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      Open Canoeing Holidays

      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 open canoe tours give you the chance to do just that, either staying in hotels or backcountry 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.

      189 review(s)

      Iconic Elemental Adventures
      1:4 Guide Ratio
      Camping or Hotel Based
      Wilderness Immersion

      Paddle through the heart of the Highlands

      If you fancy canoeing in Scotland, it’s a truly magical way of exploring Scotland’s lochs and rivers,  with the canoes helping 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!

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      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.

      Our Open Canoeing Holidays

      4 Canoeing Trips with 189 Reviews

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      • 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.
      Next Available Trip:
      13th July | 7th September
      Region:
      Cairngorms and Central Highlands
      Duration:
      5 night(s)
      Difficulty:
      Green Grade 3
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      • 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.
      Next Available Trip:
      8th August | 11th May
      Region:
      Cairngorms and Central Highlands
      Duration:
      4 night(s)
      Difficulty:
      Blue Grade 5
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      • 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.
      Next Available Trip:
      12th June | 31st July
      Region:
      Multi-Location
      Duration:
      4 night(s)
      Difficulty:
      Blue Grade 4
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      • 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.
      Next Available Trip:
      3rd August | 14th September
      Region:
      North West Highlands
      Duration:
      6 night(s)
      Difficulty:
      Red Grade 8

      Our holidays reviewed in your own words...

      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.

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      David Anderson

      Open Canoeing - River Spey Descent

      Age: 50 - 60
      Country: United Kingdom
      Trip Date: 03/05/2019
      Trips Taken: 5

      The Bottom Line

      The Bottom Line

      A safe but exhilarating journey, skilfully guided, down a unique and extremely beautiful river.

      AT

      Amy Thomson

      Open Canoeing - River Spey Descent

      Age: 40 - 50
      Country: United Kingdom
      Trip Date: 14/09/2018
      Trips Taken: 1

      The Bottom Line

      The Bottom Line

      Awesome! I'm already planning next year's holiday!

      KW

      The Bottom Line

      The Bottom Line

      Great trip with great guides

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      Popular Open Canoeing Holidays

      Trip Next Departure Price Duration  
      Open Canoeing – River Spey Descent 08/08/2019 £865 4 Nights Trip Details
      Open Canoeing – Canoeing the Scottish Highlands 01/06/2019 £1,295 5 Nights Trip Details
      Open Canoeing – Great Glen Canoe Trail 12/06/2019 £845 4 Nights Trip Details

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