Whitewater route cards


#1      River Lyon

The Lyon drains part of Rannoch Moor, between Loch Rannoch and Loch Tay. The large catchment area provides a good volume run that holds its water really well. This run is through a bizarre gorge full of weird features, with the forest occasionally providing a leafy canopy.

#2      River Leven

This is the river that flows out of Windermere. It’s short, exciting and often paddled despite the restrictive access agreement.

#3      River Roy

This middle section of the Roy lies in a gorge far below the road. If you have a problem, it will be along and strenuous climb out on river right in search of the road. A fantastic paddle with interest throughout, but never too scary. Tight bedrock rapids follow one another in quick succession.

#4      River Exe

This is a popular trip which has plenty of interest stemming from both natural rapids and notable weirs. This is probably the best white water trip to be had on the Exe.

#5      North Esk

Starting flat and pebbly, the river cuts deeper into the bedrock to give pools intermixed with short technical rapids. An interesting paddle with a few surprises!

#6      Lower Swale

Nice scenic paddle. Easy rocky rapids.

#7      Kinglas

The river follows an open, steep-sided glen from just below the ‘Rest and Be Thankful’ pass to Loch Fyne. A firm favourite, the Kinglas is a steep and continuous alpine style river. It rises and falls quickly, but is more than worth the effort.

#8      Washburn

A short yet reliable paddle governed by releases from Thruscross Reservoir. Canoeing competitions coincide with release days, which also provide access for river running.

#9      Boulters Weir

Local paddlers working with the BCU have now created a small pour-over facility to one side of the main weir, which provides a useful summer facility.

#10    Lower Tummel

A major tributary of the Tay, (before the hydro board kidnapped all the water) the Tummel is crossed by the A9 near the picturesque town of Pitlochry. A nice short summer trip, it can be combined with a run on the Tay or rock climbing at nearby crags. During the summer months a regular dam release provides a runnable flow.

#11    Lower Tavy

The section described here has some enjoyable rapids and is regularly paddleable. It has similarities to the Dart Loop and offers an easier alternative which is ideal for coaching. Local experts rate this section for its playboating in flood.

#12    River Leny

The river is fed from Loch Lubnaig and runs into the Teith at Callander. In high water it is a continuous run, with the Falls becoming a challenge demanding respect from the most experienced paddlers.

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