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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 - River Spey Descent

Gary Calland
08/07/2017

5

Open Canoeing - North West Highlands

Thomas Romagne
11/08/2015

3

Open Canoeing - Great Glen Canoe Trail
It was a wonderful experience and a rewarding challenge. The instructors where friendly, keen to make our trip a great experience, keen to spend time improving our skills and worked so hard every day to make every thing come together. I will so miss my morning wake up song but still smile when I think about it! Jayne

Jayne Saxby
15/08/2014

5

Rated 4.88 out of 5 based on 180 reviews of Canoeing

5 star 162

4 star 15

3 star 3

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Open Canoeing - Canoeing the Scottish Highlands

Next available trip: 8th September        Duration: 5 night(s)
Location: 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.

Price: from £1,295

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Open Canoeing - River Spey Descent

Next available trip: 14th September        Duration: 3 night(s)
Location: 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

Price: from £675

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Open Canoeing - Great Glen Canoe Trail

Next available trip: 1st August        Duration: 4 night(s)
Location: 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

Price: from £795

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Open Canoeing - North West Highlands

Next available trip: 18th August        Duration: 6 night(s)
Location: 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

Price: from £1,095

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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

Great trip, I'm very glad to have done it, it is a challenge and requires a good level of physical fitness and endurance, it's a slow sport, which tires you out in the most pleasant way.

Carole Campbell
Open Canoeing - Great Glen Canoe Trail

Customer Rating: 4

Above average holiday experience with expert and committed guides who will happily go the extra mile to provide a first class holiday

Phil McCoy
Open Canoeing - Canoeing the Scottish Highlands

Customer Rating: 4

Rated 4.88 out of 5 based on 180 reviews of Canoeing

by Terry Scott 10/05/2018

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

4Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Thank you so much, really feel I had a complete break from my normal life after only three nights.

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by t Scott 17/09/2017

4Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

4Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

I have walked and cycled with you in the past, had I known before what the canoeing might involve I probably wouldn't have signed up but now as I look back on it I have no regrets and probably learned things about myself.

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by Isabella Pereira 13/05/2018

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Accessible wild adventures in outstanding landscapes that challenge your skills and fitness enough to give you a sense of achievement - but not so much that it's in any way a slog.

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