Itinerary

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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14 verified reviews

Rated 5.0
Karl
Karl

Traveled May 2022

Absolutely fantastic experience for anyone wanting to try something abit different, our two guides Sam and Amy worth their weight in gold and Charles too turning up with extras we may have needed. Even when the weather was abit naff (typical unpredictable Scottish weather) they knew just what to say and do to help everyone out, and very knowledgeable. The scenery was beautiful and we managed to take it all in with our dinner and camping spots. The food during the night was lovely and well prepared and had enough sweets, crisps and other snacks to get us through everyday. I would definitely recommend it.

Paul
Paul

Traveled May 2022

Hi! Really enjoyed the trip… ! Izzie and Lean were fantastic guides… they really know their shit! My only comments are a) I feel we could have done more in a day, made the most of the good weather.. for instance day 4 the weather picked up nicely and I think we could have completed Loch Ness.. b) we were waiting for vans a long time… I realise it’s plate juggling but maybe more support would help. Lastly, I was expecting to be up and in the canoe and do a solid 6-8 hours paddling… some days we did very little and sat about … BUT when we were paddling I loved every minute! I will be back!

Hayley
Hayley

Traveled May 2022

Hi. My son and me have had ana amazing trip with yourselves and met some amazing people. The experience of a lifetime without a doubt. As for constructive feedback goes; The food left a lot to be desired. I appreciate the restrictions on these trips but the types of foods need to be thought out better especially in terms of nutrition for the physical activities. Most morning was a cereal bar or croissant. Lunch often consisted of cuppa soup and a bread roll. Neither offer good nutrition for the activities we were doing Evening meals were nice and better as they consisted of rice's pasta and fresh veg. Lunches would have been better with the likes of wraps, chopped salad and sandwich fillers such as chicken and tuna this avoiding squashed bread rolls as well as the soup and maybe flap jack as a snack. It would have been nice and made the whole Scottish experience better if we could have tried the local delicacies such as Lorne sausage instead and the likes of Haggis and Nips and Tatties, all of which could be prepared easily. The guides, Lena and Lizzie were absolutely amazing. They taught us all the skills we needed to get through. They were fun but supportive to be around and were clearly very skilled at their sport. Very good friends and expert leaders. Loved them. The support group following us did seem to be the issue. We were often delayed or hanging around for them both before and after the journey that day. This was very frustrating and really messed our last day up, causing a severe delay back to Fort William after which many of us had upto a 6hr drive home. However, overall, as I said, this was one of the best experiences I have had and I will definitely looking to book with you again. Thanks again

lorraine
lorraine

Traveled May 2022

This was a holiday of a lifetime, beautiful scenery, incredible expertise and support from Chucky and Charles. But most of all the wonderful guides Lizzie and Lina (and Blodeuyn the dog!) who made our journey such fun and an education to novice paddlers from start to finish, despite some very challenging weather and last minute changes! They made us laugh, kept us safe and have left us wanting more!

Cleopatra
Cleopatra

Traveled May 2022

Really chuffed with the trip. We had a great time. There was an easy start to the trip for those who hadn't canoed before (most of us), and we progressed from there. The scenery speaks for itself, so I'll not mention it, other than to say our guides Lizzie and Lina knew exactly where to go, where to camp etc. Truly could not have asked for a better group, Lizzie and Lina practically oozed with knowledge about canoeing, weather, camping, and bush-craft; and they were eager to share! They are kind, approachable and professional, I honestly could not think of the trip without them. Chucky (Good2Go Adventures) and Charles (Support) were always available if things went askew (not often, but we had to accommodate for the weather once or twice) - so easy to overlook the support, but again, we'd have been struggling without them. The organization + logistics were phenomenal and really allowed us on just having fun. The trip had emotional, physical, and mental aspects to it, and personally, it was such a fun experience. 100% trust, respect and love these people. Looking forward to our next trip. Cleo & Nick

Paul
Paul

Traveled May 2022

I have just finished this adventure today. Absolutely amazing from start to finish. The guides are excellent and you have to trust them and go with their decisions. Expect changeable weather and itinerary. Expect to carry your stuff and canoes/supplies at portage points. The more you take the harder it will be. Plenty of good food supplied, you can take your own but you've got to fit it in your canoe. Beautiful scenery on this trip. Would thoroughly recommend if you want to get away from it all and want a bit of a challenge without anything extreme. I will be booking something similar or even the same again. Thanks to all of you.

Elaine
Elaine

Traveled May 2022

A wet and wild life affirming adventure with wonderful, like minded people and great guides. Highly recommend....just click that button.

Stephen
Stephen

Traveled May 2022

1 word. AMAZING.

Rob
Rob

Traveled May 2022

Fantastic trip made great friends. Sam and Amy were fabulous as hosts. If you are thinking about doing this trip do it and create memories for a life time

Ruth
Ruth

Traveled Sep 2021

What an adventure! the guides were fab.

Michaela
Michaela

Traveled Sep 2021

We have just completed our canoeing trip, It was such a wonderful experience I’ll never forget. On day two I remember thinking to myself how am I physically going to manage this, however with the fabulous high spirits in our group and the beautiful scenery I just keeps you going. I would highly recommend this trip. Certainly right up there as one to remember 👍🏻

Meng
Meng

Traveled Sep 2021

It was an epic trip with good guide chunkie and well organised stops and camps sites. Strongly recommended!

paul
paul

Traveled Aug 2021

Absolutely recommended. Chucky and Jim host this and make the trip. Brilliant with beginners and happy to ensure you get what you want from the experience. Would do this again.

Alice
Alice

Traveled Aug 2021

What an awesome experience. You need to be quite fit as we averaged around 10-16 miles per day. The views were incredible and the hosts Chucky and Jim were brilliant. The food was decent considering we were wild camping, I expected it to be more basic, however don't expect restaurant quality as it all has to be brought with you in the canoes. There is a lot of moving canoes on wheels between locks so expect to work hard, an bring smidge and a net for the midges

FAQs

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 - 4: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner. Day 5: Breakfast. 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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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. 

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.