River Spey Canoe Expedition

Guided Adventures – River Spey

The River Spey Canoe Expedition is one of the UK’s ‘Classic Canoe Descents’ that all canoeists have on their must-do list. This canoe expedition is a true source to sea journey if you choose to launch high up in the Cairngorm Mountains by Newtonmore or do what most groups do by starting at Loch Inch by Kincraig during Summer for a guaranteed trip, following the river down to Spey Bay on the east coast of Scotland where it flows into the North Sea.

The River Spey is one of Scotland’s most scenic rivers, famous for its salmon fishing, as well as its links to the Scottish Malt Whisky Trail. No matter if you start at Newtonmore, Kincraig or Aviemore, the improver paddler has plenty of opportunity to get to grips with their canoe before the river speeds up as you get closer to Grantown on Spey.

Be sure though to plan in some additional time to enjoy your journey by taking in some local hot spots including a visit into Aviemore, Boat of Garten, Grantown on Spey, Aberlour, Fochabers and at your finish point at Spey Bay where you might be lucky enough to spot the some of the famous Moray Firth Dolphins, local osprey, and seals from the Whale & Dolphin Wildlife Centre.

All of Explore Highland’s canoe guides have paddled on the River Spey for over ten years and are well known and highly respected by other paddlers, anglers and local business through their support to the local economy.

For more details on these bookings, please see our diary page or email us

Bespoke River Spey Canoe Expeditions

If you are interested in a bespoke River Spey canoe expedition, Explore Highland can offer you a tailor made package. This would include guiding services by a top canoe coach ranging from one to five days. Depending on your groups needs, various accommodation options are available including wild camping, use of commercial camp sites, local bunkhouses, local B&B’s, local hotels or a combination.

Some of our River Spey canoe expedition options;

  • Newtonmore to Spey Bay (5 days/4 nights wild camping)
  • Kincraig by Loch Inch to Spey Bay (4 days/3 nights wild camping)
  • Aviemore to Spey Bay (3 days/2 nights wild camping)
  • Grantown to Aberlour (2 days/1 night wild camping)

We have the local knowledge and contacts within the Spey Valley and can make this trip work for you. 

Booking Your Bespoke River Spey Expedition

You can book your bespoke adventure in three easy steps.

Step 1 – Check out the online diary for Donald’s availability for the dates you’d like to paddle.

Step 2 – Complete the downloadable Private Group Booking form

Step 3 – Email all required forms to Donald at info@explorehighland.com

Please also be aware as featured on the diary page, Donald is out coaching/guiding and not office based, so please apply with plenty of time to allow enquiries to be processed. 

Self Guided River Spey Canoe Expeditions

River Spey canoe adventure

Explore Highland offers a range of River Spey services specifically to help experienced river canoeists take to this great river. These including competitively priced open canoe hire for individuals and groups, plus a friendly shuttle service when dropping off and collecting our boats. We also offer a range of resources to help experienced paddlers plan their trip as they may not be familiar with the area, landscape, and river features.

Booking Your River Spey Canoe Hire & Shuttle

You can book your River Spey canoe hire & shuttle service in three easy steps.

Step 1 – Check out the online diary for Donald’s availability for hire kit issuing and shuttle service is required. Craft availability is NOT listed online.

Step 2 – Complete the downloadable Hire & Shuttle Booking Form along with you Canoe Kit List , and if required your Additional Kit List

Step 3 – Email all required forms to Donald at info@explorehighland.com

Please also be aware as featured on the diary page, Donald is out coaching/guiding and not office based, so please apply with plenty of time to allow enquiries to be processed. Hire terms and conditions can be seen on the canoe hire page.

Further River Spey Canoe Hire information

River Spey Canoe Hire

Great Glen Shuttle & Support Services     

River Spey Guidebook

River Spey – Additional Paddler Resources