The Trail

The Caledonian Canal has brought life to the Great Glen. By opening up the waterway a whole range of industries became possible.  The Great Glen Ways offers the outdoor enthusiast three ways to cross the country coast to coast - by boot... by bike... by boat!

The Great Glen Canoe Trail is yet another example of what adventures await outdoor enthusiasts. With the number of paddlers taking on the Great Glen by boat (canoe and sea kayak), the trail required to be formalised to forward plan and manage both current and future usage.

Approx 4,000 paddlers took on Scotland's first formal Canoe Trail in 2010 and that figure will surely rise with the new infrastructure complete.

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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