canoe - Up to 5 people
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Family Open Canoe Escape


Family time is the best time.

Time in nature is a close second.

Freshly made pizza and burgers might be right behind them...

Doing all that and a canoe adventure in one weekend, away from everyone else and with no cooking to do?

With these in mind, we are offering a unique experience for families with children from 10 years and older or for couples to 'get away from it all' and relax away from people and technology.

Each group is exclusive - only your family and me as your guide - with two days to explore and experience the wonders of the West Highland Peninsulas away from the visitors and car parks.

Food is included from Saturday lunch through to Sunday lunch with the opportunity to make your own pizza or burgers from scratch on Saturday evening! Something for everyone.

Sadly, I will not be able to provide as much locally sourced food as previously. Hopefully this may change as the summer progresses and I will do what I can when I can. Sorry.

I am there to ensure you get the most from your trip by tailoring it to your experiences and aspirations and will offer advice as necessary, perhaps on efficient paddling or putting up your tent. I also look after your safety throughout the trip and will highlight any wildlife that appears or can be found and probably tell you as many local cultural or historical stories as I know!

While I certainly intend you to stay in your canoe and dry, on very rare occasions people do capsize and fall in and it does (only occasionally) rain in Scotland, so please dress appropriately. Changing facilities are temporarily closed due to CV-19, so please come ‘dressed’ for the weekend and do your best to keep the canoe upright!

You may be asked to help move and lift canoes during the weekend, so please let us know if this is going to be difficult for you. Also, tell us if you have any medical or dietary concerns that may affect your participation in the day.

Above all, enjoy your adventure and keep your fingers crossed for an otter or eagle to make an appearance!

What to bring


  1. Sleeping bag
  2. Sleeping mat
  3. Extra warm clothes for the evening
  4. Head torch
  5. Personal wash kit & small towel
  6. Family first aid kit, including any personal medications
  7. We can supply plates, bowls, cutlery, etc. but you may prefer to bring your own


  1. Waterproof jacket and trousers (avoid bringing your best Goretex for water-based activities)
  2. Clothes to wear under your waterproofs (please avoid jeans and cotton clothes - outdoor or fitness clothing will be an excellent choice)
  3. Extra jumper as it may be cooler on the water
  4. Shoes to wear during the activity - these will get wet, so old trainers are fine
  5. Sunhat and beanie (one for day, the other for evening)
  6. Gloves for the evening
  7. Sunglasses (with retainer cord)
  8. Suncream and midge repellant
  9. Water bottle and snacks
  10. Spare clothes and towel (just in case)
  11. Personal accident and possessions insurance


The requirements for a canoe experience are minimal. You should:

  1. be at least 10 years old,
  2. have an average level of fitness,
  3. be prepared to have fun exploring on the water and land,
  4. enjoy being outdoors and working, generally, at a leisurely pace.

For all our activities under-18's must be accompanied on the activity by their parent or legal guardian.

Don't worry if:

  1. your height or weight are above average,
  2. lack experience in canoeing,
  3. or have a specific medical or dietary need.

If any of these do apply, please do contact us before booking and we will do our best to accommodate you on an adventure.


Day 1: 10:00 - Meet at Otter Adventures

Here we will give you a buoyancy aid and paddle in an appropriate size before heading on to the start location for your trip (wind dependent).

You will be travelling in your own vehicle in order to maintain social distancing.

We will canoe to an appropriate wild camp spot with all equipment and food where we will spend the night under the stars.

Tents as well as cooking and eating equipment will be provided, but you will need to bring sleeping bags, mats and other personal comping equipment.

Day 2:

After a hearty breakfast, we will canoe back in the direction of our cars, hopefully by a slightly different route, where we will aim to arrive around 15:00. This gives us time to make sure everyone has their own equipment and to load the canoes on the trailer.

Hopefully you will be on your way home around 16:00 with memories of an amazing weekend away from home, work and technology and stories to tell in the coming weeks.

Group discount available

£250 per adult
£140 per child
No times available



From the time of booking you have seven full days to change your mind, cancel your booking(s) and receive a full refund unless the booking was made 14 days or less prior to the start date of the trip (see below).

After this seven-day cancellation period and up to 8 days (15 for activities involving overnight stays) before the trip takes place, we will seek to reschedule your booking by offering you an alternative date, time or service. If this is not possible, we reserve the right to retain the deposit if refunding it would mean the cancellation of a multi-day trip, the trip running at a loss or Otter Adventures needing to pay for services no longer required as a direct result of you cancelling.

If during this period we are able to fill the place(s) you have cancelled, we will refund all monies paid by yourself.

With 7 days or less (14 for trips involving accommodation) notice, we will retain your deposit as it is unlikely that we will be very unlikely to fill the place(s) vacated by your cancellation at such short notice.

If you paid in full at the time of booking, an amount equal to 50% of the full fee will be retained and the remainder refunded.

If you choose to cancel on the day but the activity could go ahead, we will discuss this with you and agree an amicable resolution. We would prefer to reschedule your adventure (if possible) than cancel it.

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Where we'll meet

Although we will meet at Otter Adventures in Strontian, due to social distancing requirements, you will be asked to travel to the start location in your own vehicle. Sorry for the inconvenience.

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