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NEW Bushcraft Canoe Expedition - River Tay Descent, Scotland




The River Tay in north-east Scotland is a beautiful river, carrying the highest flow in Scotland. Because it has some sections of Grade 3 rapid we are only opening this trip to those who have already completed a white water multi-day journey by canoe (e.g. River Spey). Our journey starts gently with a 24 km paddle down Loch Tay. As soon as we enter the River below the loch there is a chain of interesting rapids running through the forest! There are several calm sections, but we will experience a few exciting grade 3 rapids such as Grandtully. Don't worry, there will be options for paddlers to get out and carry their boats if they don't want to attempt particular sections or if the instructor deems it high risk.

The expedition is a four day canoe journey starting from Loch Tay, high up the river and ending at the City of Perth. We will be combining white water canoe skills, bushcraft and nature watching while en route.

The trip should suit moderate river canoeists wanting to step up their skills.

Travelling by canoe can be great for watching wildlife. On a recce trip down this river we saw ospreys fishing.

The distance to be travelled is around 60 miles and the river is classified as grade 3 - we will be mixing wild camping at strategic points along the river, but possibly using some official campsites depending on our progress and other issues.


You will spend four full days, covering the following:

  • white water skills such as breaking in and out, ferry gliding which would contribute towards necessary 3 star BCU experience
  • basic camp craft, such as cooking on fires, Leave No Trace
  • knife and saw use
  • primitive firelighting techniques with reference to local tinders and cooking on a fire
  • local plants, foraging (if applicable) and their uses
  • shelter principles, clothing, and how to set up a hammock and tarp system (available for hire or purchase on the expedition)
  • identification and ecology of wild animals encountered en route


The course is open to those who have completed a multi-day canoe trip on white water grade 2 river (e.g. Spey) - give us a call if you are not sure if you have suitable experience.

In addition you must:

  • be over 18 years old, or accompanied by a parent;
  • have some outdoor experience (e.g. hill walking, camping, adventure sports, bushcraft etc.)
  • have a reasonable level of physical fitness
  • be able to swim and
  • have a sense of humour!


The price £420 includes instruction, canoe usage, and all meals while on the expedition, but not the first night of arrival. We can arrange pick ups from Crianlarich Station.

To reserve a place now you need to pay a deposit of £100 - the balance is due two calendar months in advance of the course.


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