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Rannoch Crossing by Open Canoe

Advanced Level - 5 days | Prices from £575.00

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Starting from the high point of Loch Ba in the West we will paddle East connecting the loch and rivers to finish on the banks of the River Tay. The full repertoire of canoe skills on open water and rivers will be used. We will camping along the way.

Please meet at Glenmore Lodge on the Sunday evening at 2000. This allows us to get as much packed as possible before heading off the next morning.

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Cost (with accommodation): £575.00
Cost (with accommodation): £575.00

Is It For Me?

This is a Classic Scottish Open Canoe journey, world class. It connects the wet high moor down to one of the countries biggest rivers – the river Tay. Connecting all of the lochs and rivers along the way we will utilise the full repertoire of canoe skills – river running, sailing, poling, snubbing, paddling and portaging. The decision of what skill to use when will be at the forefront of our minds.

Travelling by canoe, camping along the way and paddling some stunning waterways. If you are up for the challenge then we would love to have you along. Bring a sense of adventure and a strong mind are we will show why Scotland is an amazing canoeing country.

Course Aims

This aims to take you on a truly incredible world class canoe journey.

This Highlands journey is suitable for those who have had quite a bit of open canoeing experience; we would recommend 20-30 days paddling experience that covers both wind effected open water (force 3-4) and rivers up to and including grade 3. During the journey we will look at many paddling skills as well as the skills to camp overnight and have an enjoyable journey.

Course Content

You will usually be in a group of around six, with one instructor. Meeting your instructor on the evening before provides an opportunity to discuss people’s experience and aspirations, which along with the weather forecast and water levels will enable us to plan the weeks’ journey with you. This allows us to get packed and sorted as much as we can for a quicker start on the next morning. The journey is normally completed in tandem boats (2 people to a boat), but there is every opportunity to paddle solo if requested / wanted.

This is a general outline of the journey and changes may be made due to weather, local conditions and paddling ability.

The course will begin with packing the equipment and food for the week at Glenmore Lodge then driving west to Loch Ba.  There we will have a session packing the boats before a short paddle to camp.  All camping will be wild camping.

On the Tuesday we will paddle down towards the Abhain Ba and Loch Laidon where we will aim to set up camp on Loch Eigheach.

Wednesday is spent again paddling and we will get the opportunity to try portaging our boats onto the River Guar and down towards Loch Rannoch. The aim today is to get Dunalsitair water.

Thursday takes us onto the Tummel system which will take us to the Get out at Ballinluig on the River Tay on Friday.

While on this journey we will be able to spend time coaching and developing your personal paddling. We will develop additional canoe specific skills to help you leave the course feeling confident to safely paddle in similar environments with friends. As part of this safety and rescue is essential and we will look at a variety of aspects of this during the week.

In addition to this you will benefit from your instructors wealth of knowledge of additional canoe paddling venues around the UK, and more than likely the rest of the world. Stories will be told and hopefully you will leave inspired and with knowledge to confidently take your paddling to other parts of the UK and beyond.

What Will I Need?

Glenmore Lodge has a large and very comprehensive store of up to date clothing and equipment. You are welcome to use your own equipment and pick and choose odd items from the store. Your instructor will want to check that personal equipment is appropriate for the activity.

If you are thinking about buying equipment but are not too sure what to get we would advise you to come and try our equipment and then make your purchases after the course. We have a range of most equipment items you can try during the course and there is advice on hand from other students as well as the staff.

Our open boats are all new from Hou Canoes, Wenonah and Venture Canoes.

Our paddling clothing is from Peak and we have a wide range tailored to your discipline.

We use a range of paddles from Grey Owl, Downcreek, Endless River and Werner Paddles. There are specialist additional open boating items such as paddles, poles and sails.


  • Buoyancy aids
  • Helmets
  • Spray decks
  • Cags
  • Wet suits
  • Wet suit bootees
  • Small drybags
  • Dry suits (only for out of season kayak courses)
  • Paddling Trousers
  • Pogies
  • Paddling Neoprene Gloves/mitts
  • Towlines
  • Split Paddles


Listed here are the essentials; this is not an exhaustive list.

  • Informal clothing for leisure wear
  • Insulating layers – at least two mid weights
  • Fleece/insulated jacket
  • Waterproof jacket
  • Hat & gloves***
  • Vacuum Flask & Water Bottle ***
  • Box or bag for packed lunch.
  • Blister kit/ small first aid kit
  • Personal toiletries & medications (towels are provided)
  • Sun cream – you just never know! ***
  • Sunhat and sun glasses & cord
  • Insect repellent – it may be midgey!***
  • Spare towel
  • An alarm clock
  • Waterproof notebook ***

Glenmore Lodge has a pool, sauna, gym & climbing wall, so don’t forget your swimming/gym/climbing kit!

Items marked *** are available in our shop subject to availability.

Remember the price is all inclusive

We want our customers to easily know what their course will cost, up front and in the open. Accommodation on the night before and the nights during your course, pick up from the train station (Friday and Sunday evenings only), breakfast, lunch, cake break and dinner are all included. All transportation on the course, centre facilities & any equipment you borrow are also part of the package.

Course Pre-Requisites

20-30 days paddling experience that covers both wind effected open water (force 3-4) and rivers up to and including grade 3.

Fitness for 5 days camping and expeditioning.

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A truly magnificent experience
King Graeme Reviewed on 26/08/2018
Course Content
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What’s included on your course

  • Instruction
  • Use of kit
  • Shuttle bus to Glenmore Lodge (departs Aviemore station 5:20pm on Friday and Sundays)
  • Packed lunch and afternoon tea each day
  • In-course transport

What’s included if you choose the residential option – As above PLUS

  • Bed in shared en-suite room – available from 3pm on day before your course starts *

(Single rooms may be available for a supplementary charge, please ask at reception when you arrive)

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner for each course day (except one day and back-to-back courses)
  • Use of the facilities at Glenmore Lodge
  • Linen is provided along with a towel, you may wish to bring an extra towel if you would like to use the facilities or are on a paddlesport course

Arriving at Glenmore Lodge

  • For more information on travel to the Lodge click here
  • Your first inclusive meal is breakfast (7:45 -8:30am) An evening meal is not provided on your arrival night, but bar meals are available in our Lochain bar 5pm to 9pm (5-7pm on Mondays and Tuesdays)
  • Packed lunches are collected at breakfast
  • On Mondays and Saturdays only there will be a 10 minute welcome talk at 8.15am, on other days you will meet your instructor at 9am. The daily programme of your course will be discussed with your instructor when you first meet, taking into account aspirations and prevailing weather conditions

On your last day

  • Check out time is 10am on the final day of your booking, we have changing areas, showers and left luggage facilities on site
  • All courses will finish by 5pm
  • On Fridays and Sundays we offer a drop off to Aviemore station, leaving Glenmore Lodge at 5pm, please contact us at least 24 hours in advance if you would like to book this service

*some exceptions – see detailed course notes

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