Touring route cards

 

#1      Loch Veyatie & Fionn Loch

Another true wilderness trip, without many of the associated difficulties. Great views of S uilven too.

#2      Forth & Clyde Canal

This canal has also had bridges raised in height, and has been cleaned up, making it now 56km from its basin just east of the Union Canal on the tidal River Carron, to Bowling on the Clyde.

#3      River Teith

The Teith has a deserved popularity as a beginner’s whitewater trip. It’s a pretty river, never boring, with continuous small rapids, and only one place likely to get anything like dangerous in flood (Deanston Weir). The Callander to Deanston stretch is then grade 1 down to the junction with the Forth.

#4      Balquhidder

An ideal beginner’s trip for those not used to long distances. The route takes in the River Larig, Loch Doine, Loch Voil, River Balvaig, and Loch Lubnaig. With no difficulties or awkward portages, and a campsite halfway down. Allow two days to make this a comfortable trip.

#5      Ken & Dee

This area of Scotland rarely gains much attention but offers peace and quiet and plenty of wildlife.

#6      Lower River Clyde

A useful paddle near to Glasgow in countryside. Grade 1 (Garrion Weir at 794 509, which is harder in high water) then grade 2 at Crossford. Garrion Weir can be portaged on either bank.

#7      River Moriston

A tranquil, lovely river, not often paddled, either because the glen is a bit further to travel to, or because of its only association with the white water stretch below Dundreggan Reservoir, which flows into Loch Ness at Invermoriston.

#8      Loch Shin

A very long loch, with undulating forest scenery. It is known to paddlers as part of one of the cross- Scotland routes. The loch is popular for fishing from small boats, despite having a healthy population of midges.

#9      River Annan

The Annan is a pastoral river of some 30km, flowing through the eastern Dumfries-shire. It rises in the hills above Moffat, where it curls around the artificial ponds. Distances are given, however, from the next road bridge, 8km down, as the Annan is joined soon after by Water of Ae which nearly doubles its size. The river provides sections of grade 1 and 2 with four weirs.

#10    River Avon

The Avon is a short rural delight rising in the hills to the south of Falkirk, and could be paddled the 5km down from Avonbridge when high, (when the lower half is considerably more difficult). The next 6km is the best part, running through a wooded gorge. From Linlithgow down is a rather industrialised 4km. This route covers 15km, at grade 1-2 (top 5km) and grade 2-3 (lower 10km).

#11   Lower Orchy

The Orchy is far better known as a whitewater river, but there is a pleasant stretch where the river flattens out in the lower valley, downstream of the third and final waterfall. There is, however, a stretch of grade 2-3 rocky rapids in the middle of this part, usually not visited by the kayakers from higher up. The valley is well known for its wildlife - golden eagle, short-eared owl and otters.

#12   Upper Lyon

The peaceful upper glen is far more open than the gorge lower down.

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