Day 1 – Banavie to Loch Lochy
We launch just above Neptune’s Staircase on the Caledonian Canal. This section is gentle and sheltered allowing us to hone up our canoeing skills for the journey ahead. We'll pitch camp either at Gairlochy or we'll carry on out into Loch Lochy and camp on the north shore amongst the trees.
Day 2 – Loch Lochy to Loch Oich
This section begins on the open water of Loch Lochy, followed by a beautiful tree-lined section of canal, then into Loch Oich, the smallest of the Great Glen’s lochs. There will be some portaging around lock gates but this is all part of the open canoe journey! We'll make camp on the picturesque south shore of Loch Oich.
Day 3 – Loch Oich to Loch Ness
Today we cross over the half way point so it's all down hill from here on! We'll follow the Caladonian canal to Fort Augustus, or if conditions allow, and the group is up for a bit of white water, we'll paddle the River Oich which also runs into Loch Ness at Fort Augustus. Here we'll stock up on supplies before we head out into the expanse of Loch Ness. Wild camping tonight on the south shore at or near Foyers.
Day 4 – Foyers to Dores
We'll be paddling the spectacular Loch Ness all day today. If the wind allows we can rig up some sails and do a spot of canoe sailing to give our arms a much needed rest. Camping is at Dores where there is also a friendly Inn giving us the option to treat ourselves to a pub meal (the food is excellent and reasonably priced).
Day 5 – Dores to Inverness
We soon leave Loch Ness behind us and enter Loch Dochfour. From here we'll take the Caladonian canal or the River Ness (if water levels allow) for our last leg of the journey, finishing at Muirtown Locks in Inverness. After sorting our kit, we say our goodbyes and go our separate ways, hopefully feeling happy, revitalised, inspired (and knackered!)