Portage Distances (when travelling West to East)

99% of paddlers following the Canoe Trail are content to start at the top of Neptune's Staircase at Banavie and finish at the top of Muirtown Lock Flight in Inverness. This avoids long portages crossing major roads and rail lines at both ends of the canal.

However, for those paddlers who wish to have their pictures taken beside the start and finish Great Glen Way monoliths at Corpach and Clachnaharry Sea Locks, it is a very easy walk from Banavie or Muirtown.

(When passing through Gairlochy outside lock keeper hours (0900-1700 April to September), the lower lock gates are closed overnight and a longer portage route is required from Gairlochy Lower).

West District
Loch Linnhe (Corpach) to Corpach Upper 500m
Banavie Lower to Banavie Upper 650m
Gairlochy Middle to Gairlochy Upper 350m
Gairlochy Lower to Gairlochy Upper 650m
Middle District
Laggan Bay to Laggan Upper 250m
Cullochy Upper to Cullochy Lower 200m
Kytra Upper to Kytra Lower 200m
Fort Augustus Upper to Oich Pier 750m
East District
Dochgarroch Upper to Dochgarroch Lower 175m
Tomnachurich Upper to Tomnahurich Lower 250m
Muirtown Upper to Caley Inn Car Park 350m
Muirtown  to Seaport Marina 600m
Clachnaharry Works to Beauly Firth (Clachnaharry)


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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