When to go
May to September
This adventure takes place on the River Spey (in the 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 Glasgow for a schedule pickup (or there is an option to meet in Graton on Spey). 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: Granton to Boat of Balliefurth (11km)
- 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.
If these schedule dates do not suit please contact us to arrange a custom trip on different dates (subject to availability).
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 river adventure. 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.
This is an all inclusive package with everything sorted for you (ask the guide if you have any questions).
There is an option to for a pick-up in Glasgow and transfer fro £120 to join this trip (please call or email for details).
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 and Paul McKinstry.
- Accommodation during the adventure
- Transport during the adventure
- All meals during the adventure
- Technical kit
- Option for pickup from bus/train/airport
- Personal activity insurance
- 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.