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Book your activity holiday with Europe's No.1 Adventure Travel Company - Wilderness Scotland

Our open canoeing holidays are a superb way to discover and explore the wilderness regions of Scotland.

Gliding down a meandering river or across a glass-calm loch, admiring mountain views all around are some of the joys of canoeing in Scotland.

Our trips give you the chance to do just that, either staying in hotels (look for the ‘classic’ comfort grade) or wilderness camping on┬áthe water’s edge.

Our two-person canoes are easy to handle so you can easily learn the key skills from our expert guides during the trip. Our hotel based trips are the perfect way to try canoeing in comfort. If you choose a camping trip, you will love loading up the canoe and pushing off into the wild, without the weight on your back! Canoeing on the River Spey is so good that we offer two trips – one with camping and the other staying in hotels!

Canoeing is a wonderful past-time, and our range of trips offer something for every taste and ability.

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Our clients receive a feedback survey automatically after finishing their guided, self guided or tailor made holiday with us.

Once it's submitted the review is automatically published on our website just as soon as our database updates. We read all our client's reviews and although we don't respond to all of them, where issues are raised we make positive changes to our trips to improve your experience and if it's glowing feedback then we get the satisfaction of helping to make your holidays truly memorable.

Open Canoeing - Great Glen Canoe Trail
Oh! The whole experience but you're asking for 'a moment' so I'll try. This trip was my 60th birthday present from my partner; there was a feeling for me of life opening out, being at ease, joy in being alive and joy in the landscape and wildlife. I talk a lot in my job and it was lovely to have long long periods of silence.
A moment: the paddle on Loch Ness on the last evening; being part of the landscape, the water, the sky, the timelessness of the place.

Patricia Wastvedt


Open Canoeing - Great Glen Canoe Trail
I had a brilliant time and I've already been recommending Wilderness Scotland. I'd certainly travel with you again!

Amy Thomson


Open Canoeing - River Spey Descent

William MacMillan


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If you find yourself overwhelmed by the choice, or if you have questions about your fitness or suitability for any of these holidays, please feel free to contact our office on +44 (0)1479 420020 or by email.

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Open Canoeing - Canoeing the Scottish Classics

Next available trip: 8th August        Duration: 5 night(s)
Location: Cairngorms and Central Highlands    
Comfort: Classic
Difficulty: 3
  • 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

Price: from £975

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Open Canoeing - The Whisky Trail

Next available trip: 4th June        Duration: 4 night(s)
Location: Cairngorms and Central Highlands    
Comfort: Classic
Difficulty: 4
  • Explore Scotland's most famous whisky region as you paddle the length of the River Spey
  • Develop the skills to manoeuvre through various river conditions from gentle bends to challenging rapids
  • After a day on the water return to hot showers in our cosy hotel accommodation.

Price: from £895

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Open Canoeing - River Spey Descent

Next available trip: 3rd July        Duration: 3 night(s)
Location: Cairngorms and Central Highlands    
Difficulty: 5
  • Paddle through tranquil pine forests and Scotland's most famous whisky region as you journey the length of the River Spey
  • Experience a diverse range of river conditions, from gentle meanders to more challenging rapids towards the end of the trip
  • Enjoy a true wilderness experience camping under the stars

Price: from £495

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Open Canoeing - Great Glen Canoe Trail

Next available trip: 16th May        Duration: 4 night(s)
Location: Multi-Location    
Difficulty: 4
  • Canoe from the west to the east coast through the spectacular Great Glen loch and river system - including some canoeing in Loch Ness
  • Journey in the company of experienced wilderness canoe guides and develop your paddling skills en route
  • Wild camping on the shores of some of Scotland's finest lochs with superb wilderness cooking throughout

Price: from £625

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Open Canoeing - North West Highlands

Next available trip: 1st August        Duration: 6 night(s)
Location: North West Highlands    
Difficulty: 8
  • Journey through a stunning network of remote lochs that lie within the magnificent amphitheatre of mountains in Inverpolly
  • Camp on isolated beaches and islands with amazing panoramic views of Scotland's most iconic peaks
  • Enjoy days exploring the high peaks on foot as well as paddling through Scotland's most beautiful wilderness region

Price: from £795

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