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river spey three days


Scottish OPen Canoe Expedition:

River Spey Three 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 trip in Craigellachie.


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 campsite.



Day 2: Boat of Balliefurth to Blacksboat



Day 3: Blacksboat to Craigellachie



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


£ 325 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.


Transport at the start and end of the journey, leaving and returning to Aviemore.


All camp craft equipment: Tent (Two clients of same sex sharing), all cooking, eating and drinking utensils, First nights evening meal, Second days breakfast lunch and evening meal and  finally  Breakfast and Lunch on the Third 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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