Explore Highland
Explore Highland
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Water SportsStand Up PaddleboardingKayaking & Canoeing
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
Here at Explore Highland, we love the great outdoors.Based centrally in the Capital of the Scottish Highlands, Inverness is surrounded by beautiful landscapes, wildlife, but best of all, a plentiful supply of water for open canoeing, river kayaking or sea kayaking.When you join us on a guided adventure or hire a boat for your own adventure, we will ensure that your time in the Highlands is truely memorable.We may be bias, but we feel that there is no better location in the world to explore.
Inverness, Scotland

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Jen C
1 contribution
Jul 2022 • Solo
I went for a beginners paddle boarding session by myself. I was slightly anxious about going solo but needn't have been, Donald was friendly and approachable and the other people also doing the class were friendly. The session was good fun and though we didn't go a huge distance we had lots of time out on the water.
I had a wonderful time and felt really well educated on the health and safety surrounding paddle boarding. Donald is very generous with his knowledge, experience and time. After the beginners session I felt like I would be able to safely do some more SUP by myself. I would love to do more paddleboard sessions and gain more experience.
Written 5 June 2023
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Gav Chambers
santon downham2 contributions
Feb 2023 • Friends
We hired canoes and kit from EH for our Spey river trip
We had the canoes dropped off at the start and picked up with ourselves and taken back to our vehicle at the end
The Service was first class and Donald is a great Bloke .
I will definitely use them again for my next canoeing trip to Beautiful Scotland
Written 9 April 2023
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Majkawb
Frankfurt, Germany10 contributions
Jul 2022 • Family
We have spent great morning as a family on our kayaking short trip. Area is beautiful, perfectly made for the kayaking. Weather was challenging and we did not get to Loch Ness open waters, but it was still a lot of fun. We felt safe in hands of Donald, going against a bit stronger winds we had that day. We have some experience in river/sea kayaks l, but we have never had so much good instruction and tips on our techniques like we got from Donald.
Written 16 July 2022
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Dawn R
3 contributions
Oct 2021
We booked the tandam kayak on Loch Ness and had a great afternoon out.

Donald was incredibly patient with us and there was a good balance between instruction and letting us get on with it. We were very lucky with the weather and we were delighted with the photos Donald took of us all which were passed onto us promptly.

A fantastic experience for us and all and even the moody teenager was impressed! Hope to be able to return again soon
Written 26 October 2021
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HendrixNI
Donaghadee, UK151 contributions
Oct 2021 • Couples
Excellent time in the water in Beauly. Sound advice, patient instructions and thoroughly good fun. It’s enough to encourage me to buy one for myself. Thanks Donald.
Written 11 October 2021
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Allan
Glasgow, UK1 contribution
Sept 2021 • Friends
We had a beginner stand up paddle boarding session with Explore highland to celebrate my birthday at the start of September and we absolutely loved it.
Donald’s coaching style is extremely friendly and he takes the time to make sure you all understand the instructions. His guidance is clear and concise and allows you to build your confidence really quickly.
I loved it and I wouldn’t hesitate to book again.
Thanks again Donald 5⭐️
Written 7 September 2021
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Nikkijp
Manchester, UK13 contributions
Aug 2021 • Family
I did the beginners paddle board session in July, great session led by Donald who is very knowledgeable and patient. Learnt so much and thoroughly enjoyed it....so much so I returned in August with my son for a further session. Highly recommend and plan to return for one of his kayak and/or paddleboard trips.
Written 21 August 2021
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Jacobstz
1 contribution
Sept 2020 • Couples
We went on the Loch ness adventure in September and it was amazing, beautiful and fun we had a great time and would love to go again
Written 25 October 2020
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Kebl3939
London4 contributions
Sept 2020 • Couples
Donald is THE expert on the Great Glen Way canoe trail - he literally wrote the book (which I would thoroughly recommend). We rented gear for a 5 day expedition which was great quality, and Donald was happy to give us a a few handy handling tips. Looking forward to booking a guided tour with Donald on another of his routes next year. Booking process was clear and straightforward if following instructions - he's a one man band so deserves a little leeway when it comes to back and forth communication. Would highly recommend his website - a lot of care has been taken on an interactive map and planning resources.
Written 8 October 2020
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MikeH66
London, UK214 contributions
Sept 2020 • Business
You should be aware that Donald lives by his T&Cs. If you book an event, even during COVID, you should be aware of the following points with this one man company.

1. Have suitable insurance in place for a Pandemic. Even if the booking was made and a £1k deposit paid.

2. Rescheduling an event and not forefitng your deposit is entirely at Donald discretion.

3. If you miss the balance payment, even if you have paid a substantial deposit, don't expect Donald to contact you. My event for 10 people was simply cancelled and deposit lost after missing the balance payment date by 10 working days.

In my experience T&Cs are there to resolve problems not a code of operation, not so with this operation.

There are other great businesses offering the same experiences.

Sadly I never got to paddle with Donald, he choose to take the deposit, cancel the event, rather than ask why the balance payment was not made by the date added to his invoice.
Written 23 September 2020
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