Craggan Outdoors is bordered by the world famous River Spey, so it would be something of a crime not to include it amongst our activities. There can be few better ways to spend a morning, afternoon or full day than sitting in canoes with your family or friends, paddling and drifting down a majestic river like the Spey, with the panoramic back-drop of the Cromdale Hills and Cairngorms.
The great thing about Craggan Outdoors’ location is that we have our own river access, something that is very rare amongst providers of river canoeing trips. What this means for you is no long drives to drop-off and pick-up points, more time paddling, and more of your time left free for other great experiences. Our standard canoe trip is a half-day from Broomhill Bridge, a historic Thomas Telford designed wooden bridge that is 5 miles upstream from Craggan Outdoors, paddling downstream back to Craggan Sands, the get-out point at the bottom of our golf course.
Having met at the centre and been briefed by your experienced instructor, and then kitted up with buoyancy aid, paddle and helmet, it’s just a 5 minute or so drive to the put-in point. You are then left with your instructor to start your trip and enjoy your paddle down this easy Grade 1 (sometimes thinking about Grade 2) stretch of the beautiful Spey. Accordingly the trips are suited and accessible to all ages and abilities, including family groups with young children, and those with disabilities, including wheelchair users as long as they can transfer from chair to boat. If you like your adventure on the slow & leisurely at-one-with-nature end of the spectrum, then a canoe trip is definitely one for you.
At the end of your trip, usually up to 2 hours or so – depending upon speed of water, direction and speed of wind, and your group itself – it’s just a short walk across the golf course back to our changing rooms and Clubhouse Café. Price per person for a half-day trip is from £41 upwards, depending upon the number of participants.
If you’re fancying something longer, then several times a season, as per client demand, we will run full-day trips, with the stretch of river chosen according to the specific group’s prior experience and ability, with these being priced from £67 per person. A couple of times a year we will also run three or four day Spey descents, priced from £295 per person upwards as a guide, taking in the full beauty of this majestic river from Aviemore (4 days) or Grantown-on-Spey (3 days), to where it meets the sea at Spey Bay on the Moray coast, camping overnight with campsite catering. Check out the video above for a taste of this, courtesy of a group of Swedes that we took down the river in summer 2014. Forgive the occasionally fruity language.
If you fancy either of these options then get in touch and we can tailor a trip to suit your group. Always book ahead to avoid disappointment. Please also check out how your participation in this activity contributes to Craggan Outdoors’ support of our chosen charity, Water for Kids.
As a responsible operator, Craggan Outdoors follows and promotes the Scottish Canoe Association’s guidance on Protecting the Environment.