Activity Overview

Why Go Canoeing (or Kayaking) In Scotland

Canoeing is one of our most popular activities, and it’s a sport for everyone.  Our Canadian-Style Canoes (also known by some as kayaks) are large and stable, 2 or 3-seater boats, that are just as good for short trips or multi-day adventures.  Scotland is so lucky to have so many wonderful rivers, remote inland lochs and awesome sea lochs to explore by canoe that you could spend a lifetime exploring new places.

In a canoe you get to see things from a totally different perspective.  So, rather than drving along a road looking out on to the water, you could be in the middle of a Highland Loch, surrounded by mountains and hearing nothing but the drops of water from your paddle, hitting the water.  You might also find yourself negotiating your way down a Grade 2 rapid on the River Spey, with all the excitement that it would entail.

What To Expect From An In Your Element Canoeing Experience

For those that are new to canoeing or just want a taste of the joy of canoeing, we offer family-friendly canoe trips in a number of awesome locations across Scotland.  You might find yourself canoeing on Loch Ness, Loch Lomond, Loch Lubnaig, Loch Long, Loch Tay, Loch Arkaig, or Loch an Eilein.

For the more experienced or more adventurous, we can also guide groups on the likes of the Great Glen Canoe Trail, the River Spey, River Ness or River Tay, all wonderful routes to explore in a canoe over a longer day or perhaps a number of days.  On tours like these, your guide for the day will be there with some top paddling tips to help you find the best route.

Expect To See Some Wildlife

Travelling silently in a canoe gets you closer to wildlife than you can ever imagine (although we don’t get too close so that we disturb it), so we can usually expect to bump into some of the local residents which can include otters, deer, birds of prey including Osprey, White-Tailed Eagles, Golden Eagles, as well as the odd jumping fish trying to avoid the birds of prey!

Canoeing really is something that everyone should try at some point!

A Canoe Experience Just for You

With paddling options across Scotland, In Your Element can tailor a tour for your group, whether a family group, a stag or hen party, a group of international visitors or school group.  We’ll take into account the time you have available, how experienced your group is and how challenging you want the tour to be.

And remember, canoeing isn’t just for the summer – we can potentially organise a tour for you at any time of the year.

So please get in touch to let us know what you have in mind, or to ask what we would recommend.

Price on Request
(Minimum) £420
From 2 to 5 hours
January to December
5 Years


  • Kids from 5 years old and upwards (under 12s must be with parents or other responsible adult)
  • We work with Able2Adventure, an organisation that provides activity accessibility support for groups or individuals with mental or physical disabilities.  So please don’t hesitate to get in touch if your group (or individuals in your group) have any special needs.

What to Bring Along

Bring a change of clothes and a towel, just in case and a pair of old shoes that may get wet.


What’s Included

Canoeing equipment and a buoyancy aid.

Make a Booking

Private group bookings are subject to a minimum booking fee of £420 - if you are interested in a private booking booking please contact us.


A Guide to Midges in Scotland

If you’re planning to explore Scotland’s stunning landscapes this summer, it’s advised to take precautions against attracting midges and other insects. Learn where to expect them and how best to avoid getting bitten.

FAQS about Midges

What are midges? 

Small two-winged flies which often from swarms or clouds. There are a number of different species of midge, some of which partly feed off nectar in addition to the blood of animals and sometimes humans.

Which type of midge lives in Scotland?

The Highland midge. It’s found throughout the British isles, northern Europe and even northern China.

Are midges like mosquitos? 

No. While midges might look like mosquitos close up and suck blood, they are not mosquitos and do not spread malaria.

What do midge bites look like?

Small red dots which can develop into itchy, painful swellings and even blisters.

Are midge bites serious?

Midge bites are harmless but if the skin around the bite becomes broken it could become infected.

How do midges detect their prey? The midge locates its prey by picking up carbon dioxide exhaled into the atmosphere.

Did you know? Only the female midge bites!

Where are the midge hotspots Scotland?

The west of the Highlands, islands and parts of the Cairngorms. They are also found in Perthshire and Argyll.

At what time of day are midges most active?

At dawn or dusk. They also like damp, clammy days with overcast skies and little wind.

At what time of year are midges most common? 

From May to October.

Where are midges found?

Midges love humid and damp conditions as well as shady spots. Marshlands, grasslands, forests and woodlands, the banks of rivers, ponds and lochs; all are magnets for midges.

At what time of day are midges most active?

At dawn or dusk. They also like damp, clammy days with overcast skies and little wind.

What can you do about them?

We advise buy a midge-head net and possibly buy some insect repellent too, e.g. check the Smidge website.  Midges won’t generally bother you during activities, but if they are around, you may bump into them if you are standing waiting, changing clothes, or resting during an activity.

Participation in In Your Element outdoor activities carries a small risk of injury.  That is unavoidable and something that all participants must accept prior to booking. Although we put a number of measures in place to protect customers, you might still twist your ankle or fall of your bike.

As a company we take a number of steps to minimise the risk of injury to our staff and customers:

  • Our instructors and guides are all fully-trained in the activities they are delivering, and must undergo not only activity-specific training, but also venue-specific training.
  • In Your Element has a comprehensive Safety Procedures and Risk Assessment Document, which is updated on an ongoing basis and audited externally by the activty licencing authority.
  • All our instructors are first-aid trained.
  • Prior to all activity sessions, participants are given a safety briefing and where required, coaching.
  • If weather is looking rubbish, we’ll consider the resulting risk of continnuing with an activity session.
  • We have industry-leading liability insurance should a serious injury ever occur.

In Your Element has an excellent record for safety, so you should feel assured that you are in good hands,  If you do sprain your ankle or get a scrape or 2, we’ll be able to help out where required. However, the odd minor bump or bruise is often a sign that you’ve had a great time and shouldn’t be anything to worry about.

We offer a several activities and have a variety of booking terms in conditions.  You will be given the opportunity to read these prior to booking, so please take the time to do that so you know what’s what.

In general though:

  • You have up until 48 hours before booking to cancel a scheduled activity session that is booked online – this might be TreeZone, a canoe tour, archery or axe-throwing session.
  • For private group bookings, the cut-off point for a refund is 4 weeks prior to the booking date unless we can find replacement business.  There are some extenuating circumstances, but you should bear this in mind when booking.
  • Multi-day Adventuers Holiday typically have a cut-off point of 6 weeks prior to the booking date.


One of the great things about Scotland is that it rains regularly.  That means we don’t often have water shortages like some other countries!

So, it it’s raining all you need to do is bring a waterproof coat.  It might be worth bringing a change of clothes for afterwards if your legs and feet get wet.

We’ll only cancel an activity session when we feel it will be dangerous to continue.  Think flooded river gorges or swollen rivers.  We might also cancel if there is thunder and lightning forecast or strong winds.  If there are blizzards on the way, that sometimes causes issues too!

Safety is always out first priority, so if we think there is a risk, we will cancel and refund your booking or offer you the chance to reschedule.

So, in short…. remember your waterproof and embrace the precipitation!

Generally speaking, you won’t need any specialist clothing or equipment, but where you do, we will provide it for you.

As a rule of thumb, wear clothing suitable for outdoor activity.

  • So, ideally synthetic/ sporty/ merino clothing, but not cotton/ denim as it stays wet if it gets wet.  Think layers – so you can add or remove as required.
  • Remember to bring waterproofs – it is Scotland afterall.
  • Hats for the cold or the sun.
  • Shades so you look good!
  • Suitable shoes – ideally robust outdoorsy trainers or boots.
  • You might want to bring a midge head net (mainly for late June, to early September).  You won’t always need one of these but they can save the day sometimes.
  • For water-based activities, bring a towel.
  • Water bottle and a snack.

If there’s anything else you need on the day we will let you know when you book.

As a mobile activity company, In Your Element is in the enviable position of being able to offer activity experiences just about anywhere across Scotland.

Although there are a large number of scheduled activity sessions in fixed locations at fixed times we can also offer tailor-made experiences at many other venues and locations.

Our Main Activity Locations are:

  • Aviemore
  • Inverness & Loch Ness
  • Fort William
  • Loch Lomond (Including Forest Holidays Argyll & Forest Holidays Strathyre)
  • Loch Tay Highland Lodges

If you’re not intending to visit one of the areas mentioned, don’t despair. As a mobile activity company, we may be able to bring an activity to a location near you.

We know of lots of venues across Scotland but can also come to your exclusive use venue or accommodation if there are suitable grounds, perhaps use a park nearby or even your garden.

If you have an event in mind and are looking for group activities, get in touch and we can advise on the what, where, and how.

Medical Conditions

We are not able to give medical advice so we recommend checking with your doctor before you book.

I live with a disability. Will I still be able to take part?”

That depends a lot on the type and severity of the disability you live with.  We will always try our best to accommodate people and so far we have had an amazing variety of people who have successfully participated in many of our activities. However, if you are at all unsure, it is best to get in touch before coming along, to discuss things in more detail.

TreeZone Treetop Adventures

We have some more information for you at our Aviemore and Loch Lomond courses, and if you want to come and have a look around before you book to get a clearer idea of what TreeZone entails, then pop in and we’ll happily show you around and discuss your needs.

Alternatively, contact us to chat with us.

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