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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 Coe 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. Whitewave Activities

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    Multi-activity Centre

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    Trotternish

    Enjoy guided day walks, historic walks and environmental interpretation.

  2. Snowgoose Mountain Centre

    Type

    Multi-activity Centre

    Gradings

    Fort William

    Snowgoose Mountain Centre based near the foot of Ben Nevis, in the West Highlands offers mountain and paddlesports holidays, instruction & guiding, along with canoe, kayak and mountain bike hire as well as half and full day activities.

  3. Centre 81

    Type

    Multi-activity Centre

    Gradings

    Garelochhead

    Centre 81 is a recently refurbished community centre offering a cafe, internet, free wi-fi, table tennis, outdoor equipment hire, nature trails and more.

  4. Craobh Haven Watersports

    Type

    Sailing Schools

    Gradings

    Lochgilphead

    Craobh Haven Watersports is a small family run business based in Argyll, offering high quality watersports activities.

  5. Venturing Out

    Type

    Multi-activity Centre

    Gradings

    East Lothian

    If you are holidaying in the Lothian’s and are looking for fun activities for all the family then you may wish to try kayaking, canoeing, sea kayaking, mountain biking, trail cycling, rock climbing, abseiling, bushcraft or hill walking.

  6. Gulabin Lodge Outdoor Centre

    Type

    Multi-activity Centre

    Gradings

    Blairgowrie and East Perthshire

    Welcome to Gulabin Lodge Outdoor Centre

  7. Skye Activities

    Type

    Multi-activity Centre

    Gradings

    Uig

    Join Skye Activities for boat trips including whale spotting and fishing trips, waterskiing and mountain bike hire.

  8. Gradings

    • 3 Activity Centre
    3 Activity Centre

    Aviemore

    Enjoy a variety of fun activities on a beach in the mountains at Loch Morlich Watersports.

  9. Galloway Activity Centre

    Type

    Multi-activity Centre

    Gradings

    • 4 Activity Centre
    4 Activity Centre

    New Galloway

    Experience a range of water sports and land based activities at this activity centre situated on the shore of Loch Ken.

  10. Lagganlia Outdoor Centre

    Type

    Multi-activity Centre

    Gradings

    Kingussie

    Lagganlia Centre provides high quality residential Outdoor Learning courses and advanced Adventures and Expeditions, within the astounding natural environment of the Cairngorms National Park.

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