Discover the amazing history of the Spey valley, the beautiful part of Scotland where our annual river Spey canoeing expedition takes place.
One of the longest rivers in Scotland
The river Spey, at 107 miles (172 km long) is the ninth longest river in the UK and the third longest in Scotland is well known for its salmon fishing and role in whisky production. It starts at Loch Spey in the Scottish Highlands and then flows through Newton More, crossing Loch Insh – where our canoeing expedition starts – before finishing at Spey Bay.
Throughout the five days of our trip, we will be starting in Loch Insh and traveling through to Spey Bay. Each night we will be camping on the river bank, sleeping under the stars next to a crackling fire. There will also be a chance to partake in bushcraft activities each evening.
Salmon fishing to shipbuilding
The river Spey has traditionally supported many different industries, from salmon fishing to ship building. At one point in the river’s history, timber from Aviemore and Aberlour was rafted down the river where it was used to make ships.
In addition to its famous salmon fishing, the river Spey is also famous for its distilleries, the area produces more whisky than any other region. In fact, two of the world’s best selling whiskys, Glenlivet and Glenfiddich come from the Speyside region.
The river Spey is a wildlife haven, on our canoeing expedition you might be lucky enough to see bottlenose dolphins, Ospreys, Salmon and if you are very lucky a grey seal or a Eurasian otter. The Eurasian otter was persecuted almost to extinction in England, while Scotland has long been a haven for these amazing creatures. Otters are known for being territorial and only come together in the mating season. After cubs are born they stay with their mother until they are 13 months old by which point they will have learned the skills that they need to survive in the wild.
Discover our amazing river Spey expedition
Our fantastic river Spey canoeing expedition runs from 8th to 14th of July 2019. It is open to everyone over the age of 15, those under 18 need to be accompanied by an adult. The trip will be a once in a lifetime chance to travel through Scotland by canoe. Each night, you will camp out on the river bank, next to the sound of the running water and the crackling fire. Click the link below to discover more about our amazing canoeing expedition.