Events & Challenges

Over the years we've supported many fundraising kayak and canoe challenges from individual attempts to large events involving hundreds of participants.  We can supply large numbers of boats should you require them (100+ canoes if need be!), and with lots of experience in organising and managing such events, we can help advise on how best to approach the organisation of your event.
Here are some some events and challenges for you to consider:

Paddling the length of Loch Ness in as fast a time as possible

Events and challenges

We supported the first officially recognised Guinness World record attempt at paddling the length of Loch Ness. 

  • The fastest time to kayak the length of Loch Ness, Scotland, UK, from Fort Augustus to Dores (a distance of 17.9 nautical miles, 20.59 miles, 33.15 km) is 5 hours 19 minutes 17 seconds, achieved by the Asda Kayak Team on 18 May 2010.
  • The team of 28 people completed the distance in single sea kayaks and two two-man kayaks. All of the team members lined up to cross the finish line together and therefore achieved the same time. The event was organised to raise funds for the Tickled Pink breast cancer charity.

Scotland, Coast to Coast

Paddling and portaging your way from Edinburgh in the East to Glasgow in the West, using the historic Union and Forth & Clyde canals to negotiate your way across country. Or what about paddling from Fort William to Inverness along the awesome Great Glen Canoe Trail.
Why not come up with your own canoe challenge or event?  We'd love to hear what you've got in mind and how we can potentially support your fundraising efforts or ideas for an adventure event.

Biggest, longest, deepest

Lake WindermereThere's plenty of water in the UK, most of which can be paddled in some shape or form.  Why not go for a cross-border challenge by having a go at the deepest, longest or the biggest lakes/ lochs/ loughs.  How about Lake Bala in Wales, Lake Windermere in England, Lough Neagh in Northern Ireland and Loch Ness in Scotland? 
Or what about the longest rivers? The Severn, the Tay and The Bann perhaps?
There are canoe hire and guiding providers across the country that I'm sure would be happy to help out and at a time when it seems like everyone is doing the 3 Peaks Mountain Challenge of Snowdon, Scafell and Ben Nevis, you could be a bit different and opt for a different type of challenge!

Multi-disciplinary adventure races

Drambuie PursuitWe've worked with the likes of Across The Divide (Invesco Perpetual Highland Challenge 2011 and 2012) and Events 22 (Drambuie Pursuit 2007-2011) on large adventure events.  These involved canoeing or kayaking (normally canoes) at some stage of the competition, but also involved lots of other disciplines. We helped plan the events, supplied equipment and staff.

24 hour challenges

Our very own Mike Dunthorne completed a Great Glen Canoe Trail challenge in 2012, paddling the entire length of the canoe trail from Sea to Sea in just over 20 hours (an amazing achievement).  There are also 2-day challenges organised for the slightly less adventurous.

Expedition challenges

WDCS River Spey Challenge - nearing the finish line at Spey BayWe've guided fundraisers down the River Spey over 3-day expeditions for the likes of the Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society.
You could paddle Loch Lomond and climb Ben Lomond as a 2 day challenge in an awesome part of the country.
If you're looking for places to explore and think a map would help, check this Canoe map of Britain out by Rivers Publishing.

Our services available for events and challenges:

  • Planning advice & consultancy
  • Logistical support
  • Risk assessments
  • Equipment supply
  • Local knowledge and contacts
  • Ground and water-based safety cover, e.g. safety boats
  • Staff
  • Insurance

Some our our event clients over the years have included:

  • Cairngorm National Park Authority
  • Rothiemurchus Estate
  • Drambuie
  • Discovery Channel - Netherlands
  • Glenmorangie
  • Across the Divide
  • First Monster Marathon
  • Intelligent Sports 
  • Whale & Dolphin Conservation Society
  • Asda
  • Simba
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