Day 1: Neptune Staircase to Loch Lochy

You'll meet the team at Neptunes Staircase in Fort William, where you'll start your canoeing adventure.

The calm waters of the Caledonian Canal offer a perfect opportunity to learn some of the basic skills, before heading out onto Loch Lochy. Arriving at your wild camp on the side of the Loch, you'll enjoy dinner around the fire and some star gazing.

Day 2: Loch Lochy and onto Loch Oich

Today you'll paddle along the shore of Loch Lochy, taking in the amazing views of the Highland backdrops. At Laggan Locks, you can visit the Eagle Barge for refreshments, before heading to your camp on the shores of Loch Oich.

Day 3: Loch Oich to Fort Augustus

After sunrise, the tranquil paddle along Loch Oich offers you opportunities to explore secluded shores and wooded bays. At the end of the Loch, you'll join the Caledonian Canal towards Fort Augustus, where you can enjoy some food and drink overlooking Loch Ness.

Day 4: Loch Ness

As you paddle onto Loch Ness, the views are simply spectacular. Straight away you'll feel very much in the thick of the Scottish highlands, with a backdrop of the mountains and the myth and legends of the Loch itself. Make sure you keep a watchful eye out for Nessie. Your camp this evening will be on the shores of Loch Ness around the campfire.

Day 5: Loch Ness to Inverness

The final day will see you leave Loch Ness and into the beautiful Loch Dochfour for a more relaxing paddle, then onto the canal to Inverness, where you will have paddled across Scotland.

We usually arrive in Inverness between 1-2pm. We then shuttle you back to Fort William, arriving around 5pm.

If you want to be dropped off in Inverness we can drop you off at the airport, train station or a hotel. If you are wanting to fly or catch a train that day, we suggest booking a departure after 6pm.


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(May 2023)

Excellent and enjoyable trip, guide were brilliant and very knowledgeable. Would defiantly recommend if your looking for an enjoyable challenge.


(May 2023)

Just had the best 5 days in safe hands on the adventure of a life time I. Stunning Scotland Sam and Jim our guides were extraordinarily supportive keeping us safe in a fun way during our entire adventure Thank you Skyhook I will book again soon


(May 2023)

The trip was brilliant, a very hard physical challenge but well worth the effort and what an accomplishment. Could not have asked for better weather with beautiful stunning views (even got to see a seal in Loch Ness). Sam & Jim our guides were always very professional & helpful at all times. Be prepared for hard work, midges & ticks


Not at all! If you book solo, you won't have to share a tent. If you book with someone else, and you would like your own tent, we can usually accomodate this too.

You don't need any paddling experience to enjoy this adventure - the guides are great at making it enjoyable for all abilities. You'll need a moderate level of fitness, as you'll paddle around 20km per day, which will involve about 6 hours on the water per day. You can expect plenty of rest stops along the way. At the lock gates, the group will have to carry canoes around the lock gates. This requires some effort but the group will work together to do this. We provide trolleys to maneuver the canoes and your drybag has rucksack straps. Most people have little to no canoe experience, and that's ok. You'll spend time learning the basic skills from your expert guide.

Day 1: Lunch, Dinner. Day 2: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Day 3: Breakfast and Dinner Day 4: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner. Day 5: Breakfast. On day 3 you will have some time to explore Fort Augustus. During this time you will be able to get your own lunch in a cafe, pub or buy fish and chips. On Day 5 there will be some lunch available, and the trip finishes at a cafe where you can buy your own refreshments. The guides also provide snacks throughout, that are high in energy. Typical food items include: Breakfast: porridge, Bacon or Sausage sandwich, tea, coffee or juice. Lunch: sandwiches or soup - lots of different fillings available. Along with fruit and snacks. Dinner: BBQ, stir fry, spaghetti bolognese, lemon chicken, risotto. On some trips there will be the opportunity to eat in a pub. If you want to do this, it will be at your own expense.

Included: - Guides - All technical equipment (canoe, paddles, drybags) - Cooking and camping equipment (tents, sleeping mat, stoves, crockery etc) - Food - Transfer back to Fort William (Covid restrictions depending) Excluded: - Sleeping bag - Personal spending money for drinks and snacks - Appropriate clothing (waterproof jacket, trousers and a warm coat). Also check the kit list for personal items to bring.

Unfortunately, dogs are not allowed on this trip.

You don't need to be able to swim as you will have a life jacket (buoyancy aid/ personal floatation device) on, but some level of water confidence is essential. Whilst unlikely, it is possible that your canoe could capsize, so you need to be happy spending sometime in the water, whilst your guide empties your canoe.

The total distance is 100km. Each day you will paddle for up to 6 hours at a moderate pace, with plenty of breaks along the way.

The guides on this trip believe that to give you a quality experience, you need to be comfortable. They work with a number of companies to ensure that the equipment available on the trips are not only fit for purpose but also the best quality. You’ll be provided with: - Tents (We won't make you share with strangers. If you have booked as a group, you may need to share, but we can usually accommodate needs.)*** - Self inflating 3cm sleeping mats. - Large Dry bags - All Safety equipment** You’ll need to bring: - Sleeping bag (3 season is best) - Waterproofs (Jacket and Trousers) - Outdoor clothing for wearing when your on the water x2 sets, sythetic walking, cycling, running is best with a thin fleece. Avoid heavy cotton. - Sun hat and warm hat. - Spare clothing for wearing in camp or if you have an out of boat experience. A warm jacket too. - Shoes for on the water (These will get wet) - Shoes for camp - Toiletries - Torch - Midge net and spray - Sun protection - Personal medication - Camera ** If you have your own safety equipment then that’s great. To use on any of the guides trips, the equipment must be CE marked, (ENISO12402) under 5 years old and be fit for use. *** Depending on Covid restrictions, you may need to stay in a tent on your own, or with somebody from inside your bubble.

There will be a maximum of 12 clients, with 2 people sharing a canoe.

There will be 4 nights of wild camping with no facilities. Depending on availability, you may have the opportunity to grab a shower on 2 of the days. If the weather is in our favour, we will camp on a campsite with facilities on night 3.

There are several designated "wild camping" locations along the way where you'll camp. At the lochs, there are toilet and shower facilities.

Yes you can leave any unneeded possessions in the guides shuttle bus, at your own risk. These items won't be available every day - just the beginning and the end of the trip.

Your Canoe will be 'Prospectors'. They are all made in the UK and can have 2 people in each one.

We recommend a minimum age of 18, or 14 if accompanied by a parent or guardian. Anyone under the age of 18 must share a canoe with their parent or guardian.

Start: You'll meet your guide at 10am in Banavie at Neptunes Staircase.

End: At the end of the trip the guides will transport you back to Fort William. If Covid restrictions apply, you'll be required to make your own way back to Fort William. There are various public transport options available.

The guides supply dry bags and barrels to keep everything nice and dry! Each person will have one large 80-litre drybag for their own personal use. This can easily fit in your tent, sleeping bag and personal possessions.

Car: you can follow your satnav to the following address – Neptune’s Staircase, Banavie, Fort William, PH33 7NG. There is free car parking available at this point. Bus: There are buses available from both Fort William and Inverness. However, this is a much slower option. Full details can be found on the Scotland Citylink Bus website. Taxi: Taxis are available from Fort William Train Station and cost around £10 to your start location. Train: You can get a train to Fort William, and then a taxi to your start location at Neptune’s Staircase. At the end of the trip, we will transport you back to the start location, or a place in Inverness.

Yes absolutely! It's a great way to meet like-minded people. If you book solo, you will have your own tent.

There will be times that you'll pass by the shops. On the third night, you'll camp next to the highland town of Fort Augustus where there are a few small shops.

Winter season (Nov – Mar) Winter in Scotland can be extremely cold. In Scotland, temperatures can go as low as -15 degrees Celsius. Shoulder (Apr– May & Oct) Temperatures in Scotland can vary at this time of year. Lows of 2 degrees Celsius and highs of 15 degrees Celsius. There can be some chances of rain, with May turning very green. High Season (Jun – Sep) June to Sept can be warm, with daytime temperatures ranging from 10 – 25 degrees Celsius. There can be some rain. The weather in the mountains can be quite unpredictable and weather situations can change very quickly. Therefore, it is necessary to always be prepared for such a change.

We usually finish the trip around 1pm, depending on the weather. After we have loaded up, we will transport you back to Fort William. We can either drop you off at Neptunes Staircase, local hotels or the train station. If you wish to catch public trabs from Inverness (this has a better train network than Fort William), we can drop you off at the station, airport or a local hotel. If you want to do this we suggest not departing before 6pm.

Absolutely - try and give us as much notice as possible of any dietary requirements. You can do this when completing your participation form after booking.

Sometimes the weather can deem an activity unfeasible for a set period of time. If this is the case, then your guide will offer an appropriate alternative. Examples are as follows: - The itinerary in reverse. The trip is much more enjoyable when you are not battling against the wind.  - Canoe a different section of water. - Hike the Great Glen trails. 

Your head guide is Richard

All trips on Skyhook are run by small, hand-picked local guiding companies. For this trip your guides run Good2Go Adventures, based in Leeds.

By booking through Skyhook you'll be joining a small-group trip. This can make it nice and sociable (you'll be added to a group chat after booking), and guarantees great value for money!