Discover Scotland's wild landscapes, on this epic 4-day canoe trip through Scotland's largest national park.
You'll meet your guide at the Old Bridge Inn, Aviemore for 9:30am. The journey starts with some basic skills to gain confidence in your canoes, before making your way through the upper reaches of the River Spey.
In the afternoon we'll reach your first remote camping spot at Balliefurth, with plenty of time to take in the scenery and enjoy dinner served up by your guides. All food and accommodation (camping) is included on this trip.
In the morning we'll have a hearty breakfast and then get canoe down through Grantown. The water is quite fast-moving at this point which means you don't have to paddle as much, and it also helps build up your moving water skills. The afternoon is spent paddling through fantastic scenery all the way to the next camp at Ballindalloch.
Today is the most exciting day, with some of the best stretches of the river along the way. After a fun morning, you'll head down to Craigellachie where you can get some food and visit the local whisky bar if you like.
The North Sea is in sight, and you'll start to notice the scenery changing to low-lying mountains. Tasting the salt in the air you'll head towards Spey Bay. We normally have a celebratory meal, before transferring you back to the start of the trip (Aviemore).
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You don't need any existing experience for this trip, but you do need to be keen for adventure and have a good base level of fitness. This means you'll want to be doing sport/jogging/exercise a few times a week in the run-up to your trip.
The river has some white-water sections, but never harder than grade II (suitable for beginners).
The first day of the trip is also skills-focused and your guides will show you how to paddle efficiently, if you haven't done it already.
You'll either be in a 2 or 3 person tent, and share with 1 other.
Yes, we generally eat out on the last evening at the small village of Craigellachie
8 people in tandem boats, so 2 people per boat.
There are several designated "Wild Camping" locations along the way where you'll camp. Most have basic toilets.
Most people take the train to Aviemore station - it's well connected (including to London).
You can also drive and park in the town.
At the end of the trip you'll be dropped back in Aviemore (the transfer is included in the price).
The total distance is 98km.
Each day you will paddle for up to 6 hours at a moderate pace, with plenty of breaks along the way.
The guides will provide barrels that have seals to keep the quipment dry. We do advise to 'double bag' items such as sleeping bags and spare clothes as a precation
We provide a shuttle in our modern, 9 seater minibus which will be at the end point for us finishing our trip.
Sometimes the weather can deem an activity unfeasible for a set period of time. If this is the case, then your guide will offer an appropriate alternative. Examples are as follows:
- Canoe a different section of water.
- Start at a diffrent location to allow for a safer journey iof the water levels are high.
All trips on Skyhook are run by small, hand-picked local guiding companies. For this trip your guides run Scottish Rock & Water, based in Newtonmore.
By booking through Skyhook you'll be joining a small-group trip. This can make it nice and sociable (you'll be added to a group chat after booking), and guarantees great value for money!