White water rafting in Scotland

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  • Team of people enjoy an afternoon of white water rafting on the River Tay
    White water rafting on the River Tay
  • Group in a raft at the start of a rafting trip on the River Tay about to go under Wade's Bridge
    Wade's Bridge on the River Tay
  • Two rafting teams have a race on the River Spey
    River Spey
  • A group receieve initial riverbug training on land
    Riverbug training, River Tay

With a fantastic selection of rivers, drops and rapids, Scotland offers the most exciting white water rafting in Britain.

Rafting can be enjoyed all year round in Scotland and is ideal for both first time rafters and adrenaline junkies. If you're looking for something gentler to start off with, then try rafting in the height of summer when many rivers are graded 2 and 3, with slower flowing and lower water levels.

For thrill seekers, try rafting just after the snow melts in early spring or after heavy rainfall when many Scottish rivers offer challenging grade 4 and 5 rafting.

In the Cairngorms National Park, experience the wild side of white water rafting on the mighty River Findhorn and River Tummel with Ace Adventure. The River Findhorn offers the most exciting white water rafting experience in the UK. With unparalleled scenery and thrilling rafting you will drop 500 ft over 18 miles. This is one of Scotland’s last wild rivers and as a consequence rainfall and snow melt determine which sections can be run.

Head to the River Tay and raft the largest volume river in Scotland with the multi award-winning Nae Limits. The high water volume provides an exhilarating thrill and some fantastic fast flowing rapids. The 8 mile route offers the chance to learn the fundamentals of paddling before you reach the white water slalom course at Grandtully, near the end of the run.

For a unique and exciting way to experience white water - try funyaking or river bugging. Fun yaks, also known as duckies, are inflatable boats for two people, while river bugging will have you racing down the rapids on a chair-shaped inflatable.

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