White Water Rafting
White Water Rafting in Aviemore, Inverness & throughout Scotland is one of our most popular water activities. So why not try it and see for yourself.
Get Active White Water Rafting in Scotland
White Water Rafting in Scotland is an adventurous and enjoyable day out for all. The rivers around Aviemore, the Cairngorms & Inverness are some of, if not the most enjoyable White Water Rafting venues across the whole of Scotland
White Water Rafting in Aviemore & the Cairngorms, Inverness & throughout Scotland is one of our most popular water activities. Active Outdoor Pursuits provide rafting on Scotland’s best Rivers and offer you the widest choice of locations. Our most popular rafting trips are the River Findhorn, River Garry and the River Spey. In Perthshire we raft on the River Tay and in South West Scotland we raft the river Doon & Nith.
White Water Rafting is a great fun activity for everyone. Families and young people will love the bounce and splash offered on grade 2 river trips like the Spey, while adult groups such as stag and hen parties may go for the more exhilarating experience on the River Findhorn or River Garry.
When is the best time of year to go Rafting in Scotland?
White Water Rafting in Scotland is an all year round activity however, conditions vary with the seasons. The conditions are generally pleasant in Summer with warmer temperatures, the higher water levels are normally during the Spring and Autumn where we regularly go white water rafting on the Findhorn near both Aviemore & Inverness.
During the summer months, river levels can be low and heavy rainfall is required however, we should always be able to find a suitable river. The River Garry is dam controlled so will run most Thursdays and Saturdays throughout the summer. No previous experience is required, although there are variable age limits for each river.Want to try out some other great adventures? Why not check out our canyoning days!
Scottish Rafting venues
White Water Rafting on the Findhorn, Grade 3/4
Our most popular white water rafting river (and in our opinion Scotland’s best venue), 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 in Scotland on 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 Garry Grade 3/4
White water rafting in Scotland 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.
White Water Rafting on the Spey Grade 2+
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 in Scotland 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+
White Water Rafting on the Tay, Grade 2/3
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 in Scotland on 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 10 years old.
Bookings for this river are a minimum of 8 people.
White Water Rafting on the Dee Grade 2/3
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.
White Water Rafting on the Nith Grade 3/4
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 White Water Rafting on 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 on the Doon, Grade 2/3
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.
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Rafting Activity Information
Pick up for White Water Rafting in Scotland is as follows: activities in Aviemore, Inverness & the Cairngorms is from Newtonmore, Kingussie & Aviemore areas. For the River Garry and River Oich it will be our Great Glen adventure Centre on Loch Oich, Invergarry.
You will need to being with you a towel, dry shoes, lunch, swimwear for under the wetsuit and shorts for over the top of it.
White Water Rafting on the Doon or Nith will meet at Active Ayrshire at Craigengillan. All technical & safety equipment is provided. Our guides will select the most suitable river on the day.