Glas Dhoire shelter and fire pit

Trailblazer Rest Sites

Paddlers, walkers and cyclists making their human-powered Great Glen journey can now take advantage of 5 Trailblazer Rest sites which have been installed in the following locations:

Loch Lochy    Glas Dhoire  On the shoreline next to the Great Glen Way    Grid ref: NN254 933 opensided shelter, fire pit with log seating, x2 composting toilets, space for wild camping at shore and under trees (max 8 tents)
Loch Oich Leiterfearn  On the shoreline next to the Great Glen Way Grid ref: NH327 013 fire pits with log seating, x2 composting toilets, space for wild camping on grassy area near shoreline (max 8 tents)
Kytra   Kytra Lock On the banks of the canal next to the Great Glen Way      Grid ref: NH353 067 fire pit, space for wild camping under trees (max 3 tents)
Loch Ness Knockie On the hillside high above the shoreline Grid ref: NH436 139 canoe rack, cleared area for wild camping
Loch Ness  Foyers  ** On the hillside above the shoreline  Grid ref: NH492 209 space for wild camping under trees and at shoreline (max 4 tents)

Access to the composting toilets at the Trailblazer Rest sites is by key available for rent during your visit for a charge of £10 per person (under 12s free) from the Corpach Sea Lock office, Fort William. Canal and Sea Lock opening hours are available here. They are also available from the Canal Office at Seaport Marina in Inverness. All income from key rental goes straight back into the servicing and maintenance of the composting toilets and Trailblazer Rest sites.  The £10 charge also gives access to all the Caledonian Canal facility blocks.

Limited wild camping

Wayfarers should be aware that the Trailblazer Rest sites haven't been designed as full-service campsites - they are small waterside sites suitable for individuals or small groups with 1 or 2 man tents, and staying for single nights only. Larger groups or those wishing to camp for more than 1 night should book into one of the Glen's commercial campsites instead.   As space at the Trailblazer Rest sites is limited Wayfarers should have a 'Plan B' option for each of their overnight stops in case their preferred spot is full when they arrive.  ** A brand new commercial campsite opened at Foyers in July 2013.

Leave No Trace

We ask users to respect the beautiful natural environment of the Great Glen by leaving no trace of their visits to the Trailblazer Rest sites. Please pick up and pack out your litter (and anyone else's too please!) until it can be disposed of appropriately.  Trailblazers not wishing to pay for access to the composting toilets should take every care to follow guidelines on reducing 'poo-llution'

Thank You

The Great Glen Canoe Trail partnership would like to acknowledge the generous support of the following activity companies who are helping us to service and care for the Trailblazer Rest sites.




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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