River 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.
|Meet The Rivers…||Duration||Location||Grade|
|River Spey||All Day||Aviemore & Cairngorms||2|
|River Findhorn||All Day||Aviemore & Cairngorms||3-4|
|River Doon||All Day||Active Ayrshire, Craigengillan||2-3|
|River Nith||All Day||Active Ayrshire, Craigengillan||3-4|
|River Tay||All Day||Perthshire & Central Scotland||2-3|
|River Garry||All Day||Aviemore & Cairngorms||3|
|River Dee||All Day||Aviemore & Cairngorms||2-3|
|River Orchy||All Day||Perthshire & Central Scotland||2-4|
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.