Scotland canoeing holiday in North West Highlands
Description of Scotland canoeing holiday in North West Highlands
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1 Reviews of Scotland canoeing holiday in North West Highlands
4 out of 5 stars
Reviewed on 09 Sep 2022 by Linda Hadcocks
1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?
Stunning scenery, paddling and wild camping on secluded lochs in a small group. Our guide was excellent, very capable and knowledgeable.
2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?
It's very physical, but well worth the effort.A nice mix of paddling and walking in the remote highlands.
3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?
We made minimal impact on the environment; our guide was careful to ensure nothing from our meals (washing up/ unwanted food) went into the loch, and
we left no trace of our camping. We were careful not to destroy or disturb plant life at the edge of the lochs when beaching or carrying the boats.
4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?
As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we've screened this (and every) holiday so that you can travel knowing it will help support the places and people that you visit, and the planet. Read how below.
We are firmly committed to responsible tourism and all of our tours reflect that commitment. Our holidays are purposefully designed to provide a visitor experience that maximises the positive benefits of tourism while minimising any negative impacts.
Leave No Trace & Our Guides
We are staunch advocates of the Leave No Trace principles, in which our guides are fully trained. On all of our activities, our guides will ensure that the impact on the environment, wildlife and local community is minimised. Along the way, our guides will teach you how to do this so that the knowledge is spread on your travels in Scotland and further afield. Our guides are ambassadors for Scotland's wild places and are passionate about sharing their knowledge. Your guide will not only lead your activities but tell you all about Scotland's flora, fauna, geology, history and culture along the way.
Our trips focus on enjoying the landscapes through human power, so by walking, biking or paddling through them. We minimise motorised transports as much as possible.
This canoeing and walking holiday in the North West Highlands starts and finishes at a mainline train station to encourage the use of public transport. You will spend your days’ canoeing on beautiful lochs between the mountains, and even going up a hill or two! This way you get to really immerse yourself in the beautiful and wild scenery of the North West Highlands of Scotland.
Accommodation & Meals
This is an expedition-style trip with 4 nights camping and 2 nights in comfortable accommodation. Our guides will ensure that we treat each campsite with respect and leave no trace of our presence, managing our waste and packing in and out all of our supplies.
We’ve handpicked your two guesthouses on this trip and we take the provider’s Green Tourism credentials into account during our selection process and encourage where possible for our partners to reduce, reuse and recycle.
Scotland is known for its fantastic natural larder so we try to source all food and drink provided on the trip as much as possible locally, and endeavour to take our clients to establishments that celebrate seasonal Scottish produce, meat and dairy. On the nights in camp, we’ll be cooking together and our expedition menus will feature Scottish ingredients and dishes.
In the Office
It's not just on trips that we promote sustainable processes! We operate our holidays out of a carbon-neutral headquarters which is powered by renewable energy. We reduce, reuse and recycle, using environmentally friendly products from local suppliers where possible. In addition, our office car park hosts two public EV charging stations, and we subsidise staff usage. We encourage car-sharing and compete monthly for the most environmentally friendly commute!
In preparation for our trips, we strongly encourage our travellers to bring a reusable water bottle and lunchbox on their holiday to discourage the use of single-use plastics.
Lastly, we are committed to contributing annually to a nature-based charity that promotes conservation in Scotland.
Although our office staff isn’t 100% Scottish, all members of our team live and work in the Scottish Highlands. Because of this, our passionate personnel are able to give expert insider advice on their own favourite playground and ensure the best experience for our visitors.
Some of the areas we visit suffer from over-tourism and we do what we can to manage this consequence. The crowding caused by over-tourism not only negatively impacts the natural environment but also the quality of life of the communities who live and work in the beautiful destinations that we visit. To mediate this we take our clients to the lesser-known spots in any given area, extend our tour departures into the less busy shoulder months to spread the flow of visitors and when we do visit ‘hotspots’ we aim to go outside of peak hours.
We deliberately keep our groups small for several reasons. Having smaller groups means less disturbance to the environment and the local community. It also means that we can stay at smaller accommodation providers who are not eligible to benefit from mass tourism providers and have a better guide to traveller ratio.