Just paddle - The Caledonian Canal
Discover popular launch points, scenic highlights, and the diverse paddling experiences offered by each canal, allowing you to plan your own unforgettable journey on these historic waterways.
Embark on an exhilarating adventure along the legendary Caledonian Canal, where paddling becomes a gateway to awe-inspiring landscapes. Immerse yourself in the beauty of the Scottish Highlands as you navigate shimmering waters, passing majestic lochs and tranquil forests. Prepare to be captivated by the sheer magnificence of this unforgettable paddling experience.
The Caledonian Canal runs from Corpach near Fort William to Inverness, and offers a range of paddling experiences, from lochs and rivers to canal sections. Some popular launch points include:
- Gairlochy, near Spean Bridge
- Fort Augustus, at the southern end of Loch Ness
- Dochgarroch, near Inverness
It's important to note that the canal has several locks and swing bridges that may require portaging or coordination with lock keepers. There may also be restrictions on certain sections of the canal during maintenance or events. Please visit our section on bridges and locks for more information.
Stay safe - Etiquette and best practice
We want you to enjoy paddling on our canals safely. Here’s how.
Register your trip
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Disruptions on the canal
Please refer to the “Ongoing work” section of the website for details of winter closures for maintenance work.Ongoing works
Where to rent equipment
Find guided trips, equipment hire and shuttle services for paddling on Scotland's Canals.Paddle hire