Family Canoe Adventure
Spend a day with your family exploring one of many lochs and beaches by canoe. Feel closer to nature in the shadow of rocky peaks and shorelines as you discover wildlife on and in the water.
Pause on a beach to search rock pools and discover natural treasures or an island only accessible by boat to explore untouched woodland. Cook over a fire, brew coffee on a wood burning stove, and generally forget about the hectic pace of modern life.
All these elements combine to create moments and memories that will define your stay for years to come.
Activity Level Leisurely2/8
Group Size Medium Group6
During a family canoe adventure you and your family will explore a suitable loch under the leadership of one of our guides. On the water you will be able to view the landscape from a unique perspective and, hopefully, get closer to the wildlife.
On all our canoe adventures you will be accompanied by a fully qualified and experienced local guide who is there to ensure you get the best out of your trip whether it is a half or full day. They will offer advice on efficient paddling, look after your safety throughout the trip and highlight any wildlife and local cultural or historical sights.
The price is £80 per adult and £50 per child. We can take a maximum of six people from one family with a ration of one adult to two children. Adults must be the legal guardian or parent of every child in the group. If you wish to combine two families together at the time of booking, this is perfectly acceptable. We will only combine families if the first booking is for three people.
The minimum age we can currently take on our tours is 6 years as that is the limit of our current buoyancy aids and also an age at which we feel children can take an active part throughout most of a canoe adventure. Depending upon weather conditions, it may be necessary to put small children in a canoe with two older people.
After meeting at 10:00 am followed by introductions and a chat about the weather and tide forecasts, your guide will equip you as necessary. As changing facilities are currently very limited, so please come ‘dressed’ for the day.
Adults and willing teenagers may be asked to help move and lift canoes during the day. Please let your guide know if this is going to be difficult for you or if you have any medical concerns that may affect your participation in the day.
We hope that you will stay dry, but occasionally people do capsize canoes and it does sometimes rain so please act and dress appropriately. Please also bring spare clothes for the children as they feel the cold.
We aim to return by 4.00 pm after leisurely paddle, explore and great time.
And keep your fingers crossed for an otter to make an appearance!
The following are included in all family canoe adventures:
- Qualified and experienced guide throughout your journey
- High quality, stable canoes
- Paddles in a size to suit you
- Buoyancy aid to fit – children’s sizes also available.
- Waterproof paddlesport jacket & trousers (if desired) – we have been unable to source any high quality waterproofs for children. Sorry!
- One 30 litre plastic barrel per boat (to put your belongings in during the trip)
Please feel free to use your own paddle sport equipment as long as it confirms to current UK safety standards and best practices.
The following is a non-exhaustive list of things that are not included as standard:
- Clothes to wear under our waterproofs suitable for the weather (please avoid jeans and cotton clothes; modern outdoor clothing will be an exclellent choice)
- Extra jumper or jacket as it may be cold on the water
- Shoes to wear whilst paddling (these will get wet)
- Sunhat or beanie (depending upon conditions)
- Sunglasses & retainer cord (if you wear glasses normally, please ensure they are secured by a retainer of some form)
- Water bottle and snacks
- Spare clothes and towel (just in case!)
We will supply you with a high quality waterproof jacket and trousers (if desired) designed specifically for paddle sports. They won’t keep you dry if you fall in, but will keep most of the rain and wind off (thereby keeping you much warmer).
You will need to decide what to wear underneath these. We would suggest that any modern outdoor of fitness related clothing would be suitable. Modern materials are excellent at wicking away moisture from your body and also dry very quickly compared to cotton, wool and denim (jeans) which should all be avoided.
It can be colder on the water than you think as you will be more open to the wind, so please dress accordingly or at least bring a spare jumper with you.
This is especially important with children as their body temperature can drop quite rapidly as they become more exhausted from prolonged exercise.
We do not provide any footwear so you will need to bring your own. When getting in and out of the canoes, you are very likely to get wet feet, so bring an old pair of shoes as well as a pair to change into after the trip. We would suggest something with a reasonable grip on the bottom as you are likely to walk over wet rocks and seaweed which may be slippery.
Changing facilities are currently very limited at our base, so please come dressed ready for the activity.
Unless agreed in advance, you should meet at our base adjacent to Otterburn Bed & Breakfast where there is parking available for a few cars.
From here we will decide on the most suitable location based upon the weather (especially the wind) and the group. This may be a short drive (possibly 20 minutes) away and we may ask you to use your vehicle as well as ours to enable us to maximise our time on the water.
Family canoe adventures meet at 10.00 am and you should expect to be back at our base roughly 5.00 pm.
Please arrive at this time as our guide will be preparing for the day until that point and will brief everyone together before equipping you all for the day.
It is not practical to allow pets of any sort on our trips; our guides are trained to look after people and not animals.
In many places we visit at various times of year the wildlife is very sensitive and easily disturbed by animals that do not normally reside there.
Our definition of ‘bad weather’ is anything from force 4 winds (13+ mph / 20+ km/h) on the Beaufort scale and above as this makes it very hard to control the canoes and make progress (except downwind).
For these reasons, we always look at the weather forecasts on the day of the journey and make a decision on location and trip that morning.
If it is too windy and no suitable location is available, we will cancel the trip and refund your money (please see our cancellation policy for full details).
Rain is not a reason for us to cancel a trip which is why we include use of our waterproofs in the cost of the trip. Please dress appropriate to the conditions and make the most of what may well be an evocative day on the water…
Family canoe adventures are an ideal way to explore the lochs, rocky coastline and beaches of the Ardnamurchan Peninsulas. You will be able to share the paddling between two people in one very stable canoe and work together to make progress should the wind pick up a little.
You do not need any previous experience of paddling (although it does help) as our guides will show you an efficient way of paddling and offer tips to steer the boat as the journey progresses.
As long as you have a basic level of fitness that enables you to undertake light to moderate exercise that causes you to be slightly out of breath, you should be fine paddling for half a day.
If you are in any doubt, please consult your own doctor before booking. If you feel there is a medical issue you would like to discuss with us before booking, then please do get in touch using whatever method you wish.