Water Sports

Glencoe is famous for its mountains but there’s plenty of water too! The River Etive is a favourite with more experienced paddlers and The River Coe also draws increasing numbers of boats too. However, a paddle in a kayak on Loch Leven in the summer sun tends to have a wider appeal.

Sit on top on Loch Leven

Canyoning, Coasteering, White Water Rafting, River Bugging, SUP and Fun Yakking.

Vertical Descents, Inchree

If you like dressing up in rubber then Inchree based Vertical Descents might appeal. Exhilarating water based activities including Canyoning, Coasteering, White Water Rafting, River Bugging and Fun Yakking.

All equipment is provided, along with professional guides, and activities are based at a variety of locations, both within the local area and also slightly further afield. Equally popular with both family groups and Stag Parties, Vertical Descents offer a great opportunity to try some of these up and coming activities.

'Slot and Drop' Inchree Falls. with Vertical Descents.

Canyoning at nearby Inchree is the highlight of any trip to the area! Descending the series of waterfalls by a variety of method, including both sliding and jumping into the deep pools below is tremendous fun, and the prospect of jumping ‘the big one’ will make even the bravest think twice before taking the leap. And if you’ve never zip-wired over a waterfall using the pool below as a brake, then now’s your chance!

Active Highs

Fancy trying some white water funyaking or white water rafting. Active Highs run trips for everyone including kids aged 7+. If white water rafting doesn’t appeal they also do river rafting safari’s for those of you looking for a calm trip down the river to take in some of our wonderful scenery. Some of their other activities include Canyoning, Gorge Walking, Canoe and Kayaking Trips.

Sea Kayaking, River Kayaking and Canoeing

Arisaig Sea Kayak centre, Arisaig

Sea kayaking in Arisaig – WHITE SAND & CLEAR SEAS – islands and beaches, hidden bays and sheltered sea lochs. A landscape made for exploring by sea kayak – an incredible way to experience wild Scotland. Kayak trips for beginners | Family kayaking trips | Beginner to advanced. They run kayak trips to suit all abilities.

Otter Adventures, Strontian

Otter Adventures is a small, friendly business specialising in creating and delivering adventures and journeys in new ways. Operating on the West Coast of Scotland they work with families, couples and groups across the West Highland Peninsulas. If you are seeking an unforgettable adventure on the Ardnamurchan Peninsulas look no further. They offer family adventures, 3 hour taster session for both open canoe and kayaks, 6 hour journeys, evening paddles and paddle sport sessions.

Rockhopper, Fort William

Rockhopper in Fort William do several Sea Kayaking and Canoe trips taking you around some of the most spectacular Loch’s and coastlines Scotland has to offer. Right here in Lochaber. They do trips in Glencoe/Loch Leven, Arasaig, Glenuig, Loch Moidart, Loch Eilt and you can even go for a wee trip to see Castle Stalker in Port Appin and more just ask them!

Snowgoose Mountain Centre, Fort William

Want to learn to Sea Kayaking on inland lochs or spend over night trips exloring our rugged coast line? Fancy trying out White Water Kayaking? Or would like to try a more sedate Open Canoe trip give the Snowgoose Mountain Centre a call.


For more information about sailing on Loch Leven plus the opportunity of participating in races or the community sailing programme try Glencoe Boat Club. The annual Glencoe Regatta takes place in June each year and brings a sailing spectacle to the shores of Loch Leven at Tighphuirt.

Snowgoose Mountain Centre, Fort William

If you would like to learn how to sail or polish up on some more techincal techniques Snowgoose Mountain Centre do one day courses for beginners on their 16′ dingys which can take up to four people or for the more experienced sailor they have 21′ dingys available. If you are a more experienced sailor you can also rent their dingys for the day.


Heading to St Johns, BallachulishOutdoor Swimming

Open Water or Outdoor Swimming has seen a huge surge in interest in recent times. With rivers, lochs and sea lochs, the Glencoe and Loch Leven area is a great location for those hardy enough to take to the water. See more about Outdoor Swimming and the Glencoe Open Water Swim on our Swim page.


Rugged Paddle Board

With Rugged Paddleboard you will learn to paddle in a safe progressive way from the Lochan Experiences through to The Grand Tour on Loch Leven and beyond. We love nothing more than sharing the beauty of Glencoe and the surrounding are with you!