UK: +44 (0)1479 420 020
US: 1-866-740-3890
National Geographic - Best Adventure Travel Companies
BLACK FRIDAY - FREE Jacket worth £220 with every booking. - ENDS 30th Nov ยป

Open Canoeing Holidays

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 tours give you the chance to do just that, either staying in hotels (look for the 'classic' comfort grade) or wilderness camping on the water's edge. Two-person canoes are easy to handle, so you can easily learn the key skills from our expert guides during a multi day canoe trip.

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 tours give you the chance to do just that, either staying in hotels (look for the 'classic' comfort grade) or wilderness camping on the water's edge. Two-person canoes are easy to handle, so you can easily learn the key skills from our expert guides during a multi day canoe trip.

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

If you fancy canoeing in Scotland, it’s a truly magical way of exploring Scotland’s lochs and rivers. The canoes help us access some very remote areas of stunning wilderness.

Our hotel based trips are the perfect way to try canoeing in comfort. If you choose a camping trip, like the Great Glen Canoe Trail, you will love loading up the canoe and pushing off into the wild, without the weight on your back!

Our reviews prove testament that these are some of the best canoe camping trips in the UK. 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 wonderfully relaxing past-time, and our range of trips offer something for every taste and ability.

Canoeing tours are available in the following locations:

Trip Reviews

Customer Kudos

Every client receives a feedback survey when they return from their guided, self guided or tailor made holiday with us.

Once completed the review is published on our website just as soon as our database updates. The little touches and details are important to us and where issues are raised we make positive changes to our trips to improve your experience.

That's why we read each of our client's reviews and although we don't respond to all of them, if it's glowing feedback then we get the satisfaction of helping to make your holidays truly memorable.

Open Canoeing - North West Highlands
We had a most enjoyable trip and would be happy to recommend to others

Rory Newman
19/05/2016

5

Open Canoeing - River Spey Descent
Our guide was so amiable and competent that it made our river Spey canoe trip just a breeze. We were so well looked after that we were completely free to enjoy our trip, the scenery and the amazing experience of seeing Scotland by canoe!

Lynn Bjerke
26/07/2014

5

Open Canoeing - Canoeing the Scottish Highlands
Wilderness Sotland is second to none! You even sent photos of our trip within a day! So lovely that you took the trouble to take our photo's in the first place as it was tricky at times to take our own - we were concentrating so hard on not capsizing!

TEAM WILDERNESS RESPONSE:

Wow its sound like you had an awesome time, we will pass on your feedback to our guides. Thank you for joining our Scottish Classics adventure and hope we get the opportunity to welcome you back to the Highlands soon.

Liz Cross
13/09/2015

5

Rated 4.88 out of 5 based on 190 reviews of Canoeing

5 star 170

4 star 17

3 star 3

2 star 0

1 star 0

Read All Trip Reviews

4 Trip(s) listed

Sort Your Selection:

16 review(s)

Open Canoeing - Canoeing the Scottish Highlands

Next available trip: 1st June        Duration: 5 night(s)
Region: 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 & Beauly
  • Enjoy warm hospitality and great meals in carefully chosen small hotels.
View Trip Details
55 review(s)

Open Canoeing - River Spey Descent

Next available trip: 3rd May        Duration: 4 night(s)
Region: 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
View Trip Details
65 review(s)

Open Canoeing - Great Glen Canoe Trail

Next available trip: 1st May        Duration: 4 night(s)
Region: 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
View Trip Details
47 review(s)

Open Canoeing - North West Highlands

Next available trip: 11th May        Duration: 6 night(s)
Region: 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
View Trip Details

Outstanding Customer Service

Open Canoeing Holidays

*

As a 5 Star tour operator this is how we see customer service.

For example, we can’t say we will get back to you within 3 hours because sometimes we won’t and we can’t say we endeavour to get back to you as soon as possible, because that’s just wishy washy and everyone says that.

Great customer service isn’t tangible.

It’s tone of voice, and relationship building.

And going that wee bit further to make someone’s day and it can’t be quantified.

It’s how we make you feel…

and we feel that it’s the following things that go towards making the difference between a holiday, and an amazing, memorable experience.

Our Network
We have fantastic relationships and in many cases personal friendships with our trusted team of suppliers.
A Growing Team
Our team of 35 travel professionals in the office and over 60+ expert guides mean we're small enough to care about every detail but big enough to deal with any curveballs, meaning your holiday experience will be seamless.
We Know Scotland
Being outdoors people, we have an unrivalled depth and breadth of knowledge when it comes to Scotland's wild places. We've been there and can recommend locations and activities from our own experience.

Our holidays reviewed in your words

Kathy and I agreed that your guides were the best we’ve ever had, and we have been on many trips with other companies. Your office staff and company far exceeds all the others in the business

Scott Hewett
Open Canoeing - Canoeing the Scottish Highlands

Customer Rating: 5

I loved the trip. Everything was arranged and all equipment provided. Made it so easy for me as I usually have to do all the work myself. A lovely change to not have tents and gear all over my house after a caneoe trip

Kathy Joynson
Open Canoeing - North West Highlands

Customer Rating: 5

Rated 4.88 out of 5 based on 190 reviews of Canoeing

by Isabella Pereira 13/05/2018

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Accessible wild adventures in outstanding landscapes that challenge your skills and fitness enough to give you a sense of achievement - but not so much that it's in any way a slog.

Read Full Review

by Rachel Cousins 23/05/2018

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Brilliant, fantastic, would love to do it again! Perfect trip with a great group of people, so well organised, even had plentiful sunshine and Ospreys in Spey Bay!

Read Full Review

by Terry Scott 10/05/2018

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

4Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Thank you so much, really feel I had a complete break from my normal life after only three nights.

Read Full Review

Load More

Award Winning Journeys

National Geographic Adventrure - Best Travel Companies

National Geographic Adventrure - Best Travel Companies

National Geographic Traveller - 50 tours of a lifetime 2014

National Geographic Traveller - 50 tours of a lifetime 2014

World Travel Awards 2014 - Leading Green Tour Operator

World Travel Awards 2014 - Leading Green Tour Operator

Pure Life Experiences

Pure Life Experiences

Visit Scotland 5 star activity Provider

Visit Scotland 5* activity Provider