kayaking river day tours
improve your kayak paddling skills on an easy river day tour
During the spring and summer months into early autumn we run day journeys or easy river tours by river kayak for those who wish to venture into more challenging country without staying out overnight.
These are undertaken by kayaks designed mainly for moving water .
Previous Experience | Some level of personal skills and previous experience is preferred on these day tours for clients to really enjoy their day tour. These are ideal opportunities to get away from everything with family and friends.
Minimum Ages | We suggest that a minimum age of 8 yrs is suitable for family orientated day tours. We do not take unaccompanied youngsters with us on these day tours below the age of 12 yrs. We do have plenty of other options for unaccompanied young people under the age of 12 years on our other paddlesports activity days. Local day paddles by kayak are ideal for individuals families or groups of friends who have kayaked before but who do not necessarily have a high level of technical skills – but want to get out there on the water with the support of a local paddling guide. These kayaks are not designed for long distance paddling on open water – they are well suited and manouverable on rivers and can give an excellent introduction to white water paddling -but you must have the basic kayak skills in place before hand.
| river kayaking day trips • for improvers on local rivers
|Adult||Junior 16 yrs & under (minimum age 12 yrs & under)||Family Day Tickets (sample 😐 max 2 adults & 2 juniors)|
|Full Day||£ 70||£ 52.50||£ 184.00|
|Wet Suit Hire|
|Full Day||£ 5.00|
|1/2 Day||£ 3.50|
Below are just some samples of thoroughly enjoyable days out on the water. At all times you are accompanied by trained guides who interpret the wild life around you and ensure your comfort.
local options for river & loch kayak day tours
Experience a unique sheltered, freshwater inland loch or easy moving / white water paddling experience with spectacular west coast highland scenery on a guided river kayak adventure. However, some river and open water trips may be considered to be at a more technical level.
Loch Linnhe & Loch Eil (half or full day)
Right on our door step – literally! We trailer the kayaks over to the pier at the end of the Caledonian Canal about 200 meters away or use our trolley wheels to access the sheltered waters at the head of Loch Linnhe, head over to Ardgour and head north and west through the tidal surge at Annat Narrows – if the tide is right! – into Loch Eil and the mountains beyond. while this is not “river kayaking” it is a very useful half day kayaking for beginners using the easy tidal flows between the small islands.
Loch Lochy & Bunarkaig (full day)
Our favourite kayaking spot for giving folks an opportunity get a taste of and experience moving water – with a stunning location thrown in.
We travel by our minibus to the freshwater Loch Lochy – a 30 minute drive away to Bunarkaig – at the bottom of the river Arkaig where the road ends at a small settlement with the last easy access to Loch Lochy. Here you will embark in open canoes that will take you on an easy jaunt into some of Lochaber’s most breathtaking scenery. Loch Lochy forms part of the 77 mile long Caledonian Canal which runs from Fort William to Inverness.
From Loch Lochy you will have superb views of the north face crags of Ben Nevis, Aonach Mor ski area, the Grey Corries and the surrounding mountains – from water level. Your well earned lunch destination will be on the forested shoreline. A walk through along the shore through the wonderful forests along the shoreline or just sit in the sun before you returning to our base after an extraordinary day out.
These deep fresh water lochs surrounded by steep sided mountain and hills – such as Loch Lochy have great beauty and calm. They are often home to a variety of wildlife – we frequently see ospreys nesting – some eagles – a visiting variety of nesting ducks, geese and grebes. Very occasionally we see otters, a mink, bats (late in the day) deer early in spring and autumn. During the autumn months the area is a transit camp to migrating ducks, geese, grebes, and other diving birds.
River Lochy (full day)
Draining Loch Lochy and the the Great Glen the river Lochy flows to the south west at Giarlochy towards the sea (Loch Linnhe) at Fort William.
We normally travel by minibus to put-in at Gairlochy and paddle the 9 miles or so from the confluence with the River Loy down to the take out point. Alternatively we can paddle right down to the mouth of the river to the tidal head waters of Loch Linnhe arriving outside our base alongside the SW end of the Caledonian Canal in the village of Corpach.
The grading of the main stretches of the river are Grade 1-2 with many easier shingle, braided sections with some boils, surges and easy play sections. This is except for the Torcastle rapids (a small gorge) which are a constricted Grade 2-3 and are normally portaged. This is the main real rapid.
An alternative is for us to join the Caledonian Canal at Banavie – paddle along the canal – as a great shake down – as far as Gairlochy – portage across to the River Lochy – paddle down the river as above. This is a really great day out with loads of variety for folks who have at least basic kayaking skills.
Caledonian Canal & River Lochy (full day)
Another great option is to paddle along the Caledonian Canal from the top of Neptune’s Staircase – this is a great shakedown – with a portage (before Gairlochy at the south end of Loch Lochy) across to the River Lochy.
The river Oich is the perfect place to learn the skills of river paddling. It interesting and great preparation for other rivers. The rive runs out of Loch Oich – the highest point on the Caledonian Canal – under the historic light weight bridge built in 1796 – for about 6 miles linking into Loch Ness at Fort Augustus. This is a brilliant day out on the river for those who have kayaked before with at least basic levels of competency.