The Caledonian Canal is managed by Scottish Canals. The canal is both a busy waterway for recreational users as well as a route for commercial boat traffic. So that paddlers can be given the latest safety information and updates about events, maintenance works or other things that might affect their visit, Scottish Canals request that all paddlers register online before they 'hit the water'.
Why should you Register?
There are many benefits to registering your visit:
- Support in planning your adventure
- Receive important safety information about paddling on the canal, lochs and rivers
- Notified of any access issues and commercial operations
- Find out where to get your copy of our FREE waterproof Trail Guide Map
- Access to the Great Glen Canoe Trail pontoons and orientation panels
- Access to other Canoe Trail infrastructure including changing areas, canoe racks and Trailblazer Rest sites (payable)
- Access Caledonian Canal facilities en route including, toilets, parking facilities and informal camping (payable)
- Help support the Canoe Trail receive external funding by registering user numbers
Registration for use of the canal is normally for a maximum 10 day period. Local paddlers wishing to use the canal regularly can make an annual registration by calling the Caledonian Canal office on 01463 725500.
You can register online through the Scottish Canals website. Apply here! Please allow at least 5 working days for your registration form and information pack to be emailed back to you.
Are you Planning to to Hold a Paddle Event?
- Your group include 10 or more canoes / kayaks / row boats at one time?
- Your group predominantly include under 18s?
- Your group look to attract publicity / sponsorship?
If yes, you should also complete an Application to Hold Paddle Event form and return it to Scottish Canals.
In order to make sure your plans are suitable for your chosen location, it will be helpful to follow this timescale.
- At least three months prior to your event – send us a completed event form
- At least six weeks before your event – send a copy of your risk assessment and proof of appropriate insurance cover
- Before your event – receive, sign and return a letter of indemnity