River Spey Canoe Expedition

Guided Adventures – River Spey

Guided group adventures available by request. Enquire today for a bespoke quote!

The River Spey Canoe Expedition is one of the UK’s ‘Classic Descents’ that all canoeists have on their must do list. This canoe exepedition is a true source to sea journey, launching high up in the Cairngorm Mountains by Newtonmore or as most groups choose to start on Loch Inch by Kincraig and follow the river to Spey Bay on the east coast of Scotland.

The River Spey is one of Scotland’s most scenic rivers and is famous for its salmon fishing as well as its contributions to the Scottish whisky industries. No matter if you start at Newtonmore, Kincraig or Aviemore, the improver paddler has plenty of opportunity to learn how to control the canoe before the river speeds up as you get closer to Grantown on Spey.
Be sure to plan enough time to enjoy your success journey by taking some time out at Spey Bay to spot the famous Moray Firth Dolphins, the local seals and visit 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. Where possible we try to use local fresh produce and stop off for regular leg stretches at key points along this trip including Kincraig, Boat of Garten and Aberlour.

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. Why not email us to find out more!

Self Guided River Spey Canoe Expeditions

River Spey canoe adventure

Explore Highland offer a range of services specifically for River Spey canoe expeditions to help experienced river canoeists take to this great river. These including competitively priced open canoe hire for individuals and groups, plus a shuttle service for those taking to the river in their own boats. We also offer resources to experienced paddlers who may not be familiar with the area, landscape and the river features and characteristics.

Contact Donald today for further information or support in planning your River Spey Canoe Expedition!

Further River Spey Canoe Hire information

River Spey Canoe Hire

Great Glen Shuttle & Support Services     

River Spey Guidebook

River Spey – Additional Paddler Resources