Travel from sea to sea  under your own power 

There are few places in the world where it is possible to travel right across the Country by Canoe.
Arguably no other is quite so beautiful.

No need to be a paddling hero 

While being an epic trip through stunning scenery and taking 6 days, it is a technically easy trip that anyone can do. 

Paddle through the heart of Scotland 

We don’t just visit Loch Ness we paddle all of it - the most famous landmark of Scotland (thanks Nessie). 

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Comfort and wonder 

A variety of travelling accommodation along the way keeps things interesting. Hostels, campsites and wilderness camping. We will ensure you are warm and comfortable with our great tents and sleep systems.

Self-sufficiency - wonderful simplicity 

Like all great adventures,  living and travelling simply allows you to relax into the journey and enjoy  the moment.

Great food 

Sometimes it is freshly cooked on a stove, or over an open fire and sometimes it is a cheeky chippy to celebrate a good day, but we love good food,so our trips are always well catered. 

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Canoeing - the original adventure boat

An expeditionary adventure by paddle 

The open canoe:  a shape and style developed over centuries that is used to traverse so many terrains, carries everything required for a journey and can take advantage of the wind when it is in your favour.

To cross from one side of the country to the other, we take advantage of the canal system to join up the 3  Lochs which form the base of the Great Glen. An almost complete cleft through the width of Scotland. Using our wheelies we skirt the lock gates which allow big boats to ascend the staircases of water.

Our itinerary is 6 days. This gives us the flexibility to deal with poor weather without having to skip sections. Every day has a new destination in the plan but some camps could be skipped or we could spend two nights in one place.

This is part of the Anyone Can advantage, we make sure we have time to maximise the potential of the trip. If we happen to finish early we will do something extra, perhaps run a river section, explore a local village, or even have a rest! 

There is a lot of paddling it is all flat. In total the journey is 100km/60 miles.

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Adventure Living 

Relax after a great day in beautiful surroundings

Like the vagabonds we pretend to be for a week, we utilise a variety of accommodation options;  sleeping on beds, on mown grass and under trees (in a tent of course!).

It is  one of the lovely things about this trip - meeting other fellow travellers, with the same form of chosen transport and sharing the love of being outdoors but also finding a quiet spot where we can just hear the lake and crackling of a campfire.

We have great tents, sleeping pads and sleeping bags - we pride ourselves on having excellent, comfortable equipment - the kind of kit that makes you glad to be outside.

The Great Glen is well served with clean flushing and composting toilets.  Even at our preferred wild camping spots there are built toilets.

In between, we have our collapsible porta loo and privacy tent.

There are showers at the indoor accommodation sites, some of the lock gates have toilet blocks and so do the commercial campsites. 

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Fantastic Food 

Fuel for fun 

Lovely simple food is prepared by the instructors, with all meals provided.

This is a shared adventure experience so we expect that everyone will want to get involved in the whole experience including pitching tents, finding drinking water and cooking.

The stoves are always available to you to make a brew, cup of soup or popcorn if you feel the need.

Breakfast is generally something hot to warm you up - sometimes meaty and sometimes Vicky’s porridge with yummy bits.

Lunch is normally wraps with fillings, sandwiches or oatcakes and pate, with dried fruit and snacks.

Dinners vary - sometimes they are freshly prepared curries and dahl or pasta dishes and sometimes we eat together at a real table and chairs - with someone else looking after the washing up. We always have a pudding too!  Every meal within a trip is included - you may wish to buy an extra pud or pint of beer (you will have earned it - go on!). 

Important Great Glen Info 2021

Dates and Costs 

  • 6 days adventure and 7 Nights accommodation

  • Pickup: Fort William Train Station 7pm 14 June 2021

  • Drop off:  Inverness Train Station 09:00

  • £945 per person 

    Accomodation is in bunks, tents and hammock

    Early Bird Discount 
    £100 off

    Pay your deposit by 31st January 2021 and pay only 

    £845

What is included?

  • Indoor accommodation in a shared room, camping in a single or double tent

  • All meals from Sunday Breakfast to Saturday  Breakfast 

  • All technical equipment

  • British qualified Canoeing Instructors

  • Transport from and to the train stations

  • Bring only a small bag as we are travelling by Canoe - we provide everything for outdoor living
    (and it is good quality)

What do we actually do

  • Brush up your Canoe skills on the first day 

  • Paddle the heart of Scotland 

  • Paddle two to a canoe, go solo, portage, make rafts and sail - nearly every way of making expedition canoes travel

  • Go for a pint 

  • Camp in amazing places

  • Watch sunsets, with a brew/dram

  • Cook on a campfire, cook on a stove, cook in a communal kitchen, buy dinner

  • Have a laugh as a friendly welcoming group of like-minded people

Great Glen Accessibility

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Vision

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    Suitable for people able to navigate short stretches of rough ground unaided and longer walks with assistance

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  • We are well staffed for this trip, a lot of help is available for support both on and off travel time

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    Come with an adventure buddy

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    Arrange an Anyone Can volunteer guide

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Cognition

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  • Suitable for those able to self manage without dedicated support or with a dedicated carer (who could drive between sites)

  • We will help with meals, reminding about medications etc 

  • Participants should be capable of understanding and acting appropriately around fires, unfenced canals and at the water's edge without constant supervision 

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    Come with an adventure buddy

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Mobility  

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    Suitable for people who can travel short distances unaided and longer distances with support 

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    Canoe access requires rough ground walking and up to 500m to access campspots

  • The trip is possible for walking aid users.

    Regular transfers are required on most days. Normally these are between a good quality, level, floating platform and canoe - to get around lock gates

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    This trip is possible for an adventurous wheelchair user who can self transfer and bum shuffle (we can bring a motorboat as support)

    The majority of facilities on the journey are not adapted, accross or inaccesable bridges (top of loch gates) but….

    We have a portable toilet and privacy tent with portable handrails

    Our chosen accomodation has acceccible rooms (book early to avoid disappointment) 

    Adapating this trip for mobility needs requires some itinerary changes and alternative equipment - so please give us plenty of time to make arrangements


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Auditory 

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    Suitable for people with most auditory impairments that do not require signing to communicate 

  • A BSL assistant instructor is occasionally available

  • We have radios and Tloop transmission  units to aid hearing when seperated in differing boats 

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From London by rail 

Hop on the Caladonian Sleeper and snuggle up. You will wake up in Glasgow on the morning of the 14th - 1 stop on the Glasgow underground and hop on the Fort William Train to arrive about midday. 

TOP TIP  look at buying a Glasgow return ticket separately which are often much cheaper and then buy singles to Fort William and from Inverness.

Or

Travel up during the day on the 13th stay overnight in Glasgow and get the Fort William train the next day.

Other places by rail

Any rail route that arrives in Glasgow is easy.  Glasgow is the Northern terminal of the West Coast main line and Edinburgh (50mins from Glasgow) is similarly the head of the East Coast mainline. This means that most of the UK is in easy reach of a train going the right way. 

By Air 

Fly into Inverness (Belfast, Bristol, London, Birmingham, Manchester) and a regular bus runs the length of the Great Glen between Inverness and Fort William.

European Start up Funded 

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European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development  

Europe investing in rural areas

Anyone Can: Connecting Transport Hubs to Lake Shores - Accessible Canoeing

Purchase of an accessible powered support and rescue vessel, and a mobile fleet of canoes with trailer

It is part funded by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development 

Supported by the Cumbria Fells and Dales Local Action Group 

Excellent accessibility icons designed by Emma Briggs Design

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