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Aberfeldy: 4-Hour Water Rafting on Scotland's River Tay

1. Aberfeldy: 4-Hour Water Rafting on Scotland's River Tay

Feel the excitement of this adrenaline-fuelled white water rafting tour in the heart of one of the most picturesque countries in the world. This River Tay white water rafting tour is the most popular tour in Scotland, and is set on the largest river in the UK (by volume). Flowing through Aberfeldy, to Grandtully where the tour ends. The river continues on its way to Perth and then Dundee. Suitable for everyone aged eight and upwards, each raft is fully and safely led by a trained trip leader, and safety is covered in a comprehensive brief prior to the tour. During the tour, you'll learn and practice safety drills well before the most intense spots, ensuring a fun, safe experience for everyone. From the end of the tour, near Dundee, you will be transported back to Aberfeldy by coach to see the photography included in the ticket price.

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Pitlochry, Scotland: Summer White Water Rafting Tour

2. Pitlochry, Scotland: Summer White Water Rafting Tour

The River Tummel Rafting tour is seasonal and operates only 17 weekends each year. Tours begin in early June and run until the last weekend in September. On this 3-hour White Water Rafting tour the rafts that are used that have a capacity of 6 participants. If the water is really high the capacity increases to 7. The meeting point is the loch-side picnic area of a scenic glen near Pitlochry, Scotland. There are large tents set up for you so you can change into your rafting clothes. You’ll also receive the equipment you need for the river adventure. After getting geared up you’ll take a 5-mile bus ride to the starting point of the rafting trip. Private cars are not allowed as this is a restricted dam area. Next is a comprehensive safety briefing by your guide, who will also answer any questions you may have. Once you’re in the water, the trip begins and the instruction continues. You’ll be rafting on a tight and narrow technical grade 3 and 4 river. The scenery along the way is stunning and the rapids increase in difficulty as the trip progresses. On the final section of the river you’ll tackle a series of rapids cumulating in a 2-tier, 18-foot grade 4 rapid that will leave you screaming for more! The activity ends with a gentle paddle across the Loch, which takes you back to the meeting camp.

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Join Splash White Water Rafting Canyoning Tour

3. Join Splash White Water Rafting Canyoning Tour

Canyoning is one of the world's fastest-growing adventure sport, involving descents into canyons in stunning mountain regions. Experience this exciting activity in the Perthshire, in the heart of the Scottish countryside. In Scotland, virtually all the canyons have stream or rivers running through them so this is a very wet activity. Keltyburn Canyon near our base in Aberfeldy, Scotland is a great introduction to the adventure sport of canyoning. We do not use ropes in this canyon but their are lots of swims, slides and jumps to be tackled as we start our descent. You will have two experienced canyon guides with you at all times during your half-day tour and they will ensure that your trip is both safe and enjoyable. The canyons in Scotland can be cold even with all the wetsuit gear we give you, so be ready to experience a bit of Scotland's raw nature! Once we get on our way though, you'll soon warm up from the active fun that you'll be having. All jumps in this canyon are optional and there are ways around them if you'd rather not do them. This canyon also has escape routes both left and right of the canyon all the way down, so it really is a very safe canyon to start learning about this buzzing new adventure sport.

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From Aberfeldy: Full-Day White Water Rafting & River Bugging

4. From Aberfeldy: Full-Day White Water Rafting & River Bugging

On this full-day tour you will enjoy an adventure of both white water rafting and the new sport of river bugging. You start of the day at 09:30 with a white water rafting trip. This trip takes place on the River Tay, with the exception of the weekends between June and September when it takes place on the River Tummel. Both the River Tay and River Tummel rafting trips are great tours with both fun and adrenaline assured. The River Tay is a grade 2/3 river and the River Tummel is a grade 3/4 river. The half-day River Tay rafting trip is about 6 miles in distance, and starts from the old market town of Aberfeldy. Here the river winds lazily along the Tay Valley, through rolling hills and stunning scenery. This is an area with a diverse wildlife, which is best seen from the river. The paddle crew has ample opportunity to practice their newly learnt rafting skills with a variety of fun and challenging games before the river drops away and creates challenging rapids that flow down to Grandtully. In the afternoon you will try river bugging, the latest white water sport to hit the UK shores from New Zealand. Here you will sit in a 1-person raft similar to a giant inflatable armchair! River bugs are a great way to play on the river if you want that little bit more excitement, and are ideal for summer river levels as you don't have to wait for the rain to gain the thrills of the outdoors! After receiving expert instruction from the experienced river bug guides, you will get out on the river (complete with your webbed gloves) and negotiate your own path down the white water rapids with the help of the instructors.

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Scotland's Splash White Water Rafting On Two Rivers Tour

5. Scotland's Splash White Water Rafting On Two Rivers Tour

Experience rafting two amazing rivers on the same day: the River Tay at Aberfeldy and the River Tummel at Pitlochry! First, ride the River Tay in an adrenaline-fueled white water rafting tour at the heart of Scotland. Flowing through Aberfeldy, Dunkeld and Perth, the tour ends on the coast in Dundee. Then, paddle on to the second lef of your adventure, the River Tummel, and get ready for your drop! At the end of the tour, your raft drops down an 18-food (6 meter) waterfall into Loch Faskally! Each raft is led by a trained trip leader. Safety is ensured and covered in a comprehensive brief prior to the tour. During the tour, you'll learn and practice safety drills well before the most intense spots, ensuring not just a fun but also safe experience for everyone.

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Half-Day River Bug Rafting Adventure in Aberfeldy

6. Half-Day River Bug Rafting Adventure in Aberfeldy

River Bugging is the latest craze to hit the UK. Imported from the adrenaline-seeking shores of New Zealand, the sport is perfect for those who want to have fun on the water and ideally suited to summer river levels, as you don't have to wait for the rain to provide big water rapids. On this 3-hour adventure, you will receive expert instruction from an experienced guide before hitting the rapids in a thrilling river bug. It is like riding the river in a giant inflatable armchair! Splash has been offering river bugging in Scotland since 2003 and are the most experienced provider of this thrilling outdoor activity. You can negotiate your own path through the white water rapids under the expert guidance of a professional instructor. One of the very best adventure experiences there is in Scotland, when combined with some rafting or canyoning, you could enjoy a full day of fun in stunning scenery.

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Aberfeldy: 4-Hour Duckies River Adventure

7. Aberfeldy: 4-Hour Duckies River Adventure

Duckies are a cross between a white water raft and a kayak, and provide the ultimate white water thrill for both beginners and more advanced paddlers. On this 4-hour adventure you will discover just how perfect they are for exploring the white water rapids in smaller groups. Ride down a 6-mile (10 kilometer) section of the River Tay on this wild trip! You can also control your own journey down the river while expert guides keep a watchful eye over you to ensure your safety. Duckies also have the advantage of running all year round, every day of the week. The more rain, the bigger the rapids! If you have already tried white water rafting, duckies are a great way to enjoy a different experience.

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Edinburgh White Water Rafting and Whisky Tasting

8. Edinburgh White Water Rafting and Whisky Tasting

You will be collected from Edinburgh city center at 08:00 by minibus, and drive north over the Forth Road Bridge where you can see the magnificent three bridges of Scotland. You will then continue north past Perth and into Highland Perthshire,  arriving at Splash White Water Rafting in the town of Aberfeldy at 09:30, ready to go rafting on the River Tay. After a kit brief from your guides, you'll get kitted up with all equipment required and then walk 200 meters to the river to get a safety brief. Then it's onto the rafts for the start of a 6-mile rafting trip which flows through some of the best Highland scenery in Scotland, and is a mix of flat fast moving water and bouncy rapids of various sizes. This rafting trip is graded 1-3; (rivers are graded 1-5 for white water rafting). The River Tay being in the middle grades makes it an excellent introduction trip to white water rafting. The last section of the trip flowing through the small village of Grandtully is where all the main rapids are, and all the skills you learned on the way down the river will be put to the test. At the end of the rafting trip at 12:30, you'll be transferred back to Aberfeldy to the base where you can get changed into dry clothes. Then it's time to walk the 300 meters to the  neighboring Dewar's Distillery, where you'll have a short guided tour of this excellent visitor experience and Highland Whisky Distillery. There is an excellent cafe onsite, or you may decide to walk the short distance into the town of Aberfeldy to visit some of the many cafes and shops available. At 15:00 it's time to meet back at the Splash Rafting base to get on the bus and head back to Edinburgh, where you'll arrive between 16L30 and 17:00.

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Edinburgh River Tay Half-Day Rafting Adventure

9. Edinburgh River Tay Half-Day Rafting Adventure

Starting from the base in Aberfeldy, your half-day rafting trip includes all equipment, transport on and off the river, experienced raft guides on each raft, a trip leader on each trip and an operations manager on dry land.  Free professional photography with every trip is also included so everyone leaves with lots of photos of their whitewater rafting adventure. A thrilling half-day experience for all ages and sizes, rafting on River Tay offers you the perfect conditions to get your feet wet and learn rafting skills from your expert guides. River Tay keeps first-time rafters and seasoned rafters on their toes; Rapids such as 'Zoom Flume' and 'The Washing Machine' will offer your first set of exciting rapid challenges, before the grand finale: 'The Grandtully Rapid.' This is the longest rapid on the river and provides one or two surprises for the unwary rafter!

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Rafting and Stand Up Paddle Boarding on the River Tay

10. Rafting and Stand Up Paddle Boarding on the River Tay

The famous River Tay is the perfect introductory river to take out first-time adventurers. A thrilling half-day experience for all ages and sizes of group, rafting on River Tay offers you the perfect conditions to get your feet wet and learn rafting skills from expert guides. This six miles journey starts in Aberfeldy and ends in Grandtully. At the start of your journey to the rapids, enjoy the stunning scenery along the Tay Valley as the river winds lazily through the valley; rolling hills, diverse wildlife and tranquility are hallmark features of this beautiful landscape.  As you acclimate to your surroundings, your guides will teach you rafting techniques through a series of interactive and challenging games. You and your group will have ample opportunity to practice your newly learnt rafting skills before the river drops away and you encounter your first rapids. River Tay keeps first-time rafters and seasoned rafters on their toes; Rapids such as 'Zoom Flume' and 'The Washing Machine' will offer your first set of exciting rapid challenges, before the grand finale: 'The Grandtully Rapid'. This is the longest rapid on the river and provides one or two surprises for the unwary rafter! Stand up paddle boarding allows you a unique way to explore rivers and lochs; it’s a whole new experience which includes thrills and relaxation all at the same time. You can meander down a river and enjoy the natural beauty of the river on your paddleboard.

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What people are saying about Scotland

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 14 reviews

Amazing! Brilliant! Fantastic!

The event was very well planned, we were a little sceptical about the price however by the time the day finished the whole group (9 of us) thought it was money well spent! The White Water Rafting experience was outstanding! It was the first time any of us had taken part in this activity and our instructor was FANTASTIC! Very informative, made it super fun for us and we thoroughly enjoyed the activity.. I think the group generally didn’t want it to finish! Very well organised, the team that work for Splash were fantastically accommodating and super patient with us! The whiskey tasting was just as fantastic! The guide we had on the tour (George) was superb! Very knowledgeable and had amazing hosting skills! I have definitely walked away learning a thing or 10 about whiskey! I would definitely recommend this package for anyone looking to have a full day of activities around Edinbrugh. Even our pickup vans driver was super nice! Thanks for making it a trip to remember!

This was an excellent day's fun with my family. The guides were so much fun and very professional and we felt really safe and confident that they had the skills and experience needed for a safe trip on the river. Well done guys and thanks for a really memorable day. The free photos were available on line within 24 hours and captured a perfect day.

It was just perfect

Our Johannes was funny, played games with us, talked great about nature and weather. We will definitely be back, do a longer tour

Good for a first experience with young children. Professional and friendly employees.

Great family fun.

The staff at splash were great and the white water rafting experience was awesome.