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  • Canadian (open) canoeing in Glen Affric, Highlands
    Canadian (open) canoeing in Glen Affric, Highlands
  • Canoeists paddle on Loch Tay at Kenmore, Perthshire
    Canoeists paddle on Loch Tay at Kenmore, Perthshire
  • Two canoeists paddle on Loch Morlich in Glenmore Forest Park, part of the Cairngorms National Park, Highlands
    Canoeing on Loch Morlich in Glenmore Forest Park, part of the Cairngorms National Park, Highlands

With over 800 islands, beautiful sea lochs and white water rivers, Scotland is one of the best locations in the world for canoeing. Whether you prefer a solitary paddle or canoeing with friends or family, there are plenty opportunities to take to the water.

It is an ideal way to explore Scotland’s stunning scenery and discover amazing wildlife as you paddle along at your own pace. Many activity centres across the country offer canoeing trips for all ages and abilities. You can choose from a few hours paddling in the water, or extend this to multi-day trips to remote lochs where you will discover Scotland’s true wilderness.

Elie Watersports in Fife gives beginners an excellent chance to get to grips with canoeing on the calm waters of the sheltered bay. The more experienced canoeist can venture further out from the bay for more of a challenge.

Over on the west coast, explore the beautiful Outer Hebrides by canoe and enjoy a guided canoe tour from companies including Harris Outdoor Adventure. Other popular locations which are ideal for canoeing include the rivers Tay and Spey, as well as Loch Lomond and Loch Earn. Loch Morlich Watersports near Aviemore also offers a range of courses in canoeing and several other watersports.

The Great Glen Canoe Trail which is the first of its kind in Scotland, is a 60 mile stretch of the Caledonian Canal running from Fort William to Inverness and should not be missed. For more information, download the trail map.

There are also a range of caneoing courses available via the Scottish Canoe Association.

Browse the listings below to find more canoeing in Scotland.

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  1. Pinkston Watersports


    Multi-activity Centre



    Discover your new favourite sport at Pinkston Watersports! All activities are available at the centre just 1 mile from Glasgow City Centre, suitable for all group sizes and are run by specialist activity providers.

  2. Venture Mòr


    Multi-activity Centre



    Welcome to Venture Mòr. We are an activity adventure company based in the Highlands. Choose from mountain biking, road cycling, walking, climbing, kayaking, yoga retreats and wellbeing breaks. Take a look at our website for more inspiration

  3. Tree-ditions Woodland Crafts School


    Multi-activity Centre


    East Linton

    Tree-ditions Woodland Crafts School provides Bushcraft, Survival, Primitive Technology, Green Woodworking and Coppice Crafts Courses. Come and immerse yourself in nature in our woods while learning traditional woodsman skills.

  4. Whiteadder Watersports Centre


    Sailing Schools



    Fully equipped Royal Yachting Association Training Centre delivering accredited dinghy sailing courses for children and adults.

  5. Gradings


    Sea Kayak day trips, introduction to sea kayaking, sea kayak coaching and guiding.

  6. Stramash - Outdoor Adventure Activities


    Multi-activity Centre



    Stramash deliver a wide range of outdoor activities in Oban and Argyll.

  7. Outdoor Explore





    Bespoke kayak tours across Central Scotland on lochs, rivers & sea.

  8. Loch Lomond Boat Hire


    Power Boating



    Loch Lomond Boat Hire is a family-run business offering a range of activities on Loch Lomond including fishing, wildlife spotting and pleasure cruising.

  9. WildFox Events Ltd


    Cycle Routes



    WildFox Events is the UK’s original adventure challenge company, pioneering some of the UK’s toughest outdoor challenges and helping to raise more than £30 million for charity causes, both here in the UK and internationally.

  10. Gradings


    Paddling Together Whatever The Weather Come aboard our 26 ft long Voyageur canoe and paddle on Loch Goil, experience the breath-taking scenery of Argyll from the water. Paddling together as crew making it a suitable activity for all to enjoy.


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