River duckies are smaller inflatable rafts which we run trips on from our Aviemore base in the Cairngorms throughout the year. Why not book on today and try them out?
Duckies Rafting in Aviemore & the Cairngorms
River rafting duckies are smaller inflatable rafts which we run trips on from our Aviemore base in the Cairngorms throughout the year. They are perfect for smaller groups or if the river levels are a little bit lower and are great fun for everyone; Families and youth groups can enjoy the bounce and splash of River Spey trips. Adult groups such as stag and hen parties may opt for the exhilarating experience of the Grade 3 waters of the river Findhorn or River Tay.
What is a Duckie?
A Duckie is essentially an inflatable canoe. The boat sits two or three people and you can paddle them using either a canoe or kayak paddle. Duckies are very stable but in the event of capsizing they are easy to climb back into without having to go ashore. The boats sit close to the water and are self bailing so no need to keep emptying if you happen to take a swim!
Duckies are an all year round activity. River conditions can vary with the seasons. The conditions are generally pleasant in Summer with warmer temperatures while the higher water levels are normally during the Spring/Autumn. No previous experience is required except for the River Orchy.
Our most popular white water rafting river, it is available all year round (River levels permitting) and is suitable for children Aged 10+ (depending on the section)
Rising high in the Monadhliath Mountains, the River Findhorn quickly descends north of Aviemore towards Findhorn Bay on the Moray coast.
White water rafting the River Findhorn is a truly memorable experience – its fast flowing grade 3 & 4 rapids such as Leven’s Gorge, Dulsie Gorge and Carnage Corner will have your adrenalin flowing.
Rafting on the River Findhorn is suitable for teen’s and adult groups and is particularly popular with stag and hen parties. The middle section is also suitable for confident children accompanied by adults. This middle stretch is also popular with our mini rafts and duckies.
White water rafting on the River Garry is a truly memorable experience. This 4 mile long fast flowing and technical river contains many fun grade 3/4 rapids, they are some of the most thrilling rapids in Scotland.
White Water Rafting on the Garry begins below the Dam. From here you are straight into the action with the first rapid being just 50 metres away from the put in. Continuing down the river, you paddle through Invergarry and into Loch Oich before finishing up at the Great Glen Adventure Centre . Being dam controlled, this trip is available most Thursdays and Saturday with scheduled release dates between March and October. Rafting on the River Garry is suitable for adults and water confident young people aged 10+ accompanied by adults.
Rising at over 1000 feet at Loch Spey near the famous Corrieyairack pass in the Scottish Highlands, the Spey descends to flow through Newtonmore, crossing Loch Insh before reaching Aviemore. From there it flows the remaining 60 miles north-east to the Moray Firth.
White water rafting on the River Spey is on the fast flowing stretches between Grantown on Spey and Aberlour. These stretches provide fun grade 2+ rapids including the famous “washing machine rapid”. Rafting on the Spey is suitable for families and younger people however adults will still have a ball on our mini rafts or Duckies.
Suitable for Children Aged 6+
The River Tay flows out of Loch Tay in the Central Highlands. This trip can start from Loch Tay itself or more commonly from Aberfeldy. From here the Tay starts off quiet and pleasant and gradually builds to give many grade 2/3 rapids before finally reaching the grade 3 national slalom course at Grandtully.
Rafting the River Tay is suitable for families and younger people however adults will still have a ball particularly in our mini rafts or Duckies.
The minimum age for White Water Rafting on the Tay is 8 years old.
Bookings for this river are a minimum of 8 people.
High above Royal Deeside the River Dee rises at 4000ft on the plateau of The Cairngorms, the highest source of any major river in the British Isles. The main sections for White Water Rafting on the river Dee is between Ballater and Banchory. This stretch contains magnificent scenery as well as many entertaining grade 2 and 3 rapids.
The minimum age for White Water Rafting on the Dee is 8 years old.
The River Nith Flows from The Ayrshire hills near Glen Afton where Burns wrote his famous “Flow gently Sweet Afton” Don’t however be led to believe that the Nith resembles this in anyway. At grade 3/4 rafting the River Nith is an unforgettable experience and is one of the best in Scotland as well as being one of the most beautiful. The Nith not only gives you fast bouncy water with many holes and stoppers, it is one of the more technical rivers in Scotland so paddlers have to be on the ball from the start.
White water rafting the River Nith is suitable for adult groups; it is also suitable for confident young people 14+ accompanied by adults.
White Water Rafting in Ayrshire may seem a little unlikely and more reminiscent of a Highland adventure but the River Doon is real gem. With guaranteed water flowing from Loch Doon all year round the lower section of the Doon offers narrow and technical rafting with regular grade 2&3 rapids and drops. Uniquely, the River Doon finishes on the beach at Ayr. Given its technical nature we raft the Doon using a mix of mini rafts and duckies.
Rafting & Duckying on the River Doon is great fun for families, groups and individuals.
We also raft on the River Ayr (Grade 2/4) and the River Nith (grade 4). These rivers need wet conditions to run and are more likely to be available through the Autumn and winter months. We are happy to take advance bookings for either of these Rivers. If river levels are too low we will switch to the Doon.
Why not make a weekend of your duckies rafting in Aviemore & the Cairngorms by staying at Cairngorms Adventure Centre just 16 miles from Aviemore and 44 from Inverness.
*Discounts for under 16s. *Must be accompanied by at least one adult.
|Meeting point for activity is Newtonmore, transport pick ups can be arranged from Newtonmore, Kingussie and Aviemore areas. All technical & safety equipment is provided. Our guide will decide the river on the day for activities.|
|What to bring?|
|Towel, Dry Shoes, Lunch & Drink, Swimwear & Shorts|