Loch Ness Lifeboat

Loch Ness and the Great Glen is a truly wonderful resource and should provide visitors with a lasting memory. We have highlighted some points worth considering when planning your trip:

  • Access to and from the waters of Loch Ness is very limited, Primarily Fort Augustus, Foyers, Drumnadrochit, Dores and Dochgarroch.
  • The water in the loch is rarely above 5 degrees C (some surface temperatures can rise to 11 C in August but this is mixed with the very deep, cold water as the wind picks up).
  • Waves of between 1 & 2 metres are common and can occur within 30 minutes of a strong wind establishing, however waves over 3 metres can be experienced.
  • Being fresh water, it is far less buoyant than sea water.
  • Dry-suits/wet-suits and PFD's should be considered as absolutely essential for all paddlers.
  • Marine VHF Channel 16 is monitored by HMCG throughout the Great Glen but on some shorelines the signal is weak.
  • Mobile phone signals are generally OK but not guaranteed. Make sure you have a fully charged battery and keep the phone in a waterproof container.
  • Winds are most common from the SW but this can change within minutes and is affected and complicated by the geography.
  • Where possible, work in pairs and always be aware of your location on the trail
  • Choose a shore and stick to it - if the weather changes you can quickly paddle to the shore and take shelter