The Scottish Classics.
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When it comes to paddling in Scotland, two river systems are synonymous, The Great Glen and the River Spey which come to mind.
The problem is that to do both of these canoe routes you would need to take nearly two weeks off just to do them bot.
So at Intrepid Expeditions we have devised a week long paddling trip that offers you the best of both worlds by combining the best bits of these two very different river systems to give you the best Paddling experiences.
Day 1. 1000am meet at Muirtown Basin at Inverness.
We start here and leave our vehicles here to then get the minibus to shuttle us to Fort Augustus where we will have time to sort out all the equipment and we get straight onto the awe inspiring Loch Ness.
We paddle for the rest of the day and we make wild camp on the southern shore of Loch Ness for the evening or at Foyers.
Distance paddled to Foyers 16km
Day 2. Foyers to Dores bay.
After breakfast, if the wind is in the right direction we will make a raft and sail across the loch and have a spot of lunch at the foot of Urquhart Castle.
Later on in the afternoon we will reach the end of Loch Ness and either stay at Dores bay or around the corner depending on wind direction.
Total distance 18km.
Day 3. River Ness to Inverness.
After breakfast we will run the river Ness section which normally takes just under 2 hours and this is a river with some moving sections which will put your skills to practice before we start on the river spey.
We land in the heart of Inverness and get all the boats and equipment out of the water, have lunch, load up and collect our cars and head south to Aviemore to collect anymore last minute supplies and shuttle to Spey Bridge.
Travel distance to Aviemore 32 miles or 45 minutes. Aviemore to Spey Bridge 18 miles 32 minutes.
Day 4. –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 5. 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 6. 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 Spey Bridge which is around an hour at most.
We aim to finish by 4pm.
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
Shuttles from inverness to fort Augustus and Spey Bay to spey Bridge.