The Caledonian Canal has fantastic facilities for visitors who take to the water as well as those who use the towpaths for walking, cycling and horse riding.

Access to the canal itself is free of charge for paddlers under the Scottish Outdoor Access Code (excluding the lock chambers), however there are charges for some of the canal facilities.

To find out more on which facilities are free of charge and which ones are payable, please read here.

Trail Map

Trail Guide Map

map of scotland showing the trail

60 miles in 5 days

It is an epic 60 mile (95km) journey crossing Scotland in 5 days and conquering the formidable open waters of Loch Lochy and Loch Ness, a challenge in itself.

From South to North

It is normally easier to paddle the Trail from Fort William in the west to Inverness in the east with the prevailing wind behind you.

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