Canoeing the Scottish Classics



This trip takes you canoeing on beautiful lochs and rivers while spending the evenings in carefully-selected Highland hotels.

Suitable for beginners and intermediate canoeists, you will learn new skills and develop techniques while enjoying day trips on classic Scottish rivers and lochs.

Exploring the central Highlands and Speyside, you will experience outstanding scenery, wildlife and whisky – as well as superb canoeing! If you’re looking for a trip that allows you to spend your days exploring the great outdoors and your evenings in comfortable accommodations, this could be the perfect trip for you.

Experience: This trip is suitable those who have little or no experience at all. You will need to be fit enough for 6 active days of canoeing. There is no hiking or portages planned for this trip – other than moving unladen canoes to and from the trailer at the start and end of each day.

  • Enjoy the best canoe trips in Scotland, returning to a cosy hotel each night
  • Paddle classic Scottish rivers such as the Rivers Spey, Glass and Beauly
  • Enjoy warm hospitality and great meals in carefully chosen small hotels


Trip Itinerary

Day 1 – Canoeing Loch Ness
We meet in Inverness, from where a short transfer takes us to the shores of Loch Ness. After a safety briefing, we head onto the water to refresh our paddle strokes and learn some new techniques. We’ll then enjoy a short paddle on the famous loch, looking out for Nessie as we go! Late afternoon sees us transfer a short distance to our welcoming small hotel near Beauty. (L, D)

Day 2 – Canoeing the River Glass
The River Glass is a stunning river, bounded by beautiful woodlands and shingle banks. Canoeing on rivers brings a new set of challenges and you will learn skills to allow you to negotiate river currents and the occasional small rapid. We canoe for almost 10 miles downstream, finishing close to our hotel. (B, L)

Day 3 – Open Canoeing: Canoeing the River Beauly & Aigas Gorge
Close to our hotel, the River Glass becomes the River Beauly, which is today’s route. Continuing from where we exited the river yesterday, we launch the canoes and head downstream on the slightly faster waters of the River Beauly. The day ends with a spectacular paddle through the steep-sided walls of the Aigas Gorge, a haven for wildlife such as ospreys and otters. We return to our hotel and celebrate completing this two-day river journey. (B, L)

Day 4 – Open Canoeing: Canoeing the River Nairn
We transfer east to enjoy a canoe trip through history along the rarely-paddled River Nairn. As we paddle, we will stop at the Clava Cairns – burial mounds which date back 4,000 years. Continuing downstream, we then arrive at Culloden, where the last hand-to-hand battle on British soil was fought in 1746. At the end of the day, a short transfer takes us to the Cairngorms National Park and our hotel for the next two nights. (B, L)

Day 5 – Open Canoeing: Canoeing the River Spey
Canoeing the River Spey will be a highlight for many people. It is one of Scotland’s classic canoeing rivers and many people return to undertake the complete 4-day trip from mountains to the sea. Our guides will decide which section of the river to take on, with regards to water levels and conditions. Wherever we canoe, you’ll have a great day on the river and you may want to celebrate with one of the many local malt whiskies made in this region. (B, L, D)

Day 6 – Open Canoeing: Canoeing in the Cairngorms
We enjoyed a relaxed end to our trip with a peaceful morning paddle on one of the local lochs, such as beautiful Loch Morlich, looking up at the high peaks of the Cairngorms. Coming off the water, we transfer you back to Inverness for the trip end. (B)



Green Graded Open Canoeing Holidays 1-3

Our Green grade canoeing trips are suitable for people new to open canoeing or with limited experience. The itineraries are designed to be active yet laid back with plenty of opportunity for instruction, sightseeing and relaxation.

You can expect up to 6 hours of paddling each day through mostly sheltered rivers and lochs with plenty of shore breaks to stretch the legs. These trips are usually accommodation based, with a warm bed and hot shower for you each evening. Otherwise there may be some wild camping involved.

Before joining trips in this grade, the questions you should be asking yourself are:

Are you generally active and enjoy the outdoors?
Are you up for a challenge, learning a new skill and having a lot of fun?


Departures & Prices

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Trip Date

Price $AU

Trip Status

03rd Jun – 08th Jun 2017  $ Unconfirmed
09th Sep – 14th Sep 2017  $ Unconfirmed