Canoeing, Kayaking and Paddle Boarding

Paddle Sports

Getting out on the water is a magical way to enjoy the Scottish Highlands. There are plenty of outdoor adventure companies based near Inverness that run paddle sports activities. Such as paddle boarding, canoeing and kayaking. This can be an exhilarating experience, where you’ll get close to nature, and enjoy the fun and fresh air.

Paddle sports and adventures near Inverness

Local companies Explore Highland and In Your Element offer a range of services and activities, including canoeing, kayaking and paddle boarding near Inverness and Loch Ness. Such as boat and board hire, short sessions, half-day and full-day experiences.

Sail the canals and rivers of the Scottish Highlands by canoe or kayak. Whether you’re looking for a gentle paddle or an adrenaline-filled adventure, this is a fun activity for all levels of ability. From beginner to advanced, everyone can have a go. Age restrictions apply, usually starting from around 5 years and up.

Or, why not try stand-up paddle boarding? For use in sheltered water locations such as lochs and canals, you can lie, kneel or stand on your board and gently paddle along the coastline. This is suitable for adults and older children, and age restrictions will apply.

The Great Glen Canoe Trail

The Great Glen Canoe Trail was Scotland’s first formal canoe and kayak trail, which was launched in 2012. It is one of Scotland’s Great Trails. It runs along the Great Glen, a long narrow valley which stretches across Scotland, from Inverness to Fort William.

The 96 km route takes between 3 and 5 days to complete in full and includes a series of 29 locks. It takes in spectacular Highland landscapes and there is so much to see and do along the way. Visit historic sites, castle ruins, picturesque villages, shops, bars and restaurants.

Experienced paddlers may plan a self-guided trip, but you must register online first. There are also guided tours available, from one-day to multi-day trips.

Get out on the water

Enjoy paddle sports activities on the water during your stay with us at the Kingsmills Hotel in Inverness. Give us a call on +44 (0) 1463 257 100 or get in touch below for more information on things to do in Inverness.

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