Over 4000 paddlers visit the waters of the Caledonian
Canal each year. Some undertake the challenging 3-5 day long
distance expedition, whilst others enjoy a day out on the
Watch this short inspirational video below of the Great Glen Canoe Trail and you
See more of the Great Glen Canoe Trail
We recommend that paddlers are experienced in long
distance or open water canoeing because of the challenges that you
may face on the lochs. Remember to plan your journey carefully. If
you are new to canoeing or kayaking, you should seek the guidance
of more experienced paddlers or specialist instructors. Much of the
route involves paddling on open water rather than on the canal.
Download the Great Glen Canoe Trail Guide
Map for some useful information, and view the Canoe Hire
listings for details of Canoe Hire and Instructors.
The Great Glen Canoe Trail has been
developed to enable paddlers to make the most of what the canal and
surrounding rivers have to offer. Check out the Great Glen Canoe Trail
We recommend that all paddlers visiting the canal register with
us in advance so we can keep them up to date with information which
may impact on their trip or regular usage. This system also
ensures that everyone understands the safety requirements for what
is a less-than-ordinary waterway.
Please register for free before using the
canal - you can register for up to a 10 day period. If
you prefer, you can register at Seaport Marina or at either of the
sea locks, where you can also purchase access to our facilities
along the way. Along with your licence, why not download a Skipper's Guide.