Find equipment hire and shuttle services for SUPs, kayak and other paddling options on Scotland's Canals
It's recommended to contact the rental provider in advance to confirm availability, rates, and any equipment requirements or restrictions. Additionally, it's important to follow proper safety protocols and use appropriate gear when paddling on the canals.
Here are some options for renting equipment on the canals:
Forth & Clyde and Union Canal:
Paddleboard Scotland offers stand-up paddleboard rental at various locations along the canals, including Auchinstarry Marina and The Falkirk Wheel.
Almondell & Calderwood Country Park offers canoe and kayak rental.
Join our experience instructors for a leisurely paddle down the scenic Forth and Clyde Canal or hire one of our canoes and explore on your own.
Bridge 8 Hub provides canal based outdoor activities in South West Edinburgh. Whether participants are looking for taster sessions or more adventurous trips, we can accommodate either and tailor it to your needs.
Glasgow Paddleboarders Co. is a paddle-boarding community, with water education at its core. We run trips and lessons to support people at the beginning of their SUP journeys and have regular social paddles. We retail high quality kit and can help to advise you on the best board for the type of paddleboarding you are planning to do.
Outdoor Trax promote outdoor activities utilising the Lowland Canal system and surrounding countryside. Based at Auchinstarry Marina and The Falkirk Wheel, they offer a range of activities and services.
A community paddlesports centre with Scotland's only artificial whitewater course, offering unique urban watersports facilities to organisations and individuals.
Situated underneath the spectacular Forth Road Bridge, Port Edgar Watersports CIC offers courses and hire in sea kayak, open canoe and stand-up paddleboard. Just a short drive away from the Union Canal, an ideal boat hire location for anyone completing the Glasgow-Edinburgh Canal trail.
Kayak Majik offers canoe and kayak rental at Cairnbaan.
Crinan Canal Cottage and Bunkhouse
Crinan Canal Cottage and Bunkhouse offers canoe and kayak rental at Crinan.
In Your Element offers canoe and kayak rental at Gairlochy and Dochgarroch.
Explore Highland offers canoe and kayak rental at various locations along the canal, including Fort William and Inverness.
Rockhopper offers open canoe and kayak trips, and with our hire hub now open at Banavie, you can now also hire bikes, canoes and kayaks to explore the Caledonian Canal.
Other providers around Scotland
Tiso equipment provider for rent or purchase.
A specialist outdoor company, based in Aberfeldy, Scotland, providing tailor-made experiences of the wilderness environment. Specialities are open canoeing and tailor made multi-activity residentials for groups in Scotland, Europe and North America.
In Your Element offers both guided canoe and kayak days out and multi-day expeditions for groups. We also offer a comprehensive equipment hire and flexible passenger shuttle service for hire customers. With bases in Inverness and at Loch Lomond we are ideally placed to service both the Great Glen Canoe Trail and the Forth & Clyde and Union Canals linking Glasgow and Edinburgh.
Paddleboarding experiences and water safety to disadvantaged/socially excluded families, neurodivergents and injured service veterans. Mental wellbeing in the outdoors are where these vulnerable groups thrive.
Glenmore Lodge is Scotland's National Outdoor Training Centre offering world class training in outdoor adventure sports. We offer courses of all levels in over 10 different disciplines ensuring there is something to interest everyone. Glenmore Lodge is a fun and welcoming environment from beginner to expert.
Get involved in the latest watersport craze to sweep the nation - Stand Up Paddleboarding (SUP)! Inflatable SUP packages available for hire or to buy. Sailingfast are based in central Scotland and can arrange delivery anywhere within the UK.
Snowgoose offers excellent adventure activity guiding, courses, coaching and holidays for families, friends & groups in river kayaking, sea kayaking, open canoeing, mountain walking, dinghy sailing, rock climbing & winter mountaineering as well as mountain bike hire. Nevis Range ski area is 5 miles away for winter snowsports.
Your safety on and off the water should be your most important consideration. Take some time to read our important safety information when planning your trip.Etiquette and Saftey
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