway down Loch Lochy at Clunes Bay for camp this evening. Total distance: 25km paddle. Overnight: Camping

Day 2 (Thursday 7th September 2017) Loch Lochy to Loch Oich
Leaving Clunes Bay we paddle to Laggan where we will do another portage. We continue along a small canal section into Loch Oich and camp halfway down the Loch. Total distance: 15km paddle. Overnight: Camping

Day 3 (Friday 8th September 2017) Loch Oich - Loch Ness
We start half way down Loch Oich then have a long portage into Fort Augustus. Arriving in Fort Augustus we get our first glimpse of the vast and beautiful Loch Ness. Here we will build a ‘raft' with our canoes and sail for the rest of the day, half way down Loch Ness. Sailing on canoe is a fast, effective and also social way to navigate the waters! Total distance: 20-25km paddle/sail. Overnight: Camping

Day 4 (Saturday 9th September 2017) Loch Ness
After breakfast this morning we enjoy more sailing until we reach the end of Loch Ness at Dores Bay. Total distance: 25-30km sail/paddle. Overnight: Camping

Day 5 (Sunday 10th September 2017) Loch Ness - Inverness
Today we set off on the canal route which will lead us to the Muirtown Basin at Inverness mid-afternoon, and marks the end of our canoe adventure. We then transfer back to Fort William and say our farewells. Total distance: 15km paddle

N.B. Accommodation can be booked in Fort William for you at the start or end of the challenge if required, subject to an additional payment. This itinerary may change due to unusual weather patterns, the ability of the group and so on. We will do our best to keep to the set itinerary however we cannot be held responsible for changes that might occur outside of our control. In all such circumstances your local guide and tour leader will have the final say in the interest of the health and safety of the group.

What is included
  • All materials for shelter building
  • Food and water
  • Instructors
  • Different Travel tour manager
  • Backup equipment
What is not included
  • Spending money
  • Transport to/from Ashclyst Forest
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Travel insurance
  • Personal equipment
Trip Dates

6th - 10th September 2017

Tour Price

£190 plus £1500 sponsorship for the MS Trust

Trip Difficulty

Moderate to challenging

This trip is graded as Moderate to challenging


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