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  • A group of rafters pull their raft ashore after an afternoon of white water rafting on the River Tay, Perthshire
    The aftermath of white water rafting on the River Tay at Grandtully, Perthshire
  • A couple of adrenaline seekers navigate the white water rapids on the River Moriston near Invermoriston
    White water rafting with Vertical Descents on the River Moriston, Highlands
  • A team of people white water rafting on the River Tay, Grandtully Rapids
    White water rafting on the Grandtully Rapids, River Tay, Perthshire

With a fantastic selection of rivers, drops and rapids, Scotland offers some of the most exciting white water rafting in Britain. It is a hugely popular activity which involves paddling downstream in large inflatable rafts for up to 8 adrenaline-seekers down rivers which varying in difficulty from the gentle grade 1 to the extreme white water of grade 6.

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 unparalleled scenery and thrilling rafting which sees you 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.

Further south, 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. Splash White Water Rafting, also offer excellent watersports activities including rafting the Tay, Spey, Orchy, Findhorn and Tummel.

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  1. The Arran Outdoor Centre


    Multi-activity Centre



    Arran Outdoor Centre is a wonderful island retreat for everyone who loves the great outdoors, activities and spectacular scenery Bed & Breakfast or Dinner Bed & Breakfast is also available without activities

  2. Full On Adventure


    Multi-activity Centre



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

  3. Adventure Carrick


    Multi-activity Centre



    Adventure Carrick is a mobile adventure company offering a broad range of adventure activities across the South west of Scotland.


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