From 45-foot abseils on a corkscrew waterfall to sampling Scotland's finest whisky, this trip offers the perfect weekend adventure in the Scottish Highlands. In the daytime, you will be whitewater rafting along Scotland's fastest river and working your way along River Findhorn's most exciting canyoning route. But, in the evenings, you will be relaxing around the campfire as you tuck into a freshly prepared BBQ and enjoy an expert walkthrough of up to 150 Scottish gins and whiskies. So, what does this thrilling water sports adventure include?
- 2 days of rafting and canyoning
- 2 nights of accommodation in spacious bell tents
- Transfers to/from activities
- Train station transfers
- Local, professional guides
- Breakfast, lunch, and dinner to be prepared by guests
- Equipment for canyoning and rafting
- Whisky or Gin Tasting
**Perfect for: **
Anyone loving watersports; from absolute beginners to experienced rafters, looking for a thrilling weekend on Scotland's fastest river.
Friday: Arrival at ACE Basecamp after 3pm
On Friday evening, you can choose to be picked up from Inverness airport, Inverness train station, Forres train station or simply make your own way to ACE Basecamp. Settle into your bell tent, which you can call home for the weekend.
The first night will be relaxed as you get to know your fellow adventurers around the campfire. Remember to have had dinner or bring something simple.
Saturday: White Water Rafting and Whisky Tasting
It will be a fairly early start as you need to cook up breakfast and be at Reception in time for rafting at 10:00. You will have a briefing on the day before you suit up and head to the River Findhorn.
From here, it is a short bus journey to the starting point, or “put in”, where you will be given a safety brief by one of the guides. You will get to practice on the water before starting out on some minor rapids.
The adventure will soon pick up the pace as you navigate through “Randolph's Leap” into the spectacular Lower Findhorn Gorge. You will be tackling rapids, waterfalls and whitewater feature's separated by calm sections of water that will allow you take a rest and enjoy the scenery.
In the middle of the adventure, there will be a short break to allow you to grab a snack provided to you and take part in the cliff jumping session.
Your rafting will finish at around 15:30, head back to the base to relax briefly and check out the photos of the day.
Around 17:00 you will head onto your gin or whisky tasting. Come back to base and spend the evening cooking a BBQ.
Your guide/host will take you down to the nearby Logie Steading, where you can enjoy a minimum of five drams of their collection of 150 Scottish gins and whiskies.
Once you feel suitably learned in Scottish gin and whisky, head back to your campsite where you can cook up a storm and then tuck into your bell tent for the night.
Campfire breakfast, 5-6 hours of White Water Rafting (Grade 4/5), Whisky or Gin Tasting, BBQ
In the morning, light up the campfire and prepare yourself a filling breakfast, as you prepare for a morning of canyoning.
At 10:00, you will get kitted up and hop on the bus to your start point. After a gentle stroll and a couple of small water slides, the adventure really begins. You will abseil down a 45-foot corkscrew waterfall as you admire the breathtaking scenery around you.
Once you're down, you will head into a maze of fallen trees and ledge drops, with a tunnel along the riverbed for the brave.
After some swimming, walking, climbing and thrilling slides, you will step out into one of the River Findhorn's most tranquil sections to bask in the glory of the Scottish sunshine.
From here, head back to basecamp for 13:00. You'll have plenty of time to pack up your stuff before you grab the transfer to Inverness airport/Inverness train station/Forres train station or continue your adventure elsewhere.
Campfire breakfast, 3 hours of Canyoning
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You will be staying at ACE Basecamp in the Findhorn Glen, 10 kilometers south of Forres. The camp has a communal kitchen with hot water, gas cooking hobs and washing up facilities, a reception with free WiFi and a small kiosk where you can buy snack food and some camping basics. There is also a brand new toilet and shower block.
You will sleep in Bell Tents, which are a cross between a complete glamping experience and old fashioned wild camping. Inside, the tents are kitted out with comfortable mattresses and a wood stove, with enough space to comfortably sleep 7 adults. Outside each Bell Tent is a seating area that surrounds a rustic steel fire pit. The fire pits come complete with a steel griddle plate that can be removed and are ideal for cooking BBQ.
If you prefer a little more comfort and privacy, you've the option to upgrade to a traditional handbuilt Sheperd's hut. Inside, you'll find a small wood stove, double bed, dresser, double ring gas cooking hob, plates, and cutlery. The hut sleeps up to 2 people and is subject to availability. Please let your host know upon booking.
Located near Inverness and Aviemore in the Scottish Highlands, Auchnagairn is nestled in the birch forests of the Findhorn Glen. The area is a short walk from the River Findhorn where you will do most of your watersport activity.
The River Findhorn begins in the Monadhliath Mountains and flows north east to Findhorn Bay eventually joining the sea in the Moray Firth. It is one of the fastest flowing rivers in Scotland, offering spectacular whitewater rafting through a variety of stunning sceneries. Findhorn is the only river in the UK above Grade 3 that runs all year.
Your host’s Basecamp in Findhorn Glen - 18:00
Your adventure begins at your host’s Basecamp in Findhorn Glen anytime after 15:00. If you’re driving the postcode is IV36 2QL. Alternatively, if you travel by train the closest station is Forres Train Station. From here, a driver can pick you up at anytime to transfer your to your basecamp.
If you arrive by plane, a pick-up from Inverness Airport (INV) can be arranged at anytime between 14:00 and 22:30 upon request (not included).
Your host’s Basecamp in Findhorn Glen - 13:30
Your adventure ends at your host’s basecamp in Findhorn Glen at 13:30. Your host can drop you off at Forres Train Station at 14:15. A transfer to Inverness Airport can be arranged upon request (not included).
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