Descend the River Spey by canoe

Suitable for


Group size


Ideal length

5 days

When to go

All year round


From £375pp

This adventure takes place on the River Spey (Highlands), a beautiful river in the northeast of Scotland, famous for its salmon fishing and whisky production. If you’re looking for a classic British paddling experience, then a descent of the Spey is an absolute must. Escape the rush of life and immerse yourself in nature!

On the first day you will meet your guide in Aviemore at 9.00am and go through the kit and the expedition plan. Once all members are ready and sorted then it'll be time to head off on your epic descent all the way to the sea! Everyday you'll have a local village to aim for where comfortable camping grounds and hot meals await.

A typical itinerary for the 100km journey is:

- Day 1: Aviemore to Boat of Balliefurth (21km)

- Day 2: Boat of Balliefurth to Cragganmore (26.5km)

- Day 3: Cragganmore to Craigellellachie (21.5km)

- Day 4: Craigellellachie to Fochabers (20km)

- Day 5: Fochabers to Spey Bay (9km)

The river has moderate grade 1 & 2 rapids which makes it the perfect level of challenge. You'll feel its rich local history, wildlife and culture as you progress at a gentle pace, allowing for personal reflection and plenty of laughs.

Reaching the mouth is an overwhelming feeling and you'll celebrate your achievement with a final celebration meal and stay at Garmouth Hotel, which is included in this excellent package.

All in all this is a fantastic option because it’s very easy to organize and requires minimal kit or fitness.

We recommend you contact the guide to agree a date. Adventure sorted!

Your guide

Kieron Fitzsimons is an expert canoeist and expedition leader. With over 35 years experience leading groups down rivers in Ireland and Scotland, you're sure to get the very best out of your epic Spey descent. This man can put up a tent in less than a minute and light a fire with his bare hands (supposedly!). Kieron will pass on skills learnt over a lifetime in the outdoors and is the perfect coach for those seeking to develop as all round paddlers.

Contact Kieron today on 07717000349 or send him a booking request through our system. 

Additional info

This is an all inclusive package with everything sorted for you (ask the guide if you have any questions).

Please note you have to be 18 years or over to book this adventure (unless accompanied by a parent or guardian).

Wilderness Now does not provide this activity. It acts as agent facilitating your entry into a contract in respect of this activity, which is provided by Kieron Fitzsimons. 


  • Accommodation during the adventure
  • Transport during the adventure
  • All meals during the adventure
  • Technical kit
  • Option for pickup from bus/train/airport
  • Coaching

Not Included

  • Personal expenditures (e.g. pub drinks)

How to get there

Train to Aviemore

London Euston or London Kings Cross to Aviemore takes around 7 hours 30 min. There are some direct trains and others that change at Edinburgh Waverley.

Car to Aviemore

London to Aviemore takes around 9 hours 30 mins driving via the M6.

Plane to Aviemore

There are flights to Inverness from most London airports and then its around 40 mins taxi or 35 mins by train to Aviemore.

Where to stay

Book your adventure today!
From £375pp