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What our clients say...

"Really enjoyable expedition."

"All information given was clear. Sean was very friendly and personable. It would have been interesting to have more advanced tandem techniques introduced. Overall very happy."

"Brilliant fun. Learnt some new stuff on moving water and didn’t capsize – Great! Not just paddling – a campfire cookery course too!"

"Good fun, love exped. Nice coaching skills at start of trip – really helped my arms ache less. Lovely thanks! I would use Wild River for future paddlesports qualifications – I’m on the mailing list."

"Sean has a fantastic sense of humour and is a brilliant coach. He went over some stuff I already knew, but a lot of new stuff taught in a fun manner."

"Loved it! Individual needs were catered for very well, especially good as there were so many people."

Good 1 to 1 guidance at level we all paddle at. Made fully aware of all aspects of what to do. Excellently led, learnt a lot and progressed more each day. Given good advice all over for both paddling and camping.
Johnny Walker
Canoe Expedition July 13

Really enjoyed it. Sean lead the exped very well and provided lots of help and advice. I learnt lots and got help / advice when needed.

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Open Canoe Expeditions

At Wild River we can deliver the ultimate expedition experience!

We deliver a complete service where we will plan your trip and organise all the logistics. This allows us to then coach and guide you on the trip, allowing you to enjoy the journey while we deal with the stressful stuff.

Alternatively you could hire one of our coaches to advise and support you on the trip that you have planned. They can help make the trip run smoother and give guidance when needed.

We offer this service as a tailor made option for you and your group. After some discussion together we will come up with the best package for you. We can advise on the options dependant on how much time you have and what kind of experience you want.


Below is a selection of classic multi day trips in Scotland.

Classic Great Glen Expedition

Cross Scotland from Fort William to Inverness. This trip takes in some of the finest scenery in the Highlands starting at the foot of Ben Nevis and journeying through canals, rivers and Scotland's largest loch, Loch Ness. 

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Loch Tay and River Tay

The River Tay flows out of the sixth largest loch in Scotland .It offers great canoe paddling at around grade two. There is the opportunity to use a wide range of skills to journey from Loch Tay to Perth so 75 km down river.

Below is a sample itinerary put together for a group of sea paddlers from the Isle of Man who wanted a canoe expedition in Scotland.

Day one

  • Meet and sort logistics. Decide which way round to go
  • Travel to either Inverness or Fortwilliam
  • Shuttle, packing and getting boats ready
  • Shop for food if necessary in Tesco in Glasgow or elsewhere
  • Perhaps start the trip if not start early next morning

Day 2-5
Journey to other end wild camping or using some campsites as appropriate.

  • Hopefully paddling some grade 2 rivers.
  • Sailing with the wind on big lochs
  • Some portaging of locks
  • Wild camping and general sitting around fires talking rubbish and drinking stuff

Day 6
Short last stretch of whatever river, perhaps with empty canoes.
Early evening return to Cumbria and de-kit for a ferry either late that night or next morning.

Contact us to discuss your needs.

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Canoe sailing Lake District
Canoeing Cumbria
Open canoeing in the Lake District

Additional Info

Wild River recommends that all customers take out personal insurance for the activity.

We can tailor a course to your specific needs.

If you cannot find the course you want or the date you need then please contact us and we will try to meet your needs.

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Paddlesport courses in the Lake District