Canoe tour along Scotlands Whisky river, the Spey

Canoe and Whisky tour of Speyside

Spend 3 days paddling through Speyside tasting its famous single malt whiskys along the way.


The most famous exports of Scotland has to be its Single Malt Whiskys.

One of the most prolific and well known of areas in the Scottish highlands for Whisky production is Speyside.

Speyside is a beautiful part of the highlands and it is seen never better than from the River Spey that flows throught it from the mountain to the sea and gives the region its name.

We spend the days in 2 person canoes and then evenings in warm cossy traditional highland inns. That offer comfortable accommodation and of course stock the range of Malts we are interested in tasting. This trip appeals to people from all over the world and of all ages (over 18s only).

No prior canoeing experience is required as our guides will lead you safely down the river, starting on easier water before running some fun rapids and learning how to control the canoes. Then we visit the Whisky Castle in Tomintoul which gets rave reviews before finding a good highland bar in walking distance of your accommodation.

The second day the water get more fast flowing and we start to run some easy rapids and in the afternoon we stop at the Aberlour distillary for their great tour.

The canoeing on this trip is fun, with great wildlife, beautiful scenery and is a splendid journey finishing at the sea.

We provide all the transport during the course, so no worries about drinking and driving and any Whisky tasting is after the canoeing part of the day for obvious safety reasons.

If you book this as a private trip we can tailor the balance of canoeing to Whisky sampling to suit your group. We can also extend it to a 5 day trip to get more time on the river.

Typical Itinerary

Plan to arrive in Nethy Bridge the afternoon before your trip, the comfortable accommodation is included. Sample a few Whiskys to get you into the flow.

Day 1 - Nethy Bridge to Cromdale

A relaxed days paddling with views of the Cairngorm Mountains. You'll pass the Georgian town of Grantown, known as capitol of Speyside, before reaching todays destination the village of Cromdale.

Cromdale was the site of The Battle of Cromdale, 1690. Despite being a relatively minor encounter, this battle marked the effective end of the Jacobite rising.

This evening we stay at another comfortable highlands inn or hotel, with good food, good company and a few more single malt whisky to try. With 37 Speyside single malts each with various aged and finished versions, you'll not run out of Whiskys to try.

DAy 2 - Ballidaloch to Aberlour

Paddling past Ballidaloch Castle we run the rapids, called the washing machine and knockando, that add excitement to this days paddling. This section has plenty of grade 2 rapids but our guides will show you how to paddle them.

We land in Aberlour in time for the Aberlour Whisky distillary tour. Which although not the best selling single malt is in our option the best tour. The best selling Speyside Whiskys are GlenFiddich and GlenLivet.

Day 3 - Aberlour to the Spey Bay and the sea.

This is a fantastic days paddle with constantly changing scenery, from the rolling hills of Speyside to sandstone pillars at Fochabars and then the braided sections of river, with remains of hugh Scotch Pines washed down from upstream before reaching the sea.