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Scottish Open Canoe Trips:

Canoe The River Tay:  Journeys, Holidays & Expeditions



The Tay is the longest river in Scotland and the river with the largest discharge in the UK, the size of the Severn and Thames combined. This volume of water allows us to paddle it all year round even in the height of the Summer the loch river is a gem threading its way threw highland Perthshire.



A trip down the Tay Loch and River system is always special as the water and vista is ever changing. Travelling along the Loch overshadowed by the Ben Lawers range of mountains before heading towards the model village of Kenmore. Descending into the river Tay allows us to pass Taymouth Castle and Chinese bridge rapids before passing through Aberfeldy and under General Wades bridge. Descending faster rapids towards and round the national white water slalom course at Grandtully. The vista opens up and the river relaxes winding and weaving into Dunkeld and downstream becoming tidal in Perth.



This River and Source Adventure offer you a multitude of options!


River Tay Two day Canoe Descent


A pure river trip starting at Kenmore and travelling down to Dunkeld engaging activity, absorbing the environment and wildlife, negotiating rapids and relaxing within the calm meandering drift the Tay offers. This trip is a great introduction to moving water as the rapids are defined with calm pools often either side of the flow. Allowing you to take your time to contemplate your chosen route and fully engage with the river. This trip is ideal for the beginner who has some experience of flat water paddling and is keen to learn about canoeing on the white stuff but never above grade two white water which is ideal for beginners. 


Loch & River Tay Three day Canoe Descent


Killin to Dunkeld Canoe descent encompassing a variety of environments from the loch to river, camping on a deserted island one night to a campsite the next, starting in a mountainous region into the arable land downstream. This ever changing environment keeps you on your toes and if that doesn't the rapids sure will!


This trip is suitable for the novice canoeist who is fit and willing to put the extra energy in that may be required alongside the willingness to learn and engage in a grade two white water environment. 



Recommended reading:

25 Canoe Classics by Eddie Palmer


Scottish Canoe Touring by the SCA

Paddle your own Canoe by Gary and Joanie McGuffin

All available here



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