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  • North-West Frontiers Paddling through the beautiful Spey valley

    Paddling through the beautiful Spey valley


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Spey Descent

Grade Moderate
  • Scotland's classic river trip
  • From the Cairngorms to Spey Bay
  • Paddling through the heart of Scottish whisky country
  • Hotel accommodation throughout the trip

 

Scotland's classic paddle trip from the Cairngorms to Spey Bay


The Spey valley is not just renowned for its whisky but the descent of this beautiful river is one of Scotland's classic canoe river trips. Our 70 mile journey starts north of Aviemore at Kincraig, in the heart of the Cairngorms and finishes at Spey Bay on the Moray Firth.

Over 5 days we will paddle down the beautiful Spey valley with delightful sections of meandering river interspersed with rapids with names like the 'washing machine' adding to the excitement. Add the backdrop of the heather clad hills of the Cairngorms and smell of whisky this trip makes for incredible and rewarding adventure. With the distilleries of Cardhu, Cragganmore and Aberlour you certainly know you are in the heart of whisky country.

The trip is a hotel based staying in the towns and villages along the Spey and after a day of paddling it's a great way to relax in the comfort of a hotel while enjoying a 'wee dram' from one of the local distilleries recounting our adventures.


Itinerary

Day 1 - Arrive

Day 2 - Kincraig to Aviemore

Day 3 - Aviemore to Grantown-on Spey

Day 4 - Grantown-on-Spey to Ballindalloch

Day 5 - Ballindalloch to Craigellachie

Day 6 - Craigellachie to Spey Bay

Day 7 - Depart


Pickup / Dropoff

Meet at Aviemore Railway Station 16:00
Finish Inverness 11:00


Included / Excluded

Included:

  • 6 nights bed and breakfast in comfortable hotels
  • 5 days canoeing with a qualified and experienced NWF leader
  • All canoe equipment
  • All transport during trip

Excluded:
  • Travel to Aviemore and from Inverness
  • All dinners and lunches
  • Travel insurance
  • Miscellaneous expenses like drinks, entrance fees etc


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