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Imaginative Walking, Biking & Paddling Adventures in Scotland

  • North-West Frontiers High in the hills above Arisaig

    High in the hills above Arisaig

  • North-West Frontiers The beautiful west coast

    The beautiful west coast

  • North-West Frontiers The pristine white sand beaches of Morar

    The pristine white sand beaches of Morar


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The Route

Arisaig Hike & Great Glen Canoe Trail

Grade Moderate
  • Wonderful multi-activity holiday
  • Canoe the Great Glen Trail in search of Nessie
  • Explore the beautiful island of Eigg
  • Delightful Highland hospitality

 

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Water dominates the Scottish landscape and has shaped its history and culture. This new holiday aims to highlight this by combining walking on the beautiful west coast and canoeing the Great Glen Canoe Trail, making for a great week of adventure.

We start our holiday on the stunningly beautiful west coast of Scotland. The seascapes are spectacular, with the views extending out to the Small Isles and the island of Skye. From our base we will take the boat to Eigg and hike to the summit of An Sgurr, with the views extending to the Ardmurchan Peninsula.

Another walk takes us along the north shore of Loch Morar, Scotland's deepest freshwater loch. From Tarbet we return by boat up Loch Nevis through the wild lands of Knoydart. No trip to this area would be complete without exploring the beautiful white sand beaches of Morar, made famous in the film Local Hero. A scenic walk along Loch Moidart will take us to Castle Tioram; perfectly located on its own tidal island.

The Great Glen Canoe Trail is one of Scotland's classic canoe journeys. It runs from Fort William in the west to Inverness in the east and is a natural fault line which once extended to America, later it was carved out by the great ice sheets that once covered Scotland, leaving the trail of lochs we have today.

Over 3 days of paddling we will canoe from Fort William, under the shadow of Britain's highest mountain to Loch Ness linking a network of lochs and canals. The canal system was started in 1803 and was designed by the engineer Thomas Telford and created a shortcut between the east and west coast.


Itinerary

Day 1 - Arrive Fort William

Day 2 - Eigg & An Sgurr

Day 3 - Loch Moidart and Castle Tioram

Day 4 - Loch Morar and Sandy beaches of 'Local Hero'

Day 5 - Great Glen Canoe Trail, Banavie to Gairlochy - 7 miles (11km)

Day 6 - Great Glen Canoe Trail, Gairlochy to Laggan - 9 miles (15km)

Day 7 - Great Glen Canoe Trail, Laggan to Fort Augustus - 10 miles (16km)

Day 8 - Depart Fort William


Accommodation

The first 4 nights we stay at the Lochailort Inn situated along the Road to the Isles. The Inn opened its doors in the 1870s (and almost certainly much earlier as a drovers inn) and has been refurbished in 2011. The final 3 nights are booked in a quality, hand-picked guesthouse in Spean Bridge.

Single Supplement

A limited number of single rooms is available from £140


Pickup / Dropoff

Meet at Fort William Railway Station 16:15
Finish in Fort William 09:00


Included / Excluded

Included:

  • 7 nights bed and breakfast in comfortable hotel and guesthouse
  • 2 x dinners (first and last night)
  • 6 days walking and canoeing with a qualified and experienced NWF leader
  • All canoe equipment
  • All road and boat transport during trip

Excluded:

  • Travel to and from Fort William
  • Dinners and lunches
  • Travel insurance
  • Drinks, including tea, coffee, soft drinks or alcoholic beverages


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