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5-Day Great Glen Canoe Expedition from Inverness

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    What to Expect
    Travel under the watchful eye of a local guide and will camp along the way. You'll get the opportunity to learn new canoe skills or consolidate what you already know. With stunning scenery, myths and legends and lots of fresh Highland air, this is an expedition not to be missed.
    Typical itinerary
    Day 1 - Fort William to Gairlochy
    Start with everyone meeting up and being transported to the start point at Banavie, Fort William. After packing up and a short briefing session and everyone is happy with steering a fully laden canoe we will paddle around 10km towards Gairlochy to find a remote campsite to enjoy our first night well away from the bustle of Fort William.
    Day 2 - Gairlochy to Loch Oich
    Much of the day is spent paddling the length of Loch Lochy (who came up with that name!). Hopefully the prevailing south-westerly wind is blowing and we can rig an improvised sail to speed us along. At the head of the loch we pass through Laggan Locks then paddle a two mile section of canal which takes us into the magical Loch Oich, home for the night.
    Day 3 - Loch Oich to Alltsigh
    The River Oich runs side by side with the canal from here along to Fort Augustus, so we make the most of having a current to help us along for a while. With a lunch stop in the lovely Fort Augustus you get the chance to visit a few shops for the first time on the trip and also to visit the Caledonian Canal Museum. On leaving the village we face the daunting prospect of tackling the 36km of Loch Ness.
    Day 4 - Alltsigh to Dores
    A full-day on Loch Ness today. In normal conditions this is a lovely leisurely paddle and we may well have time to land at the dramatic Urqhuart Castle for photo opportunities, and a visit to the excellent Historic Scotland visitor center. In the evening we finally reach the head of the loch and find a campsite nearby. Looking back down the full length of Loch Ness, stunning sunsets are common.
    Day 5 - Dores to Inverness
    The hustle and bustle of the city looms ever closer this morning as we leave Loch Ness behind, travel through the picturesque little Loch Dochfour, negotiate the last canal lock of the journey at Dochgarroch then paddle through rolling farmland and into Inverness.
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    Reviewed 4 weeks ago

    From the moment we were picked up in Inverness, Mike, our guide was the perfect host, he was knowledgeable, organised, relaxed and a pleasure to spend the 5 days with. Nothing was too much trouble and the meals were beyond any expectation for wild camping...More

    Date of experience: July 2019
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    inyourelement, Manager at In Your Element Scotland, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

    Thank you for your lovely review, we really enjoyed sharing the beautiful Great Glen experience with you.

    Reviewed June 17, 2019

    My spouse and I did the 5-day, 4-night Great Glen Canoe Trail trip. Our guides, Mike and Rich, were very organized and took care of most of the equipment and meal needs, and we supplied our own sleeping bags, clothing, and rain gear (though the...More

    Date of experience: May 2019
    1  Thank Meredith L
    inyourelement, Manager at In Your Element Scotland, responded to this reviewResponded June 18, 2019

    Hi Meredith, many thanks for the great review and so glad to hear you enjoyed the experience. It's such a great trip, even with a little bit of rain now and then! Thanks again. Calum

    Reviewed September 23, 2018

    Dave, our guide, was absolutely brilliant, ever cheerful and took very good care of us in some of the worst weather I've ever experienced. Overall it was a fantastic trip, well organised, felt encouraged and safe all the way. Our group, nicknamed "Team Extreme" bonded...More

    Date of experience: September 2018
    1  Thank Bryony L
    Calum R, Manager at In Your Element Scotland, responded to this reviewResponded October 24, 2018

    Hi Bryony, after what the weather threw at you that particular week, the 'Team Extreme' name fits well. Despite the weather it was great to hear how the group bonded and still managed to have a great time. Many thanks again. Calum.

    Reviewed September 4, 2018

    From the start where Mike and Jenny met us at the pickup point to the end where we left with memories and a few new friends, the experience was one I will never forget. Organisation and equipment provided was second to none. The paddling was...More

    Date of experience: September 2018
    1  Thank Shamir67
    Calum R, Manager at In Your Element Scotland, responded to this reviewResponded October 24, 2018

    Many thanks for the lovely review Shamir, great to hear you had such a good time with the rest of the guys. We look forward to seeing you again soon. Thanks, Calum.

    Reviewed September 3, 2018

    I booked on as a solo traveler wanting to get back outside, learning new skills, and meet new people. This was one of the best experiences of my life. Learning to work as a team both in your own canoe or with the other canoes...More

    Date of experience: August 2018
    1  Thank Angela S
    Calum R, Manager at In Your Element Scotland, responded to this reviewResponded October 24, 2018

    Hi Angela, it's great to hear you got so much out of the canoe expedition. It's a great experience, even if the weather doesn't always behave itself. Many thanks for the awesome review and look forward to seeing you again in the future. Calum.

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