Scottish Loch & River Canoeing - Tay 

From Lake to River past Castles and Mountains 

Few places are more spectacular and steeped in history than the famous glens of Scotland 

No need to be a paddling hero 

You do have to have done a bit of canoeing for this trip. The terrain can be challenging but perfectly do-able by regular non athletes. Join us for a weekend to brush up your moving water skills beforehand if its been a while.  

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Comfort and wonder 

A variety of travelling accommodation along the way keeps things interesting. Hostels, campsites and wilderness camping. We will ensure you are warm and comfortable with our great tents and sleep systems.

Self-sufficiency - wonderful simplicity 

Like all great adventures, living and travelling simply allows you to relax into the journey and enjoy  the moment.

Great food 

Sometimes it is freshly cooked on a stove, or over an open fire and sometimes it is a cheeky chippy to celebrate a good day, but we love good food, so our trips are always well catered. 

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Open Canoes - the original adventure boat

An expeditionary adventure by paddle 

The open canoe:  a shape and style developed over centuries that is used to traverse so many terrains, carries everything required for a journey and can take advantage of the wind when it is in your favour.

On this trip we launch onto Loch Tay and then progress down onto the river Tay flowing from the eastern end. 

The broad plan is: 
Meet the eveing before at the accomodation for a briefing and the fitting and checking of equipment followed by a Full day on Loch Tay with an overnight camp. This is a fantastic loch complete with castles and forts. It is a great chance to knock the dust off your padlding skills and tune your mind into the coming adventure. 

The Second day will see us completing the lake passage, visiting a castle and progressing onto the first section of moving water with some nice warm up rapids before another wild camping night under canvas.

Day 3 sees the most moving water action bouncing down some lovely rapids before stopping in the paddlers campsite at Grantully. There is an option to discuss here at the end of the day (or beginning of the next day) if Grantully rapids - a challenging competition rapid section with some meaningful rapids - would be a fun challenge. By then we will be able to make some informed decisions about whether to run them or not. This night will have showers and pints. 

On the last day we put in either above or below the rapids for a nice bouncy but kind and beautiful last stretch to the trailer eventually finishing up in some nice accomodation in Dunkeld 

Tipi tents pitched in woods

Adventure Living 

Relax after a great day in beautiful surroundings

Like the vagabonds we pretend to be for a week, we utilise a variety of accommodation options;  sleeping on beds, on mown grass and under trees (in a tent of course!).

It is  one of the lovely things about this trip - meeting other fellow travellers, with the same form of chosen transport and sharing the love of being outdoors but also finding a quiet spot where we can just hear the lake and crackling of a campfire.

We have great tents, sleeping mats and sleeping bags - we pride ourselves on having excellent, comfortable equipment - the kind of kit that makes you glad to be outside.

The washing facitlies are basic here and generally carried in by us, we have a great hygenic and private toilet for people to use theat we bring with us

There are showers at the indoor accommodation sites and the paddlers campsite at Grantully. 

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Fantastic Food 

Fuel for fun 

Lovely simple food is prepared by the instructors, with all meals provided.

This is a shared adventure experience so we expect that everyone will want to get involved in the whole experience including pitching tents, finding drinking water and cooking.

The stoves are always available to you to make a brew, cup of soup or popcorn if you feel the need.

Breakfast is generally something hot to warm you up - sometimes meaty and sometimes Vicky’s porridge with yummy bits.

Lunch is normally wraps with fillings, sandwiches or oatcakes and pate, with dried fruit and snacks.

Dinners vary - sometimes they are freshly prepared curries and dahl or pasta dishes and sometimes we eat together at a real table and chairs - with someone else looking after the washing up. We always have a pudding too!  Every meal within a trip is included - you may wish to buy an extra pud or pint of beer (you will have earned it - go on!). 

The trip at a glance

Dates and Costs 

  • 4 days adventure and 5 nights accommodation

  • Pickup:
    Dunkeld 1800. 15 August 2022

  • Drop off:  Dunkeld Train Station 09:00 20 August 2022

  • £795 per person 

    Optional extra to arrive a day early and climb a local Munro overlooking Loch Tay.
    £100 supplement

    Accomodation is in bunks, tents and hammock

What is included?

  • Indoor accommodation in a shared room, camping in a single or double tent

  • All meals from Monday dinner to Saturday  Breakfast 

  • All technical equipment

  • British qualified Canoeing Instructors

  • Transport from and to the train stations

  • Bring only a small bag as we are travelling by Canoe - we provide everything for outdoor living
    (and it is good quality)

What do we actually do

  • Brush up your Canoe skills on the first day 

  • Paddle the heart of Scotland 

  • Camp in amazing places

  • Watch sunsets, with a brew/dram

  • Cook on a campfire, cook on a stove, cook in a communal kitchen, buy dinner

  • Have a laugh as a friendly welcoming group of like-minded people

River Tay Accessibility

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Vision

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    Suitable for people able to navigate short stretches of rough ground unaided and longer walks with assistance

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  • We are well staffed for this trip, a lot of help is available for support both on and off travel time

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    Come with an adventure buddy

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    Arrange an Anyone Can volunteer guide

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Cognition

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  • Suitable for those able to self manage without dedicated support or with a dedicated carer (who could drive between sites)

  • We will help with meals, reminding about medications etc 

  • Participants should be capable of understanding and acting appropriately around fires and the water's edge without constant supervision 

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    Come with an adventure buddy

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Mobility  

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    Suitable for people who can travel short distances unaided and longer distances with support 

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    Canoe access requires rough ground walking and up to 500m to access campspots

  • The trip is possible for walking aid users.

    Frequent need to travel in uneven slippery ground occasionally without warning

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Auditory 

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    Suitable for people with most auditory impairments that do not require signing to communicate 

  • A BSL assistant instructor is occasionally available

  • We have radios and Tloop transmission  units to aid hearing when seperated in differing boats 

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    Arrange an Anyone Can volunteer guide

From London by rail 

London Haymarket then Change for the Dunkeld train 6 hours 47 Minutes you can use the Caladonian Sleeper for this journey if you fancy sleeping trough it

Or

Travel up during the day on the day before stay overnight in Edinburgh and get the Local train the next day.

Other places by rail

Any rail route that arrives in Edinburgh is easy.  Glasgow is the Northern terminal of the West Coast main line and Edinburgh (50mins from Glasgow) is similarly the head of the East Coast mainline. This means that most of the UK is in easy reach of a train going the right way. 

By Air 

Fly into Edinburgh city and hop on the train

European Start up Funded 

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European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development  

Europe investing in rural areas

Anyone Can: Connecting Transport Hubs to Lake Shores - Accessible Canoeing

Purchase of an accessible powered support and rescue vessel, and a mobile fleet of canoes with trailer

It is part funded by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development 

Supported by the Cumbria Fells and Dales Local Action Group 

Excellent accessibility icons designed by Emma Briggs Design

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