Unique Experiences

Tour Whisky Distilleries by Canoe on the Spey

Explore Scotland’s whisky region in a unique way – paddling.
A bottle of Cragganmore whisky on a barrel
© Diageo / Jakub Iwanicki

Scotland’s whisky regions might be on your to-do holiday list (well, we think that they definitely should be), but have you thought about discovering them in a way other than by car or on foot? For a real experience to remember, take to the lifeblood of whisky – water.

In Speyside, join Spirit of the Spey who offers a unique Canadian canoe trip down a stretch of Scotland’s fastest flowing river, the Spey, where distilleries dot the banks.

Starting off up in the hills of Loch Spey itself, paddle along in an open-canoe for between 50 and 70 miles on this beautiful river, ideal for canoe-touring. Led by a knowledgeable guide, you’ll not only take in the views of the area and watch out for wildlife, but learn more about the river, the history and the people who live around it. All equipment is provided, and there are dining options as you go.

All the paddling might be thirsty work, but your guide is on hand to offer a wee dram midstream and then a private tasting by a roaring fire in his home afterwards.

The River Spey is the third longest in Scotland at 107 miles (172 km), and is well known for salmon and of course the whisky distilleries on its banks. There are 50 in total throughout the whisky region of Speyside. The river runs from Loch Spey through the Cairngorms National Park, and then out and down to the Moray Firth, 5 miles west of Buckie.

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Spirit of the Spey
The Beeches/Station Rd,
PH20 1AR

Spirit of the Spey