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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. 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.

  2. Sea Kayak Argyll

    Type

    Kayaking

    Gradings

    Dunoon

    Sea Kayak Argyll offers sea kayak journeys and coaching around the Clyde, Cowal Penninsula and magical Isle of Bute. In addition, we can provide Mountain Leaders, Mountain Bike Leaders, Rock Climbing, Canoe coaching and 1st Aid Instruction.

  3. Harris Outdoor Adventure

    Type

    Multi-activity Centre

    Gradings

    South Harris

    Welcome to Harris Outdoor Adventure

  4. Loch Awe Boats

    Type

    Fisheries

    Gradings

    Dalmally

  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. 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.

  7. East Neuk Outdoors

    Type

    Canoeing

    Gradings

    Anstruther

    Try your hand at archery, canoeing or one of the many other fun activities available from East Neuk Outdoors.

  8. Wilderness Scotland Winter Sports

    Type

    Multi-activity Centre

    Gradings

    Aviemore

    Welcome to Wilderness Scotland Winter Sports

  9. Activities at Raasay House

    Type

    Multi-activity Centre

    Gradings

    Inverarish

    Raasay is a spectacular location for holidays, day activities and special events. Enjoy adventure, fun, wildlife and tranquillity on one of Scotland's most beautiful islands.

  10. Wild By Nature

    Type

    Multi-activity Centre

    Gradings

    Loch Lomond Area

    Wild by Nature provide a range of Eco Adventure experiences, expeditions and events. We provide a range of hands on, eco aware, fun safari style adventure experiences.

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