The Great Glen Experience
The Great Glen runs from Fort William all the way to Inverness. It is one
of Scotland's scenic marvels and needs to be seen to be appreciated.
Here at T.M.M. we have the perfect way to show this outstanding area off,
a 5 day adventure in our inflatable kayaks.
Now the goal will be to leave Fort William (at Banavie) and go all the way
to Inverness or vice versa, however the aim will always be to ensure you
have a relaxing and fun time when out with us.
Scotland's infamous weather may not always allow us to complete the
whole route but we will always ensure you have a fantastic time and not
put any pressure on our guests to carry on regardless.
Your safety and comfort come first, we will always strive to ensure you
have the best of times and if cutting short a day is in the best interest of
everyone concerned then we will do so. Rushing such beauty just to reach
the end would be a real shame and a missed opportunity.
The Great Glen is not vehicle supported, we carry the kit in our kayaks and there will be a degree of moving the kit between locks, there is no rush to do this and we will all help each other. Note this is a wild camping experience, making camp and camp life involves everyone, there is no butler available and everybody is required to do their bit in and around camp.
Here is the plan (subject to change as weather conditions dictate):
Day 1: Banavie to Loch Lochy
After pickups we will head straight to Fort William and the start of the trail at Banavie where we will prepare and begin our journey following the Caledonian Canal. This will be a gentle introduction and give you time to get acquainted with your kayak and how it handles, starting of from the locks known as Neptune’s staircase. As we pass Gairlochy you will get your first taste of open water as we enter into Loch Lochy and make camp.
Day 2: Loch Lochy to Kytra
After a stunning first night and some well earned rest we will set off staying close to the shore as we make our way across Loch Lochy, although it doesn't look like it the loch is part of the Caledonian Canal and will be a stunning day filled with beautiful scenes, we will take our time and take plenty of photo’s no doubt. At the end of Loch Lochy is a more recognisable canal which will lead us into Loch Oich and our 2nd stretch of open water, the scenery here will not disappoint and as we edge back into a more recognisable stretch of canal and the nights camp there are sure to be some last looks back.
Day 3: Kytra - Foyers (Loch Ness)
The start of day 3 will be gentile as we prepare for the mighty Loch Ness, possibly the world's most famous inland waterway and the largest loch in Scotland by volume of water, interesting fact: Loch Ness contains more water than all the lakes in England and Wales combined.
And then there is the monster, or to us oor Nessie, now don't worry Oor Nessie is a friendly sole but timid and hey if she does hang around long enough for a good photo think of the money you could make lol.
Loch Ness itself is a monster of a waterway and so we will be camping halfway across and you will get to spend the night on the shores of this famous and beautiful loch.
Day 4: Foyers to Dores
Day 2 on "The Loch" and we will pass Urquhart Castle, a different view point than most get of this ancient monument built in the 13th century.
At the end of the day we will head into gentler waters and towards the night camp to reflect on 3 mighty achievements of traversing Lochs Lochy, Oich and Ness.
Day 5: Dores to Inverness
Our last day or morning will traverse quickly as we head to Inverness and meet our transport. Gentle water mostly with the exception of the odd passing boats. Sad faces all round as we come to the pontoon where we will unload and pack but hey it is T.M.M. nobody is in a rush, we don't do timings. If our transport waits 10 minutes, an hour or 4 hours for us it will be there, enjoy your last day, enjoy the last looks and enjoy the whole experience.
By the end celebrate your achievement because let us tell you it will be an achievement to be proud of and look back on. Well done. Our timings allow for bad weather and we may push on or slack off depending on the weather at any time and as the group agrees.
This is a challenge, over 50 miles in 5 days seems fairly easy and with the right weather conditions it will be but please remember it is Scotland and sometimes, now and then, we do not get the right weather conditions, your guide will make judgement calls and you may finish early one (or more) days if weather is bad and/or start earlier the next day to make up time or take advantage of the good weather.
Leaving early is possible but at your own expense, our van is booked to meet us at our finish location, wherever that ends up, it will not return until day 5.
All Inclusive Price: £295.00
Included in your trip:
- Travel from and back to Glasgow City Centre, (other pickups by arrangement) - Kayaks, safety vests - Assorted refreshments in mini bus
- All required equipment for overnight camps, including tents (hammocks available on request), sleeping bags, rucksack style dry bags, etc
- Dinner - Breakfast - A selection of beverages on site, incl tea and coffee
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Note: we will supply everyone with safety equipment including vests (unless bringing your own), all boats will travel together throughout and all your kit will be placed in dry sacks with rucksack style straps. Each boat will have it's own individual sail so if the weather allows we can power through the water for a spell, these are simple to use sails and can deploy quickly.
It is advisable to bring good waterproof shoes for getting in and out the boats and ensure you have dry clothes to change into when we hit camp, oh and a towel.