River Spey Descent. 29th June-2nd July 2019.
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Day 1. Aviemore. 1000 am. distance to camp 24km
We will meet you at The Old Bridge Inn pub, handy as they do accommodation as well, so ideal for the night before and is a stones throw from Aviemore train station. The Old Bridge inn is the put in point where you will have plenty of time to sort your equipment out and get changed.
We get onto the River Spey and spend the first day learning manoeuvring skills as for a short section the river is moving.
Day 2. –Boat of Balliefurth distance to camp 25km
After breakfast its time to de-camp and get back onto the river breakfast, we are now paddling in whisky country and the scenery is breathtaking, again we will have more time as we paddle along for you to practice your paddle skills. After lunch the second part of the day gets a bit more exciting with a grade 2 rapid called the washing machine, which we need to go through in order to get to our next camping spot.
Day 3. Craigellachie distance to camp 20km
Today is an exciting day as we paddle through the famous Knockando rapids, don’t worry again it is a grade two rapid and it will test you but not for long And again at the end of the day we will make camp near Craigellachie.
Day 4. Spey Bay distance to the end 30km
A slightly longer day today, however the flow starts to pick up speed now as the river is nearing the end at Spey bay and joins the North sea, and the closer we get to the coast as does the scenery to a more flatter coastal plain.
This is where all good things come to and end and we will transport you back to Aviemore which is around an hour and a half at most.
We aim to finish by 4pm.
A few River Spey facts.
he River Spey is 170 km long and flows from Loch Spey into the Moray Firth. It is the fastest flowing river in Scotland, and the 9th longest in the UK.
The Moray Firth is the largest in Scotland, with 800 km of coastline. Part of it is a protected wildlife area, and it is one of the best places in the UK to see whales and dolphins.
The River Spey descends almost 380 metres over its length, making it popular for canoeing.
More whisky is produced along the banks of the Spey than anywhere else in Scotland. The world’s best-selling single malt whisky, Glenfiddich, is distilled here.
This journey is ideal suited for people who have had some paddling time before, its not essential but we do start on moving water from the start.
Hat and Sunglasses.
Sun cream (waterproof)
1x set of footwear to get wet and a dry pair for the evening.
1 x waterproof jacket and trousers
Knife fork and spoon
4 days worth of food for the canoe phase
One sleeping bag
One roll mat
One small torch
Bag to put it all in
Note spare clothes are advised incase you go for an involuntary swim.
1 x 16 Foot Venture canoe 2 person per boat.
1 x Dry barrel
3 x Paddles
2 x Buoyancy aids
2 x Helmets
Transport back to Aviemore from Spey Bay.