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River Rafting

The Scottish Highlands are home to some of the best water venues in the world.  Over 30,000 lochs and lochans dot the Highlands, and a multitude of rivers and burns run swiftly.  For a thrilling, challenging, and exciting day out, try a river rafting adventure here in the Highlands.  Imagine rushing downstream and navigating through rapids, whirlpools, and white water amidst a backdrop of gorgeous Highland scenery.  River rafting adventures are perfect for beginners and experienced rafters alike. 

River rafting is generally done in the spring and summer here in the Highlands.  When you go on a river rafting adventure, the outdoor centre will generally kit you out with wetsuit, helmet, and buoyancy aid.  You will receive a safety briefing and instruction on how to navigate the waters.  Of course, you will have a guide in the raft with you, coaching you along the way.  Once you are ready to go, you will be off to experience the thrill of bobbing down the river, crashing through rapids and waves, and dropping over falls, then paddling on to the next set of rapids.  River rafting is a world class experience and not to be missed on your next Highland holiday.

Many outdoor and adventure centres offer rafting throughout the Highlands.  Highland Activities out of Ardverikie Estate near Kinloch Laggan runs a spectacular river rafting adventure.  They generally run the River Garry near Fort William and the River Awe near Oban.  You can book a class 2 and 3 experience or a class 3 and 4 experience.  Rivers are classed 1 through 6 for navigability, 1 being the calmest and easiest.  Ace Adventure is based in Aviemore, and they have white water rafting trips to suit all ages and abilities.  They run milder river rafting trips on the Rivers Spey and Tay, and for those who want a lot of white water, they will take you out on the Rivers Findhorn and Tummel.  This centre is open year round and runs its river trips daily, no matter the weather.  Some rivers are better suited to certain times of year, so check with them when booking to see what rivers they are running.  White Water Rafting Scotland operates out of Perthshire and they run the white water on the River Tay and the River Tummel.  Their trips run about three hours, and they are open in the summers only, April through September.  Dunolly Adventures, also in Perthshire, run the Rivers Tay, Tummel, and Braan.  They specialize in winter rafting for those who really want to brave the elements.  Full On Adventure in Aviemore runs river rafting trips on the River Findhorn.  They cater for all abilities and are especially good for hen and stag parties and corporate events. 

The Lagganlia Centre out of Kingussie offers single day and multi-day adventures and journeys on the rivers of the Highlands.  This is an opportunity to camp out in the wilderness on your rafting expedition, see the wildlife, and become a proficient paddler. 

An amazing variety of river rafting experiences await you here in the wilderness of the Scottish Highlands.  Explore some of the most exciting and famous rivers in the world and test your skills as you raft through the rapids and falls of the many Scottish Highland rivers.