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loch/river tay three days


Scottish Open Canoe Expeditions:

Loch & River Tay 3 days






This trip is suitable for an individual who has two / three days experience of canoeing on flat water who are confident and comfortable to learn the skills to negotiate the rapids later in the trip.


Canoeing Loch Tay under the shadow of Ben Lawers towards Kenmore. Camping on a deserted island before heading down the river Tay taking in the rapids interspersed with calm water and the opportunity to take in the views of highland Perthshire. On day three the vista changes offering calmer water, gorgeous views before finally the view of Dunkeld bridge and passing the cathedral signals the end to our trip. 



Meeting the night before at Dunkeld to aboard Source's Transport, travelling to the start of the expedition near Killin provides an opportunity to meet the other canoeists in the group, share a meal and stay in a luxury WigWam!


Day 1: Paddling Loch Tay with the option of Sailing, (wind permitting) down Beautiful Loch Tay Camping on Priory Island near Kenmore. This deserted island hosts history dating back to Queen Sybila in the 11 century and more recently a 16th century derelict enclave.




Day 2: Leaving the Loch behind and starting the venture down the largest volume river in the UK. Great water for practising those river skills interspersed with rapids such as “Chinese Bridge” “Church pool rapid” the “fisherman's rapid” finishing the day above Grandtully rapids, home of the Scottish Canoe Associations (SCA) international slalom site. Camping at the SCA campsite offering a chance for a warm shower and a hot meal in the local restaurant or bar.




Day 3: Putting in below Grandtully rapids (option of the paddle for the brave!) the river meanders through arable land and forest weaving its way downstream, alongside the Ruin of the Cathedral before travelling under the picturesque bridge marking the town of Dunkeld and the end of your expedition. Finishing off with a celebratory Stovie in the Taybank Bar!




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.





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.




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


£ 350 pp



Expedition Dates



What's Included?


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


All camp craft equipment: Tent (Two clients of same sex sharing), all cooking and eating utensils, First nights evening meal, Second days breakfast and a late lunch at the Taybank bar. (please state on booking, any dietary requirements)


Transport from Dunkeld to the start of the trip and back to your vehicle on day three.


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



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