“Back Up” Great Glen Expedition 2017
Every year we work in partnership with the Spinal injuries Charity “Back Up” A team of 5 young people who have spinal cord injuries, and so are partially paralysed, join up with their able bodied ‘buddies’ to travel across Scotland using double kayaks through the Great Glen, from Fort William to Inverness. This is a journey of nearly 70 miles, crossing Loch Ness and travelling along the Caledonian Canal. We support the group with kayaking guides, safety boats and a land crew. The journey raises considerable funds for Back Up and is always a great experience for everyone who takes part. If you want to support this expedition or find out more about Back Up please get in touch.
Back Up website www.backup.org.uk
Great Glen Caledonian Canal Expedition
This is the classic “Caledonian Canal Expedition”. Taking 4-5 days Adventures Unlimited Scotland can lead you through the Great Glen across Scotland by double or single kayak, or in our Sail Boat “Flying Dutchman”. The route travels across some of Scotland finest inland lochs, including the famous Loch Ness, connected by sections of the Caledonian Canal.
We can camp at a number of locations along the way, sometimes at locks where there are toilets and showers available, others at ‘wilderness sites’ where facilities are more limited. Alternatively we can arrange hostel or hotel accommodation on the way with transport to and from the water each day, anything is possible!
This is a fairly easy trip requiring little previous experience, although it is quite a long journey and some of the lochs are large with big waves at times.
Please contact us if you would like to arrange a Great Glen expedition for your group.
Example cost: £450 per person for a group of 10 participants.
The River Spey flows from the Cairngorm Mountains to the North Sea. A full journey takes 5 to 6 days by open canoe, with camping by the river each night. The river passes some of Scotland’s finest Distilleries on the way and through a number of sporting estates. Deer, Ospreys and other wildlife can be easily spotted from the river. The river is gentle in places, but has a number of rapids which can be paddled or ‘portaged’. This trip needs some canoe experience and a reasonable level of fitness. If a full descent isn’t suitable we can provide shorter trips of various level of difficulty and length to suit any ability. Please contact us if you would like to arrange a Spey Descent for your group.
Example Cost: £450 per person for a group of 10 participants
Raasay and Rona
Circumnavigation of Raasay and Rona, 3 – 4 days, this is a classic trip providing a wildernes experience in relatively sheltered waters. Visit the castle and Church Cave on Rona, sites steeped in history, and see ‘Calums Road’ built by one man by hand to link the ends of the island. This can also be RIB supported if required, and involves some short open crossings. Some sea kayaking experience is required for this trip.
Loch Carron to Applescross
3 days, 2 nights camping – visit Plockton, location of the Hamish Macbeth TV series, see the famous Sky Bridge and maybe paddle under it, cross to the Crowlin Isles if the weather permits and then head north along the coast to the village of Applecross and its famous pub!
Example cost for either sea expedition: £220 per person for a group of 8 participants (excludes RIB support)
Sea Kayaking Expeditions
Please contact us by mail at: firstname.lastname@example.org or phone us on 07770 885619 if you would like to discuss a sea kayak expedition for your group.