A fully supported Scottish adventure providing challenge, fun and learning as you graduate from novice to master expeditioner.
This breath-taking, classic paddling trip enables a group of up to 12 people to set out together on expedition in one of our unique Voyageur canoes. We set off from Banavie, navigating Neptune's staircase before paddling West to East up the Caledonian Canal (traversing the entire width of Scotland) and finish 4 days later at Inverness.
Teamwork is a key requirement for this expedition, as not only will you be working together to paddle the canoe through the vast expanses of some of Scotland’s finest lochs but you will also need to: successfully operate the canal lock systems, set up camp, cook meals and live together, all for the best part of a week.
A trained support team is always present but will keep to a distance to allow participants to lead and navigate the expedition. This expedition lasts a total of 6 ½ days which includes a ½ day introduction, preparation and training on Lake Windermere, 4 days paddling on the water and 2 days travelling to and from Scotland. It also qualifies as a Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award Residential.
Brief Outline of the Expedition:
Day 1: Arrive at Brathay Hall. Meet the team; Introductions; Kit Issue and Voyageur training Sessions. Cook your first meal together & camp in grounds at the Brathay Estate.
Day 2: Decamp then travel by minibus to Camaghael. Establish overnight camp; team cook and shared meal; evening briefing and safety session; first night camping in Scotland.
Day 3: Work as a team to move the Voyageur canoe through the lock system at Neptune's staircase and paddle to the first camp site at Gairlochy. Work together to set up camp and cook a hearty meal. Anyone for bolognese?
Day 4: Decamp. Paddle up through Loch Lochy and Loch Oich, surrounded by the Scottish mountains, to the second camp site at Fort Augustus. Time for another communal cooking experience.
Day 5: Decamp. Paddle half way up the stunning Loch Ness - a tough day but hugely rewarding with incredible views in every direction. Set up camp at Foyers, cook, rest and sleep.
Day 6: Decamp. Paddle the final half of Loch Ness and through Loch Dochfour to conclude the epic journey at Inverness. You will set up a final camp here for one last night in Scotland. Time for a celebration feast? Why not, you've earned it!
Day 7: Decamp, review the expedition and return by minibus to Brathay. Return borrowed kit. Say your fond farewells and travel back home.
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