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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.

    202 review(s)

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

    River Spey Descent

    57 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.
    Region:
    Cairngorms and Central Highlands
    Duration:
    1 Days / Nights
    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:
    7th May | 25th June
    Region:
    Multi-Location
    Duration:
    6 Days / 5 Nights
    Difficulty:
    Blue Grade 4
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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:
    4th September
    Region:
    Cairngorms and Central Highlands
    Duration:
    7 Days / 6 Nights
    Difficulty:
    Green Grade 3

    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:
    21st August | 14th May
    Region:
    North West Highlands
    Duration:
    7 Days / 6 Nights
    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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    Helen Littlejohn

    Open Canoeing - River Spey Descent

    Age: 50 - 60
    Country: United Kingdom
    Trip Date: 31/08/2020
    Trips Taken: 1

    The Bottom Line

    The Bottom Line

    If you want to canoe the Spey, then Wilderness Scotland is the company to go with. Well planned itinerary, excellent kit, superb food and professional guides and organised back office staff. Thanks for a great week!

    CT

    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.

    DH

    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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    Popular Open Canoeing Holidays

    Trip Next Departure Price Duration  
    Open Canoeing – River Spey Descent N/A N/A N/A Trip Details
    Open Canoeing – Canoeing the Scottish Highlands 04/09/2021 £1,495 6 Nights Trip Details
    Open Canoeing – Great Glen Canoe Trail 28/08/2021 £865 5 Nights Trip Details

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