Adventure tubing and river bugging

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  • A group trying tubing along the rapid of River Tummel, Perthshire
    Tubing on the River Tummel, Perthshire
  • A person tubing in the rapids on the River Tummel, Perthshire.
    Tubing on river rapids in Perthshire

There is something exhilarating about the churning rapids on Scottish rivers that makes watersports enthusiasts return again and again. Two of the latest crazes of navigating these stretches of white water, river bugging and adventure tubing, are becoming increasingly popular in Scotland, not to mention great fun to try.

Coming to these shores from as far away as New Zealand, river bugging has taken Scotland by storm and is the only place in the UK where you can try this adrenaline-pumping activity.

Resembling inflatable armchairs, these one-person rafts (or bugs) are a fun way to navigate white water rivers. Following expert tuition by resident guides, you can get out on the river and guide yourself through the rapids with large webbed gloves and flippers.

One benefit of river bugging is that it can enjoyed at different times of the year and isn’t dependent on high rainfall to raise river levels. It’s particularly ideal during the drier summer months and normally, it takes place from around April to October.

The first to pioneer the activity in Scotland, Splash White Water Rafting operates in the swirling waters of two of Perthshire’s great rivers; the River Tummel and the River Tay.

On the west coast, Vertical Descents offers opportunities to try out this high-octane watersport at three different locations. Try tamer river rapids along the River Awe near Oban or go for extreme bugging in the Spean Gorge near Fort William, a full day tour which also includes cliff jumping and canyon swimming. You'll also find beginner-friendly surf and rapids on the River Leven, also located near Fort William.

Adventure tubing employs the same principles as river bugging except your craft is a purpose-built, reinforced ring. Keep your balance and control your direction as you float along through dense ancient forestry, or to really get your pulse racing, try white water adventure tubing and be swept along through steep gorges and tube over drops.

You can try adventure tubing along the River Tummel between April and September with Nae Limits, who also offer canyoning, rafting and more. In the Highlands, Full On Adventure in Aviemore offer fantastic river tubing experiences for both families and adult groups, in addition to rafting, canyoning, mountain niking, climbing, Scrambling and more. Further north on the River Findhorn, Ace Adventure operate adventure tubing alongside cliff jumping and gorge swimming from April to October.

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  1. Ace Adventure

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    Multi-activity Centre

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    4 Activity Provider

    Forres

    The specialist White Water Rafting and Outdoor Adventure Activity provider in Scotland. Wherever you are in Scotland there is an Ace Adventure activity location close by.

  2. Full On Adventure

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    Multi-activity Centre

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    Aviemore

    Full On Adventure is an outdoor activity and adventure sports coaching business based in Aviemore.

  3. Vertical Descents

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    Multi-activity Centre

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    Fort William

    Welcome to Vertical Descents.

  4. Blown Away Experiences

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    Multi-activity Centre

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    • 5 Activity Provider
    5 Activity Provider

    St Andrews

    This mobile outdoor experience company operates all over Scotland, and is regularly based in St Andrews’ West Sands.

  5. Breeze Adventures

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    Multi-activity Centre

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    Kirriemuir

    Welcome to Breeze Adventures

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