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Open Canoeing – Canoeing the Scottish Classics

Green Graded Open Canoeing Holidays 1-3

Our Green grade canoeing trips are suitable for people new to open canoeing or with limited experience. The itineraries are designed to be active yet laid back with plenty of opportunity for instruction, sightseeing and relaxation.

You can expect up to 6 hours of paddling each day through mostly sheltered rivers and lochs with plenty of shore breaks to stretch the legs. These trips are usually accommodation based, with a warm bed and hot shower for you each evening. Otherwise there may be some wild camping involved.

Before joining trips in this grade, the questions you should be asking yourself are:

Are you generally active and enjoy the outdoors?
Are you up for a challenge, learning a new skill and having a lot of fun?

 

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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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by Pat Stoney 16/09/2015

4Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

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Trip Comments
Probably the day we did Aigas Gorge, but the next two days were great too.
Accommodation and Food
Your Guide
Kevin had a lot of local knowledge and experience which certainly added to the enjoyment of the trips. Jonny was good at explaining techniques and suggesting things to improve our paddling. Both had a good sense of humour.
The Bottom Line
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.

by Christine Hall 14/09/2015

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

4Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Any queries we had were answered clearly and swiflty
Trip Comments
Accommodation and Food
Your Guide
Our guides Kevin and Jonny were excellent - very professional and very personable.
Nothing was too much trouble. They adjusted the trips according to the ability and needs of the group, without making it obvious. They coped excellently with all aspects of the trip which were not anticipated. Would certainly recommend them.
The Bottom Line
We had a thoroughly enjoyable trip, canoeing open water on lochs and moving water on rivers. We saw eagles and dippers, swam in the river, had fabulous food and excellent tuition from our Guides. Didn't want to come home!

by Graeme Hall 13/09/2015

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

4Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Quick efficient answering of email queries.
Trip Comments
Accommodation and Food
Your Guide
Both Kevin and Jonny were very good. Couldn't have asked for more professional and friendly guides - excellent. They tailored the days to the needs and wants of the clients, judgeing each's ability without making it obvious. Never making a drama out of a crisis, just coped really well, leaving everybody feeling very confident in them. Wilderness should be hiring these guides regularly.
The Bottom Line
Fantastic trip - highly recommended!

by Liz Cross 13/09/2015

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Equipment list was comprehensive and realistic. Good that very specialist kit was not emphasised. Felt part of the group before arriving really as communication with Wilderness Team was regular and encouraging.
Trip Comments
The trip was beyond my wildest dreams! I felt safe, valued and and encouraged. That I am registered as partially sighted did not cause a problem and the guides did not make a fuss or make me feel a nuisance! Kevin and Johnny were highly professional, but showed warmth and humour throughout the trip, nothing was to much trouble for the,. Their expertise and knowledge of the terrain was exceptional. They took very opportunity to educate us about the area, the river systems and local history. Kevin is a natural storyteller and Always calm, fun and thoroughly focused on our safety and enjoyment. I liked the balance between challenge and relaxation. Both Kevin and Johnny were able to read the energy of the group and lead accordingly. Their attention to detail was exceptional. I liked the way that the 'team' was always paramount and that we were always asked and consulted re our preferences when appropriate,
Accommodation and Food
Accommodation was excellent. I'm pleased that a twin rooms were available at each. Rooms were cosy and warm. More hanging and drying space in the rooms would have helped, especially in the last accommodation in Aviemore - but a minor issue. Food was also excellent. Lots of it and tasty!
Your Guide
Have said so much previously. They were superb. Good balance between safety and humour,they deserve medals!
The Bottom Line
Wilderness Sotland is second to none! You even sent photos of our trip within a day! So lovely that you took the trouble to take our photo's in the first place as it was tricky at times to take our own - we were concentrating so hard on not capsizing!

TEAM WILDERNESS RESPONSE:

Wow its sound like you had an awesome time, we will pass on your feedback to our guides. Thank you for joining our Scottish Classics adventure and hope we get the opportunity to welcome you back to the Highlands soon.

by Hanna Makkonen 17/08/2015

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

4Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

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Trip Comments
It was like a private canoeing trip with a guide - three participants!
Accommodation and Food
Lunch boxes included were quite basic and not really nourishing for 7 hour canoeing trip a day.
Your Guide
The Bottom Line
I'll be back!!

by Martin Taylor 23/09/2014

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Trip Comments
The trip was tailored to our needs and every day was thoroughly enjoyable
Accommodation and Food
Another great trip - 4 years in a row now.
Your Guide
Both guides, Neil and Duncan, were great, very knowledgeable and fun, and always looking to make the best trip possible for us all.
The Bottom Line
Excellent trip. We had fun while learning and improving our paddling skills, and the guides, Neil and Duncan, were fantastic.

by Angela McFarlane 15/09/2014

4Pre-Trip Service

4Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

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Trip Comments
Accommodation and Food
Your Guide
The Bottom Line

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9th Sep - 14th Sep 2017
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Trip Details

This trip takes you canoeing on beautiful lochs and rivers while spending the evenings in carefully-selected Highland hotels.

Suitable for beginners and intermediate canoeists, you will learn new skills and develop techniques while enjoying day trips on classic Scottish rivers and lochs.

Exploring the central Highlands and Speyside, you will experience outstanding scenery, wildlife and whisky – as well as superb canoeing! If you’re looking for a trip that allows you to spend your days exploring the great outdoors and your evenings in comfortable accommodations, this could be the perfect trip for you.

Experience: This trip is suitable those who have little or no experience at all. You will need to be fit enough for 6 active days of canoeing. There is no hiking or portages planned for this trip – other than moving unladen canoes to and from the trailer at the start and end of each day.

Trip Itinerary

Day 1 – Canoeing Loch Ness
We meet in Inverness, from where a short transfer takes us to the shores of Loch Ness. After a safety briefing, we head onto the water to refresh our paddle strokes and learn some new techniques. We’ll then enjoy a short paddle on the famous loch, looking out for Nessie as we go! Late afternoon sees us transfer a short distance to our welcoming small hotel near Beauty. (L, D)

Day 2 – Canoeing the River Glass
The River Glass is a stunning river, bounded by beautiful woodlands and shingle banks. Canoeing on rivers brings a new set of challenges and you will learn skills to allow you to negotiate river currents and the occasional small rapid. We canoe for almost 10 miles downstream, finishing close to our hotel. (B, L)

Day 3 – Open Canoeing: Canoeing the River Beauly & Aigas Gorge
Close to our hotel, the River Glass becomes the River Beauly, which is today’s route. Continuing from where we exited the river yesterday, we launch the canoes and head downstream on the slightly faster waters of the River Beauly. The day ends with a spectacular paddle through the steep-sided walls of the Aigas Gorge, a haven for wildlife such as ospreys and otters. We return to our hotel and celebrate completing this two-day river journey. (B, L)

Day 4 – Open Canoeing: Canoeing the River Nairn
We transfer east to enjoy a canoe trip through history along the rarely-paddled River Nairn. As we paddle, we will stop at the Clava Cairns – burial mounds which date back 4,000 years. Continuing downstream, we then arrive at Culloden, where the last hand-to-hand battle on British soil was fought in 1746. At the end of the day, a short transfer takes us to the Cairngorms National Park and our hotel for the next two nights. (B, L)

Day 5 – Open Canoeing: Canoeing the River Spey
Canoeing the River Spey will be a highlight for many people. It is one of Scotland’s classic canoeing rivers and many people return to undertake the complete 4-day trip from mountains to the sea. Our guides will decide which section of the river to take on, with regards to water levels and conditions. Wherever we canoe, you’ll have a great day on the river and you may want to celebrate with one of the many local malt whiskies made in this region. (B, L, D)

Day 6 – Open Canoeing: Canoeing in the Cairngorms
We enjoyed a relaxed end to our trip with a peaceful morning paddle on one of the local lochs, such as beautiful Loch Morlich, looking up at the high peaks of the Cairngorms. Coming off the water, we transfer you back to Inverness for the trip end. (B)

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£1,195
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Next trip: 9th September

Duration: 5 night(s)

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Location: Cairngorms and Central Highlands

Comfort: Classic

Difficulty: 3

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Customer Kudos
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

We had a thoroughly enjoyable trip, canoeing open water on lochs and moving water on rivers. We saw eagles and dippers, swam in the river, had fabulous food and excellent tuition from our Guides. Didn't want to come home!

Christine Hall
14/09/2015

5

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