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Open Canoeing – River Spey Descent

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Price from: £495

Next trip: 11th September

Duration: 3 night(s)

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Location: Cairngorms and Central Highlands

Comfort: Wilderness Camping

Difficulty: 5

23 review(s)
  • 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

Blue Graded Open Canoeing Holidays 4-6

The Great Glen Canoe Trail is still suitable for people with no previous experience. However, a reasonable level of fitness is required.

For the River Spey Descent and the Whisky Trail previous canoeing experience is required as we will experience some sections of more challenging rapids, a good level of general fitness is also required for these trips.

For all Blue Graded canoe trips you can expect up to 7 hours of paddling each day with plenty of breaks.

These trips generally involve being further away from civilisation with multi-day wild camping.

Before joining this trip, the questions you should be asking yourself are:

Do you have a reasonable level of fitness?
Are you happy camping under the stars for a few nights?

 

On the River Spey Descent canoe trip we camp in peaceful locations on the river bank. Our tents are single tents unless you are travelling with a partner or in a group and would like a two/three man tent to share. We also carry a base camp tent, which means that we can all gather together for dinner or a hot drink if the weather is inclement.!

You will be met by your Wilderness Scotland Guide in the Waiting Room at Aviemore Railway Station at 10:00 on Day 1. For full details on how to get to Aviemore, please see our website: Travel to Scotland.

 

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by David Russo 19/08/2015

5Pre-Trip Service

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fantastic trip. Excellent instructors, well organised, breath-taking scenery mixed with some moments of trepidation to keep things exciting. A real experience.
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by Jon Herring 12/07/2015

5Pre-Trip Service

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by Richard Narey 10/07/2015

5Pre-Trip Service

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Your Guide
We thought that both Richard and Mark were both superb.
Best of many guides that I have met.
The Bottom Line
Will book again with Wilderness Scotland

by Pamela Turner 09/07/2015

5Pre-Trip Service

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It was all clear and easy to understand
Trip Comments
The trip was fantastic - stunning scenery and everything was laid on for us really well.
Accommodation and Food
Tents were good - food was fantastic
Your Guide
Biscuit and Mark were superb guides and extremely knowledgeable and very helpful. Great fun as well.
The Bottom Line
I loved the whole trip - everything lived up to my expectations and more.

by Susan Mackenzie 09/07/2015

5Pre-Trip Service

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Pre-Trip Service
Quick replays to emails. Helpful information when requested.
Trip Comments
Excellent food in abundance, good variety. Guides both professional and part of the group. The two guides worked very well together and were very much a team. The enjoyment and safety of the group were of obvious importance. Advice was given but not laboured.
Accommodation and Food
Liked the teepee which was perfect for whole group if needed. Tents easy to assemble and in good condition. Great variety of good food. Snack bags were an excellent idea. Loved the picnic lunches with a varied choice each day. Wine was appreciated. Fresh water always available.
Your Guide
Excellent team, worked extremely well together. Professional yet felt like part of the group. Nothing was too much trouble. The group always seemed their focus. Safety was very obviously a high priority. Difficult situations such as capsizes and medical situations were dealt with thoroughly, professionally and thoughtfully.
The Bottom Line
Fantastic experience which lived up to what I hoped for. Could not fault anything from booking through to the end of the trip. Would happily do it all again.

TEAM WILDERNESS RESPONSE:
Thank you for your comments, delighted you and a great experience.

by Morgan Prior 27/09/2014

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The different conditions experienced on the various canoe trips could be better explained.

The provided food could be better explained. Actually the information provided did not cover any of the questions we had.
Trip Comments
Accommodation and Food
Tents provided were of much higher quality than we expected.
Your Guide
Biscuit and Mark French were both excellent guides.
The Bottom Line
The trip (Spey Descent) was excellent however for a first canoe trip think I would recommend the Great Glen, it is slightly longer but loch and canal canoeing would be an easier introduction than river canoeing.

by Natasha Redfern 18/09/2014

5Pre-Trip Service

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4Accommodation and Food

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From the moment we were picked up by our guide we were looked after
Accommodation and Food
We were camping as part of our trip I don't feel there could be much to be improved as it would be difficult to carry anything more
Your Guide
Both our guides were excellent both different but complimented each other with the different skills they shared with us plus I have never laughed so much!
The Bottom Line
This trip was excellent it took us through some challenging tough days both mentally and physically but it's am experience I have not stop talking about since I arrived home and now looking at what next adventure to book

by Paul Redfern 18/09/2014

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by Kelly McMahon 26/07/2014

5Pre-Trip Service

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Pre-Trip Service
I was not the primary person responsible for booking the trip so I can only say that what I received from my friend was thorough and helpful and timely.
Trip Comments
Everything was handled smoothly. Loved that there was an extra camping pad in the van because we were unable to fit one into our luggage.
Accommodation and Food
Not fond of the butter cheese. I do love cheese but, there was a lot of cheese (almost every meal) and I didn't care for the one that was like a double cream rolled in oats. It was like eating butter.
Your Guide
Biscuit was the best guide EVER! He could not have been more positive, helpful, sweet, and enjoyable to be around.
The Bottom Line
Ask for Biscuit to be your guide! He's unbeatable, unflappable, and such a joy.

by Barry Ballard 26/07/2014

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The equipment provided was top notch and the guide, Biscuit, proved not only to be knowledgeable but tremendously personable.
Accommodation and Food
The good was very good, though seemed to be too much quantity.
Your Guide
Biscuit was always positive and encouraging, especially for those of us that had never canoed before. He was a joy to work with and fun to be around in addition to his guidance.
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Prices and Departures

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11th Sep - 14th Sep 2015
£495
1 place(s) left
29th Apr - 2nd May 2016
£495
Places available
1st Jul - 4th Jul 2016
£495
Places available
9th Sep - 12th Sep 2016
£495
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Trip Details

Join us for a classic Scottish canoeing trip down the River Spey, as we paddle through Speyside in the scenic North East Highlands.

This wonderful Scottish river trip descends the famous River Spey passing a through pine forests, heather-covered hills and Scotland’s most celebrated whisky region.

The canoeing is easy at first but becomes more challenging as we travel downstream through several rapids. It is not just the character of the river which changes – the pine forests take on a new character with each season. These forests are home to a diverse range of wildlife including red deer and capercaillie, and there’s always the chance of spotting golden eagles and other large birds of prey overhead.

Trip Itinerary

Day 1 – Canoeing on the River Spey: The expedition begins!
Our canoe guide meets you at the railway station in Aviemore and we transfer to our put-in point, a short distance away. We cast off down the gently moving water learning a few paddle strokes as we journey down the river to our first night’s camp.

Day 2 – Canoeing the Spey: Boat of Balliefurth to Blacksboat
Following breakfast, we paddle into the heart of malt whisky country. There is time to work on the open canoe skills which will be essential for negotiating the rapids which lie ahead in the second half of the journey. Indeed, the day finishes with a trip through the short rapid known as the ‘Washing Machine’ before we reach our next camp.

Day 3 – Canoeing on the Spey: Blacksboat to Craigellachie
Our rapid-running skills are tested to the full as we meet unforgettable rapids such as the Station Pool of Knockando and numerous shorter rapids. After an exhilarating day of paddling, we camp near the mouth of the River Fiddich.

Day 4– Canoeing on the Spey: Craigellachie to Spey Bay

Under the shadow of Ben Aigan, we spend the morning descending through the Rothes Glens to the beautiful river pools at Delfur. As the River Spey gathers speed in its race to the sea, we round the many bends that lead through the coastal plain to our journey’s end at Spey Bay. At the end of the journey, you are transferred back to Aviemore Railway Station where the trip ends.

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Prices and Departures

70 people viewed this trip in the last week

Trip Date
Price
Availability
Trip Status
 
11th Sep - 14th Sep 2015
£495
1 place(s) left
29th Apr - 2nd May 2016
£495
Places available
1st Jul - 4th Jul 2016
£495
Places available
9th Sep - 12th Sep 2016
£495
Places available

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David Russo
19/08/2015

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Jon Herring
12/07/2015

5

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