CANOE GUIDED ADVENTURES 

RANNOCH MOOR CROSSING

5 days/4 nights expedition

£500pp

3rd-7th October 2022

The crossing of Rannoch Moor from the A82 and Loch Ba in the west, through a network of lochs and rivers, crossing one of the most wild and remote plateaus of Scotland, and into Highland Perthshire; has to be one of the most iconic canoe journeys. Connecting the various lochs and rivers, we will transfer between environments, and doing what the canoe was truly designed for.  We will need and use a wide variety of open canoe skills, from personal paddling skills on loch and river, to the many traditional skills of rafting, sailing, lining, tracking, poling and snubbing.  Being fully self-sufficient we will wild camp along the way, cooking and camping under the stars.  
We will aim to complete as much of the journey as possible, starting from Loch Ba, finishing somewhere between the eastern end of Loch Rannoch, in the Tummel system or if we are making good progress, at Pitlochry.  We will enjoy fantastic paddling on Lochs Ba, Laidon, Eigheach, Rannoch and Tummel; as well as the fantastic rivers of the Gaur, Garbh Ghaoir, Abhainn Ba and Tummel. 

This is quite simply one of the finest journeys you can do in a canoe, and we look forward to sharing it with you.

Who is this trip for:

This committing expedition is designed for "Intermediate+" canoe paddlers who are comfortable paddling solo in winds to force 4 and on Grade 2/3 moving water. You will be comfortable paddling distances up to 25-30km in a day on both loch and river.  You will be familiar and practiced with the traditional skills of poling, lining, tracking, rafting and sailing - and keen to develop these further in context.  You will be well practiced at camping and outdoor cooking, and self-sufficient in this regard.

Guides

Matt Haydock & Liam Green

Dates

3rd-7th October 2022

Price

£500

Price includes all coaching/guiding on this 5 day / 4 night expedition.

You will need all of your own equipment, food and transport.

Enquiries and Booking:

For more information about this trip, please CONTACT US.

To book on the dates of this trip, please BOOK HERE.

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KNOYDART CANOE EXPEDITION

5 days/4 nights expedition

£500pp

6th-10th June 2022

The "Rough Bounds of Knoydart" on the west coast of Scotland, and the iconic Lochs of Morar, Nevis and Hourn, as well as the Sound of Sleat, are surrounded by towering mountains, along with wild and remote terrain.  Abundant wildlife, stunning scenery, amazing sunsets, a rich history, a vibrant isolated community, and of course, Britain's most remote pub!  This expedition links together the vast expanses of water and aims of explore of much of the area as possible.  Starting on Loch Morar, we will aim to explore the full expanse of the UK's deepest loch, before transferring into Loch Nevis - exploring the Upper parts to Sourlies bothy, and the lower part which includes the isolated village of Inveree.  Depending on the sea conditions, we may journey into the Sound of Sleat, or retrace our steps.

Paddling on wide exposed lochs, and along stunning coastlines will also be accompanied by some portaging - but this is all part of the experience, and an essential part of a remote expedition such as this.  This is truly one of the most fantastic places in the UK to explore by Open Canoe, and we hope you can join us.

Who is this trip for:

This trip is designed for Intermediate canoe paddlers who are comfortable paddling solo in winds to force 4.  You will be comfortable paddling distances up to 20-25km in a day, and have enough fitness for a 5km portage over rough terrain.  You will be well practiced at camping and outdoor cooking too, and self-sufficient in this regard.

Guides

Matt Haydock & Liam Green

Dates

6th-10th June 2022

Price

£500

Price includes all coaching/guiding on this 5 day / 4 night expedition.

You will need all of your own equipment, food and transport.

Enquiries and Booking:

For more information about this trip, please CONTACT US.

To book on the dates of this trip, please BOOK HERE.

MOIDART CANOE EXPEDITION

4 days/3 nights expedition

£400pp

23rd-26th August 2022

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, depending on the weather conditions.

Itinerary:

Day 1 - Meeting at Banavie (just outside Fort William), we will set up the vehicle shuttle for the trip, before heading to Glenfinnan (trip start), 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 for early afternoon.  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 on the coast.

Day 4 - Sea conditions dependent, we will then paddle along the coast and into Loch Ailort, or alternatively finish at Kinlochmoidart. After retrieving the vehicles, a hearty end of expedition meal at the Glenuig Inn awaits us before we say our goodbyes.

Who is this trip for:

This trip is designed for Intermediate canoe paddlers who are comfortable paddling solo in winds to force 4 and on gentle moving water.  You will be comfortable paddling distances up to 20km in a day.  You will be well practiced at camping and outdoor cooking.

Guides

Matt Haydock & Liam Green

Dates

23rd-26th August 2022

Price

£400

Price includes all coaching/guiding on this 4 day / 3 night expedition.

You will need all of your own equipment, food and transport.

Enquiries and Booking:

For more information about this trip, please CONTACT US.

To book on the dates of this trip, please BOOK HERE.

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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:

For more information about this trip, please CONTACT US.

To book on the dates of this trip, please BOOK HERE.

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:

For more information about this trip, please CONTACT US.

To book on the dates of this trip, please BOOK HERE.

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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:

For more information about this trip, please CONTACT US.

To book on the dates of this trip, please BOOK HERE.

BESPOKE CANOE GUIDING

Prices starting from £200 per day

No matter what kind of expedition or guiding you are looking for: camping or hotel based? beginner or advanced? 7 days or 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 CONTACT US