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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.

      201 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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      Quality Assured

      Our reviews prove testament that these are some of the best canoe camping trips in the UK. 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 201 Reviews

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      • Enjoy the best canoe trips in Scotland, returning to a cosy hotel each night.
      • Start on flat water, and paddle up to Grade 2 on classic rivers such as the Spey.
      • Enjoy warm hospitality and great meals in carefully chosen small hotels.
      Next Available Trip:
      23rd May | 13th June
      Region:
      Cairngorms and Central Highlands
      Duration:
      6 night(s)
      Difficulty:
      Green Grade 3

      River Spey Descent

      56 review(s)
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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:
      11th May | 1st June
      Region:
      Cairngorms and Central Highlands
      Duration:
      4 night(s)
      Difficulty:
      Blue Grade 5
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      • Paddle from coast to coast on a traditional canoe journey.
      • Develop your canoe skills under the guidance of your expert guides.
      • Enjoy views of Ben Nevis, ruined castles and the beautiful Scottish landscape from the water.
      Next Available Trip:
      16th May | 20th June
      Region:
      Multi-Location
      Duration:
      5 night(s)
      Difficulty:
      Blue Grade 4

      North West Highlands

      50 review(s)
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      • Explore the wildest parts of Inverpolly Nature Reserve in Scotland's remote north west.
      • Make an expedition by canoe, carrying everything we need for the duration of the trip.
      • Hike iconic peaks such as Suilven and Cul Mor.
      Next Available Trip:
      2nd May | 27th June
      Region:
      North West Highlands
      Duration:
      6 night(s)
      Difficulty:
      Blue Grade 6

      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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      Diana Herriott

      Open Canoeing - Canoeing the Scottish Highlands

      Age: 60 - 70
      Country: USA
      Trip Date: 07/09/2019
      Trips Taken: 1

      The Bottom Line

      The Bottom Line

      We felt the materials we were sent prior to the trip were realistic as to what happened on our trip. The kit list was very valuable, helping us be prepared for varying weather conditions. We would highly recommend this trip to others!

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      Caroline Taylor

      Open Canoeing - Canoeing the Scottish Highlands

      Age: 80 - 90
      Country: United Kingdom
      Trip Date: 07/09/2019
      Trips Taken: 10

      The Bottom Line

      The Bottom Line

      It was a great trip which I booked with much trepidation, but thoroughly enjoyed. As this was my 13th or 14th trip, I think you can say I like Wilderness Scotland's way of doing things.

      JR

      Jonathan Richards

      Open Canoeing - North West Highlands

      Age: 50 - 60
      Country: United Kingdom
      Trip Date: 03/08/2019
      Trips Taken: 1

      The Bottom Line

      The Bottom Line

      Start to finish it was a great trip in a very special corner of Scotland.

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      Popular Open Canoeing Holidays

      Trip Next Departure Price Duration  
      Open Canoeing – River Spey Descent 11/05/2020 £695 4 Nights Trip Details
      Open Canoeing – Canoeing the Scottish Highlands 23/05/2020 £1,495 6 Nights Trip Details
      Open Canoeing – Great Glen Canoe Trail 16/05/2020 £845 5 Nights Trip Details

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