GREAT GLEN TRANS-SCOTLAND EXPEDITION

This 5 day Trans-Scotland expedition crosses the entire width of the country from Fort William at the Atlantic Ocean in the West to Inverness at the North Sea in the East - a distance of nearly 80 miles.  Following the Great Glen Way and the iconic Caldeonian Canal, a marvel of engineering, this journey also takes in four Scottish lochs: Lochy, Oich, Ness and Dochfour; with the option of two whitewater rivers. Fantastic wild camping along the route makes it one of the classic Scottish open canoe journeys.

We will be self-sufficient for the duration of the trip, carrying all of our equipment with us in the canoes, whilst wild camping and cooking.  Evenings can be spent sharing memories of the day with the rest of the team over a hearty meal and a "wee dram" under the tarp.  Qualified, experienced and knowledgeable guides take you on this adventure, who have done this journey countless times.   The versatility of the open canoe allows us to solo paddle, tandem paddle, raft, sail, track and line depending on the weather conditions.

Itinerary:

Day 1 - Meet at Fort William (Corpach) in the morning, at the top of the Neptune's Staircase, the iconic flight of locks.  Paddle the canal to the start of Loch Lochy and Camp 1

Day 2 - Loch Lochy to Loch Oich/River Oich

Day 3 - Loch Oich/River Oich to Foyers, halfway down Loch Ness with lunch in Fort Augustus

Day 4 - Foyers to Dochgarroch Locks

Day 5 - Dochgarroch Locks to Inverness (Clachnaharry) via canal or River Ness.  

Itinerary may be changed depending on wants/needs of the group, weather conditions (wind direction and strength primarily).

Dates

Dates available on request - contact us to discuss a tailor made booking.

Price - Tailor made depending on trip requirements

Enquiries and Booking

If you have any queries at all, please do contact us either by e-mail or by messaging us on Facebook.  

Booking Information is available here, which also outlines what is included in your course.

CANOE ADVENTURES

RIVER SPEY DESCENT

The 60 mile descent of the River Spey, a jewel in the crown of the Scottish Highlands, has to be one of the most iconic open canoe journeys in the UK.  With rapids up to Grade 2, it can provide its fair share of excitement, tranquility, history, wildlife - a true adventure.  This 4 or 5 day descent starts in Aviemore, in the heart of the Cairngorms National Park.  The journey then makes its way through breath-taking Highland scenery, passing the towns of Grantown, Charlestown of Aberlour, Rothes and Fochabers to emerge at the North Sea at Spey Bay,some 60 miles later.  With specially maintained wild camping spots along the route, the trail is just waiting for you to experience it.  For those inclined, lots of distilleries line the river banks owing to Scotland's world-renowned whiskey industry.  

We will be self-sufficient for the duration of the trip, carrying all of our equipment with us in the canoes, and wild camping and cooking.  Evenings can be spent sharing memories of the day with the rest of the team over a hearty meal and a "wee dram" under the tarp.  Every so often local hostelries are available for food and drink.  Qualified, experienced and knowledgeable guides take you on this adventure, who have done this journey countless times, and will show you the best sights and give you the best tailor-made trip.  The trip can be done either solo or tandem paddling, depending on your preference and skill level.

Itinerary:

Day 1 - Meet at Aviemore.  Meet & Greet, pack boats and paddle to Boat of Balliefurth (with fire pit to spend the evening next to)

Day 2 - Boat of Balliefurth to Cragganmore (with an option for food at the local hotel 30 mins walk away in the evening.)

Day 3 - Caragganmore to Craigellachie - via the Grade 2 "Washing Machine" and "Knockando"  rapids.  With an option for food at the local hotel, and drinks at the local well-stocked whiskey bar

Day 4 - Craigellachie to Spey Bay 

Itinerary may be changed depending on wants/needs of the group, weather conditions (river levels and wind direction/strength primarily).

Alternatively this can be spread over 5 days for a trip at a more "relaxed" pace taking in more of the local scenery and towns.

Dates

Dates available on request - contact us to discuss a tailor made booking.

Price - Tailor made depending on trip requirements,

Enquiries and Booking

If you have any queries at all, please do contact us either by e-mail or by messaging us on Facebook

Booking Information is available here, which also outlines what is included in your course.

   

LOCH SHIEL and MOIDART

One of the most remote lochs in Scotland - Lochs Shiel and Moidart lie on the west coast of Scotland between Fort William and Mallaig.  This 4 day trip takes in some of Scotland's finest scenery, history and wildlife.  Monuments, viaducts, peace and tranquility, soaring sea eagles and black-throated divers high above, towering Munros, a burial isle and ruined Chapel, a meandering river, the historic Castle Tioram, the beautiful island of Eilean Shona, the salty waters of the sea loch Moidart - all add up to make a fantastic adventure in the stunning Scottish Highlands.

We will be self-sufficient for the duration of the trip, carrying all of our equipment with us in the canoes, and wild camping and cooking.  Evenings can be spent sharing memories of the day with the rest of the team over a hearty meal and a "wee dram" under the tarp.  Qualified, experienced and knowledgeable guides take you on this adventure, who have done this journey countless times.   The versatility of the open canoe allows us to solo paddle, tandem paddle, raft, sail, track and line depending on the weather conditions.

Itinerary:

Day 1 - Meeting mid-afternoon at Glenfinnan, we have a meet and greet with a chance to see the viaduct and monument.  We will then have a kit check, pack our boats and paddle a short distance to our first campsite.

Day 2 - Loch Shiel paddling - the first section is steep sided, exposed, with breathtaking scenery and wildlife to be seen.  We will also explore the River Polloch near our second campsite.

Day 3 - In the morning, visiting the burial isle and chapel before reaching the southern end of Loch Shiel.  We will then paddle the River Shiel which meanders down to the salty waters of the tidal Loch Moidart.  A visit and explore of Castle Tioram before paddling to our third campsite.

Day 4 - Depending on desires of the group and weather and sea conditions, we will have a short paddle to our finish point at Kinlochmoidart, or a longer paddle round to Glenuig.  A hearty end of expedition meal at the Glenuig Inn awaits us before we say our goodbyes.

Dates

Dates available on request - contact us to discuss a tailor made booking.

Price - Tailor made depending on trip requirements,

Enquiries and Booking

If you have any queries at all, please do contact us either by e-mail or by messaging us on Facebook

 Booking Information is available here, which also outlines what is included in your course.

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BESPOKE CANOE GUIDING

No matter what kind of expedition or guiding you are looking for: camping or hotel based? beginner or advanced? 7 days of 1 day? - Rapid Development is on hand to give you the best possible open canoe experience.  Scotland has some of the finest waterways and scenery in the world, and offers outstanding natural beauty.  Scotland is our home, but equally we can provide an international experience for you as well.  Our qualified, knowledgable, friendly and experienced guides will strive to make sure the open canoe trip you have always wanted can be experienced.

To discuss your next guided open canoe experience, simply e-mail us or message us on Facebook.

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MASSIF CENTRAL EURO ADVENTURE

The Ardeche region of France is undoubtedly famous as one of Europe's finest open canoeing rivers.  The trouble can be, at the height of summer, everyone else knows that too!  This trip takes you to the other part of the Massif Central region of Southern France, away from the big crowds!  This tour of the region takes in the fantastic rivers of the Tarn, Allier and Orb - which offer fantastic Grade 1 and 2 paddling in breathtaking gorges, set in stunning French countryside.  Quaint villages and towns offering fine food and wine, with excellent campsites, line these iconic rivers.

This 10 day trip in July takes in the finest open canoe rivers of the region, whilst offering occasional rest days to explore the fantastic historical towns and sights of the region.

Transport is available from the UK or we can bring your boat out and collect you from Lyon airport.  Accommodation is provided at fine French campsites (you will need your own tent) as well as all meals.

Dates

July is the ideal time of year for this trip - contact us to discuss a tailor made booking.

Price - Tailor made depending on trip requirements

Enquiries and Booking

If you have any queries at all, please do contact us either by e-mail or by messaging us on Facebook

Booking Information is available here, which also outlines what is included in your course.

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