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Events and 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, 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

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 by canoe or kayak

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.


Multi-disciplinary adventure races

We’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 or 3 day challenges organised for the slightly less adventurous.


Expedition challenges in Scotland

We’ve guided fundraisers down the River Spey for the likes of the Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society.
Or, you could paddle Loch Lomond and climb Ben Lomond as a 2-day challenge in an awesome part of the country.  Perhaps head out to the Inverpolly WIlderness on a 5-day canoe-based camping and hiking adventure, undertaking challenges as you go.

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 of 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/ Tickled Pink
  • Simba
  • Implement Consulting
  • Scottish Rugby
  • ITV
  • Highland Hospice


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