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Scottish Open Canoe Trips:

River Spey Four Day Descent






Meeting in Aviemore in the morning before launching into the Spey for a day of tree lined meandering rapids and gently moving water paddling down to Boat of Balliefurth. Day two takes us down through more challenging water and fun technical rapids before arriving at Blacksboat for the nights wild camp. Day three sees us leave and straight back into the rapids which come thick and fast, interspersed with some calm moments to take in the views and smells of the distilleries lining the river before finishing the day in Craigellachie. Leaving Craigellachie behind we head further into the rapids before the view opens up and the saline waters merge with us as we arrive at Spey bay. Dependant on the tide and wind we can paddle out into the sea and end on the beach to finish!

This trip requires a level of prior experience in either a Kayak or Canoe of around three days paddling including elements of prior white water knowledge. Further instruction and guiding will be provided throughout the trip by your personal coach.




There will be a maximum of: One member of Source's highly qualified staff to a maximum of Six clients. We feel this is the ideal number of people so our staff can ensure you get a high level of  personal service alongside a good mix of characters.



Day 1:  Aviemore to Boat of Balliefurth



Day 2: Boat of Balliefurth to Blacksboat



Day 3: Blacksboat to Craigellachie



Day 4: Craigellachie to Spey Bay



Sounds good, but i would like to go for a shorter period then click here 


Sounds good, but you would prefer a combination of Loch and Moving water then click here

(suitable for an individual with three days experience including elements of white water knowledge)


Sounds good, but for now you would like to stick primarily to the Loch then click here

(suitable to the complete novice canoeist)


I would like to experience canoeing but also go mountaineering then click here

(Suitable for a complete novice canoeist but proficient hill walker)



Please bear in mind that if you are bringing a  group and this expedition does not fit your exact requirements or ideal date please feel free to contact the office who will be happy to arrange the perfect course and suitable date for you.



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



Expedition Cost:


£440 per person



Expedition Dates:

Please contact the office here for the dates of this expedition



What's Included?


All technical and safety equipment: Canoe, Wooden Paddle, Helmet, Buoyancy aid, Kneeling Mat, Waterproof Barrel and a Group First Aid Kit.


Transportation from Aviemore train station to the start point and return on the fourth day.


All camp craft equipment: Tent (Two clients of same sex sharing), all cooking, eating and drinking utensils, First nights evening meal, Second and Third days breakfast lunch and evening meal and  finally Breakfast and Lunch on the Fourth day (please state on booking, any dietary requirements).


Not Included - Sleeping bag, torch, personal clothing and footwear, additional luxuries items ie pack down pillow, midge net, alcoholic drinks, snacks and food out-with the meals stated above. Anything not mentioned in the list above is not included.



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