CANOE SCOTLAND STAYCATION

Overview

Discover Scotland's breathtaking scenery on this awesome canoe trip across Scotland, including the famous Loch Ness.

You don't need any canoe experience, just a moderate level of fitness, and together we'll explore the majestic 60 mile Caledonian Canal. Over the course of 5 days we paddle through the spectacular Great Glen, surrounded by nature and taking in beautiful canals and lochs. We set up camp by the waterside along the way, with access to toilets, washing facilities and warm showers each night. The trip is capped off with a huge sense of achievement; knowing you travelled right across a country in a canoe.

We can provide camping equipment (hire or buy) and have an event to help your confidence if you're nervous about or new to camping.

What's included?

  • Adventure Breaks host and guide.

  • All canoeing equipment (canoe, paddles, buoyancy aid, canoe trolley).

  • A waterproof barrel each to keep personal gear dry.  

  • Camping and canal facility fees (includes access to toilets and showers).

  • Transportation from Inverness (end) to Fort William (start).

  • Adventure Breaks' pre-event information pack for the event.

  • New friends; skills, experiences and a sense of achievement!

When is it?

AVAILABLE: Monday 17th May 2021 (12.30pm) to Friday 21st May 2021 (12.30pm) (Click here to book).

SOLD OUT: Monday 5th July 2021 (12.30pm) to Friday 9th July 2021 (12.30pm) (SOLD OUT).

NEW RELEASE: Monday 12th July 2021 (12.30pm) to Friday 16th July 2021 (12.30pm) (Click here to book).

SOLD OUT:: Monday 30th August 2021 (12.30pm) to Friday 3rd September 2021 (12.30pm) (SOLD OUT).

Where is it?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We start at Neptune's Staircase, Banavie (near Fort William). We meet in the free car park, (postcode PH33 7PL). The event ends in Inverness. We are also happy to give guests a free lift from Inverness (end) to Neptune's Staircase (start) before or after the event.

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Tickets are available here for £695 per person.

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Further information

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FURTHER INFORMATION

Itinerary

Day One (Monday)

Arrive at Neptune's Staircase, an impressive set of locks on the Caledonian Canal, for a meet and greet. All of our events are solo-friendly; most people book onto trips by themselves and come away with a great set of new friends.

We provide the canoes, equipment, safety gear, and show you techniques for paddling efficiently. Everyone's personal gear can is packed into waterproof barrels that we provide, which are then secured in the canoes. We paddle along the canal for around 5 miles, achievable in 2-3 hours of gentle paddling, before setting up our waterside camp. Warm showers, toilets and changing facilities available each evening. It's also a great chance for a chat and a drink as well as some star-gazing and reflection on the first day's adventures.

Day Two (Tuesday)

We paddle around 14 miles, taking us along the wonderfully named Loch Lochy, a canal section and then Loch Oich. Amongst other rest breaks, we take a stroll on a beach at Glas-dhoire and in the evening camp in Aberchalder. If the wind conditions allow over the next few days, we will use basic sails to help propel the canoes along.

Day Three (Wednesday)

We pass through the beautiful village of Fort Augustus; gateway to Loch Ness and a good spot for lunch. We then tackle the first half of Loch Ness, Scotland's second largest loch, as part of this 17 mile day. The long summer evenings provide great opportunity to chat to your fellow adventurers; these friendships are what it's all about!

Day Four (Thursday)

We complete our journey across Loch Ness, passing the ruins of Urquhart Castle on the way. We can relax after this 14 mile day knowing that we have almost paddled all the way from the West to the East of Scotland! A great opportunity to crack open your hipflask and have a wee dram of whisky.

Day Five (Friday)

We're on the home straight with a short 5 mile section of the Caledonian Canal. The event ends at lunchtime, and you can be proud of your new skills and accomplishments. We can give you a lift back to our start point at Neptune's Staircase to collect your car (approx 1hr 40 mins), or you are welcome to make your way home from Inverness.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Transport/Getting there
We meet at Neptune's Staircase, Banavie (near Fort William) and finish in Inverness.

We are happy to give guests a lift from Inverness (end) to Neptune's Staircase (start) before or after the event.

Driving – If you are driving, the free car park postcode to follow is PH33 7PL.

Public Transport - Trains and a good coach service connect both Fort William and Inverness to Glasgow and Edinburgh and take around 3 hours. 

Glasgow (West Coast Line) and Edinburgh (East Coast Line) have trains to most major cities in England including London (4.5 hours), Birmingham (4 hours), Manchester (3.25 hours) and Leeds (3 hours).


Food and Drink

You will be able to buy food and drink at several points along the way but you will need to bring some basic food supplies with you. We will send more details and suggestions to you prior to the event.

Frequently Asked Questions
Coronavirus - We expect to be able to operate these event as planned. However, if restrictions mean it is not practical to proceed with an event, you will be able to reschedule for the same event on a different date or an alternative Adventure Break weekend. 

Solo-friendly - The majority of our guests attend by themselves and we will make you feel welcome. This staycation is a great way to make new friends, and an Adventure Breaks host will meet you when you arrive, introduce you to other guests and ensure that everyone is enjoying themselves throughout the event.

Equipment - Canoes and all canoe-related gear are provided. You will need camping equipment for this trip, most people will bring their own but you can also email us if you would like to hire or buy camping gear. You will need to bring sensible outdoor clothing - we will give you more information on this before the event but broadly it includes waterproofs and some warm clothing.

Experience - You do not need prior canoeing or paddling experience. It is recommended that you build up to a moderate level of fitness before the event - walking is a great way to do this, or other forms of exercise such as cycling. Some experience of camping is recommended - check out our Camping for Beginners events.

Weather - Don't let the weather put you off; the average July rainfall is 53mm in Inverness, only slightly more than 50mm in London [Source: Met Office]. Maximum temperatures are around 19 degrees Celsius, and the summer days are longer than they are further south.  

Join the Adventure

AVAILABLE: Monday 17th May 2021 (12.30pm) to Friday 21st May 2021 (12.30pm) (Click here to book).

SOLD OUT: Monday 5th July 2021 (12.30pm) to Friday 9th July 2021 (12.30pm) (SOLD OUT).

NEW RELEASE: Monday 12th July 2021 (12.30pm) to Friday 16th July 2021 (12.30pm) (Click here to book).

SOLD OUT:: Monday 30th August 2021 (12.30pm) to Friday 3rd September 2021 (12.30pm) (SOLD OUT).

Or to set up a monthly payment plan, click Fund your Adventure.​

May 17, 12:30 PM
Neptune's Staircase,
Banavie, Fort William PH33 7NG, UK
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