Scotland by Canoe - with Base 

29th August - 5th September 2020 - Basecamp Style

10th -17th April 2021- Basecamp style

See also 16th - 22nd August 2021 - Journey Style (tents and hostels) 

Travel from sea to sea - under your own power 

There are few places in the world where it is possible to travel right across the country by canoe.
Arguably no other is quite so beautiful

No need to be a paddling hero 

While being an epic trip through stunning scenery and taking 6 days, it is a technically easy trip that anyone can do 

Paddle through the heart of Scotland 

We don’t just visit Loch Ness we paddle it - the most famous landmark of  Scotland  (thanks Nessie). 

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Outdoor adventure indoor comfort

We have a fantastic central cottage to return to each night. Fantastic for those who need time out from the advnture to reset and manage their needs. 

We noramll offer a coupel of optional camp outs for those who fancy sleeping on the trial for a night or two. 

Self-sufficiency - wonderful simplicity 

Like all great adventures - living and travelling simply allows you to relax into the journey and enjoy  the moment

Great food 

Mostly collectively cooked and back at base cottage evening meals are a real social time and chance to kick back and chat. 

An expeditionary adventure by paddle 

Canoeing - the original adventure boat

The open canoe - a shape and style developed over centuries able to traverse so many terrains, carry everything you need and take advantage of the wind when it is in your favour.

This is the ultimate travel machine - if there is water lying in the direction you wish to travel.

To cross from one side of the country we take advantage of the canal system to join up 3 huge lochs which form the bottom of the Great Glen an almost complete cleft through the width of Scotland. Using our wheelies we skirt the lock gates which allow big boats to ascend the staircases of water.

Our itinerary is 6 days. This gives us the flexibility to deal with poor weather without having to skip bits. Every day has a new destination in the plan but it the weather is poor we can adjuct the order we do things to hide in the more sheltered bits.

This is part of the Anyone Can advantage we make sure we have time to maximise the potential of the trip. If we happen to finish early we will do something extra perhaps run a river section.

There is a lot of paddling but unless we choose a sneaky river short cut it is all flat. In total the journey is 100km/60 miles.

Adventure Living 

Relax after a great day in beautiful surroundings

We run two versions of this trip one based around travellers accomodation and one from a basecamp (or base cottage in this case) . 

This trip is based from a base cottage. This is great for those who really need a bed, access to comperhenisve hygiene facilities and who may find it a challenge to be constantly  chaninging accomodation - especially near the waters edge and drop-offs. 

Every morning we will drive to the days start point - reunite ourselves with the boats and paddle onwards toward the east. In the evening we will drive back to the base for evening meal. unless we opt to cook  out one evening and come back later. 

The Great Glen is well served with clean flushing and composting toilets  allong the way but we also have private faclitiles in the cottage at night. 

In between, we have our collapsable loo and privacy tent.

Fantastic Food 

Fuel for fun 

Lovely simple food is prepared by the instructors, with all meals provided.

This is a shared adventure experience so we expect that everyone will want to get involved in the whole experience including helping out with clenaing and cooking tasks. 

Breakfast is generally something hot to warm you up - sometimes meaty and sometimes Vicky’s porridge with yummy bits.

Lunch is normally wraps with fillings, sandwiches or oatcakes and pate, with dried fruit and snacks.

Dinners vary - sometimes they are freshly prepared curries and Dahl, or pasta dishes. Every meal within a trip is included - you may wish to bring extra snacks or a can of beer - you will deservie it. 

Important Great Glen Info 2020

Dates and Costs 

  • 6 days adventure and 7 Nights accommodation

  • Includes minibus transport to the venue
    (£50pp discount to use personal car)  

  • Pickup: Kendal Train station 10:00 29th August 

  • Drop off:  Kendal Train station 20:00 5th Septmeber 

  • £695 per person in a shared room

What is included?

  • Indoor accommodation in a shared room

  • All meals from Saturday Lunch to Saturday  Lunch 

  • All in trip transport and transport from Kendal

  • All technical equipment

  • British qualified canoeing instructors

  • Transport from and to Kendal

  • Bring only a small bag - we provide everything else for outdoor living
    (and its good stuff) 

What do we actually do

  • Brush up your canoe skills on the first day 

  • Paddle the heart of Scotland 

  • Paddle two to a canoe, go solo, portage, make rafts and sail - nearly every way of making expedition canoes travel

  •  Enjoy a pint 

  • Watch sunsets, with a brew/dram

  • Have a laugh as a friendly welcoming group of like-minded people

Important Great Glen Info 2021

Dates and Costs 

  • 6 days adventure and 7 Nights accommodation

  • Includes minibus transport to the venue

  • Pickup: Kendal Train station 10:00 10 April 2021 

  • Drop off:  Kendal Train station 20:00 17 April 2021

  • £795 per person in a shared room

  • £50 Single person Suppliment 

What is included?

  • Indoor accommodation in a shared room

  • All meals from Saturday Lunch to Saturday  Lunch 

  • All in trip transport and transport from Kendal

  • All technical equipment

  • British qualified canoeing instructors

  • Transport from and to Kendal

  • Bring only a small bag - we provide everything else for outdoor living
    (and its good stuff) 

What do we actually do

  • Brush up your canoe skills on the first day 

  • Paddle the heart of Scotland 

  • Paddle two to a canoe, go solo, portage, make rafts and sail - nearly every way of making expedition canoes travel

  •  Enjoy a pint 

  • Watch sunsets, with a brew/dram

  • Have a laugh as a friendly welcoming group of like-minded people

Great Glen Accessibility

Vision

  • Suitable for all people able to manage own travel to the pickup point

  • Suitable for all those who do not need a dedicated guide or bring their own

  • Consistant accomodation makes out of travleing periods easier 

    We are well staffed for this trip, a lot of help is available for support both on and off travel time

Cognition

  • Suitable for those able to self manage without dedicated support or with a dedicated carer (who could drive between sites)

  • We will help with meals, reminding about medications etc 

  • Participants should be capable of understanding and acting appropriately around fires, unfenced canals and at the water's edge without constant supervision (or bring a supporter)

Mobility  

  • Canoe access requires rough ground walking up to 1KM to access pickup points

  • Regular transfers are required on some days normally from a good quality level floating platform to canoe - to get around loch gates

  • The trip is possible for walking aid users.

  • The 2020 Accomodation makes not cosessions for accessiblity (only option available), has steep stairs, deep gravel and narrow doorways.  We expect to recce and approve alteranitve accomdation for 2021

  • A version of this trip is possible for an adventurous wheelchair user (we bring a motorboat as support ) - Motor boat not possile on 2020 trips due to lockdown and loss of loch gate opearators. 

Auditory 

  • Suitable for people with most auditory impairments that do not require signing to communicate or please  bring an interpreter 

  • A BSL assistant instructor is occasionally available.

  • We have radios and Tloop transmission  units to aid hearing when seperated in differing boats 

Booking is easy and straight forward 

Just pop some details down and we will make contact, answer any questions and sort out the money. 

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Purchase of an accessible powered support and rescue vessel, and a mobile fleet of canoes with trailer

It is part funded by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development 

Supported by the Cumbria Fells and Dales Local Action Group