Canoeing & Kayaking
White Water Kayaking
White water kayaking in the Outdoor Capital is without a doubt world class and the area has become renowned as having some of the most challenging rivers in the United Kingdom. Snowgoose Mountain Centre are the white water kayaking specalists in the area, so take a trip and start your white water kayak adventure with them.
The River Nevis is known as the local test piece for most and there are over 20 rivers above grade 3 within half an hours drive of Fort William. As well as the known classics such as the Nevis, Roy, Etive and Moriston there are also the lesser known creeks that are abundant.
If the hectic pace of white water kayaking is not your thing and you prefer a day on the briny sea then look no further. Fort William and Lochaber has an amazing choice of sea kayaking trips available from a few hours on Loch Eil or the sound of Arisaig to multi day trips into special places such as Knoydart and open crossings to the Islands from Mallaig and Arisaig. Sea Kayaking around Scotland's west coast is without a doubt world class with adventures for all levels.
The coastal waters around Lochaber offer a variety of sea kayaking that is among the best in the world. We’ve got everything from multi-day trips in exposed tidal waters to a gentle evening paddle along a secluded shoreline. Lochaber is also an excellent base when starting out on longer trips around the Islands of Mull and Skye or the islands off Argyll. Long sandy beaches, deserted islands, stunning mountain scenery, sheltered sea lochs; tide rips and overfalls with fearsome reputation, sea cliffs and caves. Sea kayaking around Lochaber offers a unique opportunity to explore these riches and there are many more secrets to discover.
There are also some fantastic open canoeing trips on offer in the Fort William and surrounding area. The start or end of the Caledonian Canal is just 4 miles out of Fort William and there are many great wilderness adventures available around the coastline and on the inland lochs. Wilderness Guides and Snowgoose Mountain Centre specialises in a unique range of guided canoe trips in the area so if you fancy exploring a river, fresh water loch or a more challenging coastal route they offer anything from a day trip to a long distance routes.
Routes and Trails
The Great Glen Canoe Trail
The Great Glen Canoe Trail runs from Fort William on the west coast to Inverness on the east along the Caledonian Canal. It follows the natural geological fault line, amongst stunning scenery and interesting stretches was built nearly 200 years ago and is becoming more and more popular with people wishing to paddle this stunning 60 mile route.
The trail can be paddled in either open canoes or sea kayaks over 3 to 5 days depending on the size of your group, your experience and the weather conditions. Touring kayaks are becoming more popular too and are also suitable for shorter day trips.
So what is No Fuss all about? Well basically we love the outdoors, we love events and the fun, camaraderie and craic. We have tried to strip back some of the rules and regulations involved with sport that can be a wee bit off putting at times.
Rockhopper Sea Kayaking is a fully mobile provider of guided sea kayaking trips and sea kayaking instruction based near Fort William on the West Coast of Scotland.
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