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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.

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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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    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.

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    River Spey Descent

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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.
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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.
    • 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.
    • 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 Stac Pollaidh.

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    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.


    Sue Blessington

    Open Canoeing - Canoeing the Scottish Highlands

    Age: 60 - 70
    Country: UK
    Trip Date: 09/07/2022
    Trips Taken: 1

    The Bottom Line

    The Bottom Line

    A fantastic experience creating wonderful memories


    Caroline Blagg

    Open Canoeing - Canoeing the Scottish Highlands

    Age: 60 - 70
    Country: United Kingdom
    Trip Date: 09/07/2022
    Trips Taken: 6

    The Bottom Line

    The Bottom Line

    An enjoyable canoeing trip in a variety of beautiful locations with excellent guides showing us the way.


    Rebecca Brown

    Open Canoeing - Canoeing the Scottish Highlands

    Age: 40 - 50
    Country: United Kingdom
    Trip Date: 09/07/2022
    Trips Taken: 1

    The Bottom Line

    The Bottom Line

    It was awesome. Stop reading and go book a trip!

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    Popular Open Canoeing Holidays

    TripNext DeparturePriceDuration 
    Open Canoeing – River Spey Descent 24/04/2023 £595 3 Nights Trip Details
    Open Canoeing – The Scottish Highlands 27/05/2023 £1,495 6 Nights Trip Details
    Open Canoeing – Great Glen Canoe Trail 29/04/2023 £875 5 Nights Trip Details

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