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Open Canoeing

GRADING - Open Canoeing

Grade - green

The following provides an overview of how we grade our Open Canoeing trips. For more specific information please check out the relevant Trip Dossier. If you are in any doubt about your suitability please get in touch and we'll be very happy to provide a recommendation and advice.

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:

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

Green graded canoe trips:

Canoeing the Scottish Classics (Green)

Our Trip grading system - Choosing the right trip for you

We have put together a range of grading videos which will give you an even greater understanding of what to expect on your Wilderness Scotland holiday.

Grade - blue

Our Blue grade canoeing trips are still suitable for people with no previous experience of canoeing. However, a reasonable level of fitness is required. 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:

  1. Do you have a reasonable level of fitness?
  2. Are you happy camping under the stars for a few nights, with no facilities?

Blue graded canoe trips:

Grade - red

Our Red grade canoeing trips are also suitable for those with no paddling experience. However, you will need a good level of fitness and you probably think of yourself as an 'outdoorsy' person. You can expect up to 7 hours of paddling or hiking each day. These trips also may include some long days hill walking over rough ground, challenging portages and consecutive nights camping in some truly wild places.

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

  1. Are you happy paddling up to 7 hours each day?
  2. Are you fit enough to cope with some long days hill-walking over rough terrain?
  3. Do you enjoy truly wild camping? 
  4. Do you relish the thought of a challenging trip, whatever the weather, as you journey through wild landscapes?

Red graded canoe trips:

North West Highlands Lochs and Mountains (Red)

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