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“sea kayaking”(4 reviews)
“great glen”(4 reviews)
Here at Explore Highland, we love the great outdoors.Based centrally in the Capital of the Scottish Highlands, Inverness is surrounded by beautiful landscapes, wildlife, but best of all, a plentiful supply of water for open canoeing, river kayaking...more
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Clachnaharry Road | Clachnaharry Works Lock, Inverness IV3 8RA, Scotland
+44 1463 715929
Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed 24 February 2012

We have a new hobby! we loved every minute of it and will definitely be returning for another adventure. The scenery on the Findhorn River was breathtaking, we experienced views which we would have never see on land. Donald's enthusiasm, experience and passion for canoeing...More

5  Thank Kalice2
Most Helpful Critical Review
Reviewed 10 July 2018

We only decided to give two stars because the first mistake was ours. We are Canadian and had booked the 4 hour paddle board tour to be a highlight of our trip. It took some time to find the website to book and it was...More

2  Thank Katie F
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Excellent, challenging activity for the family. Donald was a great coach and guide. Humour, knowledgeable and encouraging. Pushed us to our limits, kept it fun, but also held safety in mind. We had 3 in our party for the group of 8. It was tandems,...More

Thank Orangsd
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

My husband and I were super excited to do the kayaking trip on Loch Ness and traveled to Scotland for the day to do it. Upon booking, I did read the terms & conditions notice where it said that if sufficient numbers were not reached,...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

5 stars for Explore Highland for their friendliness, enthusiasm, expert coaching, patience, motivation, superb location choices, adaptability, organisation, equipment, and most importantly tea and biscuits :-) Both trips were above and beyond my expectations. It's all about the journey :-)

Thank Mairi-J-N
Reviewed 3 October 2018

From Fort William to Inverness on a Canadian canoe. amazing, thrilling, bit scary, I would do it again in a heat bit. good organization, lots of fun and banter.

Thank tatianaw651
Reviewed 12 September 2018

Two of us rented a canoe and equipment for a week. When picking up our canoe and on the shuttle, Donald was absolutely fantastic. He was helpful and informative and the equipment he provided was in perfect condition. Would highly recommend!

Thank Lucy J
Reviewed 4 September 2018

We are a family of four (2 kids - 10 & 11). We wanted to paddle on the Caledonian Canal, and found 'Explore Highland' so we did the Paddle Loch Ness trip. We had a great time. Donald is a great host and as we...More

Thank Gary O
Reviewed 4 September 2018

I bought this trip for my Dad's birthday (late 60s) but I went with him, and my three kids (aged 8 - 15). We all thoroughly enjoyed the afternoon. It was a little wet but it didn't spoil the amazing tranquility of the gorge, or...More

1  Thank MoFamilyInverness
Reviewed 31 August 2018

The sup session was fantastic very patient coach gained a lot of insight into paddle boarding will definitely be doing it again very enjoyable experience everything needed provided all you need is a will to give it a go

Thank Archerjim
Reviewed 28 August 2018

This was a first for my family, and turned out to be one of the best things we've done. We went to a local river (because of the weather), and were given excellent instruction on paddling. The equipment was good, and I like the fact...More

Thank jmk2792
Reviewed 9 August 2018

I arranged an evening paddle boarding trip of four hours. I contacted Donald by email to check whether it would be suitable for a novice and was surprised by how prompt the reply was considering his working hours are spent out doors. \Booking and payment...More

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James O
26 April 2018|
Response from Donald M | Property representative |
Hi James, Not sure which canoeing trip you are interested in. If under 12 years old, I recommend the 4 hour/half day trips. Any longer they may find it a little too long and tire. Happy to take kids (accompanied with... More