Guided Trips

The businesses displayed here all offer guided trips on the Great Glen Canoe Trail. They have paid to advertise with us and you'll find them listed here.

 Scheduled guided trips from these providers are listed on the 'Whats on' page. Bespoke guided trips can also be arranged by contacting the providers directly.

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In Your Element

Email:   Tel: 0333 600 6008


In Your Element are an adventurous outdoor activity company based in the Highlands. We offer fun days out & weekends, adventure holidays and family activities throughout Scotland, all year round.  We offer a wide variety of activities and canoeing is at the heart of our business.

 Canoe Guiding:

From a few hours canoeing on the awesome Loch Ness, to a 5-day Great Glen Canoe Trail adventure from Fort William to Inverness, we have something to offer everyone.

 We offer guided days out and multi-day adventures by canoe or kayak on the Great Glen Canoe Trail.  Our local, experienced guides will be on hand to offer tips and advice, share their local knowledge and keep a watchful eye on your group. 

 What makes a guided adventure with us special?

      • Amazing Highland scenery as we journey along a major geological fault line.
      • The sense of achievement in crossing Scotland from coast to coast under your own power on our multi-day canoe expeditions.
      • Experience up close the engineering marvel of Thomas Telford’s Caledonian Canal.
      • The fantastic local knowledge of your guide.
      • An opportunity to improve your existing paddling skills and learn some new ones.
      • Great food, including 3-course dinners with wine prepared by your guide each evening of our guided adventures.
      • Paddle the length of Loch Ness and find out the truth about the Loch Ness monster!

We offer trips in Canadian Canoes and kayaks and provide all the safety equipment that you will require.  We can also provide camping equipment should you need it and transport when booking on expeditions.

The Great Glen Canoe Trail

 If you prefer the idea of a self-guided trip we also offer an extensive range of hire services including paddling equipment, expedition outfitting and a flexible shuttle service for hire customers.


 Explore Highland

Email:              Tel: 01463 715929

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At Explore Highland, we offer a truly bespoke adventure holiday experience. Donald Macpherson, owner and lead guide worked as the Project Officer who set up Scotland’s first formal Canoe Trail with Scottish Canals and knows the trail inside out!

Our all-inclusive guided Canoe Trail adventure holidays, when not lead by Donald, are led by top local guides who also know the Caledonian Canal extremely well. Whilst ensuring your safety throughout your adventure, Explore Highland will help coach you through the Canoe Trail where necessary, support your learning experience with local information and entertain you with folk lore around the camp fire! We take great pride in ensuring your holiday is full of Highland hospitality.

As part of our all-inclusive guided adventures, we can supply all paddling equipment, camping equipment (except sleeping bags), all meals, guiding and transportation from Inverness to the start of the Canoe Trail at Banavie, Fort William. For the more adventurous, we can take along a hammock so you can sleep under the stars.

Throughout the year we run a number of planned, guided adventure holidays through the Great Glen which are advertised on our website diary page, however we are also able to offer bespoke guiding services for small or large groups looking for extra safety and security with a local competent guide present.

Please contact us for further information.

If you would like to advertise your business here, please email us for more details

(Inclusion in this list does not constitute a recommendation by the Great Glen Canoe Trail Partnership)

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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