Opportunity Finder

Mountain Water Expeditions – Sea Kayaking Residential – The Great Glen

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 sea kayaks.

Over the five days we will use the Great Glen Loch side campsites and some of the wilder traveller’s rest areas.
The Great Glen Coast to Coast sea kayak 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 sea kayak paddling skills.

Depending on wind conditions, we may also be able to sail the sea kayaks. We aim to finish the expedition in Dochgarroch, which is just outside of Inverness, again dependent on weather conditions.

Five days paddling from Neptune Staircase locks (Banavie) 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 loch side – four nights. There will be toilet and warm showering facilities available on most nights.

Kayaking Standard:
This expedition is suitable for those with little kayaking 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 Neptune Staircase locks (Banavie) on the first morning of the Gold Residential where there is ample car parking.

The price of the trip includes: all sea kayaking /camping equipment (excluding sleeping bag and camping mat), coaching and guiding, Great Glen fees, all expedition type food (apart from lunches).


31st to 4th August 2022

7th to 11th August 2022

14th to 18th August 2022

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:
Great Glen - Scotland
Course fee:
£575.00 per / person

Opportunity Finder

This link opens an external site. All content is not affiliated with DofE. Please click proceed if you understand these risks.