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For many of you the final section you need to finish off the long process to achieve your Gold Award may be that additional residential section.

If that is the case, or you just want it out of the way, then why not join us for our five-day Gold DofE Residential up in the Highlands of Scotland. We will be travelling across Scotland in open canoes. Over the five days we will use the Great Glen lock side campsites and some of the wilder traveller’s rest areas.

The Great Glen Coast to Coast canoe expedition takes in short sections of the Caledonian Canal to link Loch Lochy, Loch Oich and Loch Ness. This expedition will see you paddling from the west coast to the east coast of Scotland navigating these magnificent waterways.

Over the course of this trip you may have to contend with big waves, mirror calm waters and some exhilarating sailing, such is the nature of the ever-changing Great Glen.

During this DofE Gold Residential, expert coaching will be provided to help develop your open canoe paddling skills. Depending on wind conditions, we may also be able to sail the canoes.

We aim to finish the expedition in Inverness, again dependent on weather conditions, with a transfer back to Corpach if required. On the final day we will get off the water at approximately 2pm and be back in Corpach by 5pm.


Five days paddling from Corpach to Inverness (Please note this trip is very wind and weather dependent – please email or see below for a more detailed itinerary).


Camping by the lock side – four nights. There will be toilet and warm showering facilities available on most nights.

Canoeing Standard:

This expedition is suitable for those with little canoeing experience as well as experienced paddlers who prefer a guided trip. Please note that there will be some portaging round the locks on canal sections.

Meeting Place:

We will meet at Corpach lochs on the first morning of the Gold residential where there is ample car parking.

The price of the trip includes: all canoe /camping equipment (excluding sleeping bag and camping mat), coaching and guiding, Great Glen fees, all expedition type food and shuttle cost back to Corpach Locks if needed.

Residential One:

17th August 2020 to 21st August 2020

Residential Two:

24th August to 28th August 2020 – (Gold participants aged 18 years of age and over)

Mountain Water Expeditions is a Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Approved Activity Provider (AAP) for the residential section of the gold award.

For further information or to book a place on this gold DofE residential please email [email protected]

Course date:
Course location:
Fort William
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