Canoe FAQs

"I just wanted to let you know that we had a great time on our trip, and to say thanks to you and everyone at Boots n Paddles: the equipment was first rate, the pick up and transfer smooth and easy and the information provided extremely helpful." (D Knott, Great Glen Canoe Trail Hire)

Frequently asked questions:

  • How do I plan a canoe camping trip? ... click here
  • What's the difference bewtween a canoe and a kayak?... click here
  • Where do I find the canoe hire terms and conditions? ... click here
  • What equipment should I take with me?... click here
  • Where do I get river level information?... click here
  • Who should I contact for further advice?... click here
  • What is the Paddler's Access Code?... click here
  • Can I take more than 2 people in the canoe?...Yes.  However, it is important to remember that with a third adult (or a couple of small children for example) in the canoe, in addition to any kit that you may be carrying, this will make the boat sit lower in the water.  You may therefore put yourself at risk of being swamped, particulalry on larger lochs like Loch Ness, which can have large waves on it in windy conditions. You also put yourself at a much higher risk of capsizing when on rivers.  The other thing to bear in mind is that because there is no third seat fitted, it is likely to be uncomfortable for an adult over any prolonged period of paddling.
  • Do I need insurance?... We recommend that you take out personal accident insurance to cover you should anything happen while hiring our equipment. Boots N Paddles' insurance would cover you should anything happen as a result of our equipment failing. You should also consider joining the Scottish Canoe Association. Membership benefits include Civil Liability Insurance and discount from a range of great suppliers.
  • Can I take my dog in the canoe?... Dogs are welcome. However, under no circumstances are they to be leashed in the canoe.
  • What's your alcohol policy? ... Alcohol should not be consumed immediately prior to your trip. Anyone found under the influence of alcohol or any other substances may not be permitted to hire or participate (for the safety of themselves and others).  We discourage large amounts of alcohol being taken on the water and reserve the right to refuse to hire equipment if we believe this to be the case.  We do not object to groups taking alcohol with them as long as it is taken responsibly and litter/ rubbish is not left behind at campsites, for example.
  • Can I light a fire? Yes you can as long as it is done responsibly. Set your fire somewhere that will prevent it spreading, in an existing fire pit, on a shingle beach or stony foreshore.  Yo should not set fires on grass as it kills the roots underneath, even if you dig out turf and replace it afterwards.  For some top tips about firelighting responsibly you can find out more at
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