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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 - Great Glen Canoe Trail
Relaxing, fun, energetic, non stop. Just what was needed! Thanks

Peter Campbell
12/09/2015

5

Open Canoeing - Canoeing the Scottish Highlands
It was an amazing trip, we were very lucky with the weather, but you would have to be prepared to paddle in any weather. One reservation would be the Saturday paddle on the Caledonian Canal. We put in near a lock and had to contend with boats coming out of the lock, also the tourist boat coming past with it's wake. It wasn't too much of a problem for our group but if everyone had been real beginners it might have been.

Pat Stoney
16/09/2015

5

Open Canoeing - River Spey Descent
We were blessed with good weather, wonderful nature, excitement, and good cameradrie wouldn't hesitate to recommend this team and the trip itself.

Trond Larsen
15/09/2016

5

Rated 4.88 out of 5 based on 186 reviews of Canoeing

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14 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.
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Open Canoeing - River Spey Descent

Next available trip: 3rd May        Duration: 3 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
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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
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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
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Outstanding Customer Service

Open Canoeing Holidays

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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

I have not slept under canvas for at least 30yrs so was a bit concerned but had no worries on that score. I am not a canoeist but Laura was my other half and I enjoyed my time. Being older the portages were a worry but there was no need they were all handled efficiently. Over all an excellent trip.

Anne Mcintosh
Open Canoeing - North West Highlands

Customer Rating: 5

I enjoyed the trip very much. However, portaging the canoes and all the gear over rough and muddy terrain and aside waterfalls proved unnecessarily challenging as we could have put in at a different spot to avoid all of these obstacles. Hiking to/from the base of the peak (10 km RT) we wanted to climb also prevented us from actually reaching the summit. Perhaps another, shorter way up would have allowed us to reach the peak.

TEAM WILDERNESS RESPONCE:

Thanks for your feedback. The itinerary on this trip did have to be adjusted based on the weather. The put in places were chosen to give the best options for paddling and hiking but it sounds like the explanation for this could have been clearer and we’ll follow up on that.

Carolyn Betz
Open Canoeing - North West Highlands

Customer Rating: 5

Rated 4.88 out of 5 based on 186 reviews of Canoeing

by Gloria Ziebart 21/09/2017

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

4Accommodation and Food

4Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

I was able to learn a lot from the Team on how to paddle in white water. They took time to explain how the water works and techniques to use.

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by Johanna Schaub 10/06/2018

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

4Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

I booked Wilderness the 2nd time now and it was as great as the first time (MTB trip on outer Hebrides). For this trip, perhaps I would not emphasize so much the "unlikeliness of capsizing" :-) - but perhaps this is only what I wanted to focus on, because I am not so much a "water person" ...

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by Kathleen Reeser 25/09/2017

4Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Great trip. Well worth

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