This is a great trip for confident beginners, with some familiarity with basic paddling strokes, looking for a challenge. If you're in Scotland and don't want the usual tours, but want the comfort level of hotels at night and most meals provided, a non-camping trip like this might be perfect for you. There is white water,, and some tricky areas, including the "washing machine" rapids on the Spey, and Scotland has the ability to be cool and rainy, but even at 72 years old this did not turn out to be a problem for me. The guides/instructors are skilled and patient and I never felt at risk. This is advertised for beginners, but I'd recommend experience in the basic paddling strokes which makes the transition to moving water easier.
The trip, one of many available through Wilderness Scotland, gave us and opportunity to sample different conditions in 6 different river styles and surroundings, however our group elected to visit the Culloden Battlefield on the last 1/2 day, and Wilderness was fine with this,, transporting us to the attraction and then back to the train in Inverness.
River/Creek (Up to Class II)
Number of Portages:
No portages, but canoes are unloaded from trailer each day and reloaded at day's end
All safety gear is provided and the guides proved excellent at keeping us all safe through a number of capsizes
Given September weather, a change clothing is going to be important. Weather/waterproof jackets can be used if your outerwear is not sufficient. A list of recommended clothes is provided.
September can involve rain and cool conditions.