Probably the very best multi day canoe trip in the UK, Over the past 15 years we have been canoeing on the stunning royal dee in Scotland. The river itself runs though the world-famous Balmoral estate and on the odd occasion few have had the chance to pass by the queens back garden.
How about starting the new year off with an adventure!
You don't need any experience at all for this one.
Our multi day expedition thought the Dee Valley has everything from wild camping, Stunning views, lots of amazing highland wildlife and to top it off great food and drink round the camp fire each night.
Detailed Daily Itinerary:
Day 1 - Meet the team in Braemar and pack for the week ahead followed by a canoe coaching session by one of our world class team. Then a short paddle through the open moorland and hopefully passing a few of the local deer all the way to camp one.
Day 2 - After breakfast we pack up and head off down the river, the river starts to narrow here, hopefully this will give the team the opportunity to see the resident nesting pair of white-tailed eagle that have been seen in this part of the river (only a few pairs in the whole of the UK). Then on to Invercauld where we will be stopping off for lunch and to shoot the main rapid of the day under the guidance of the coachers. After lunch we will be heading down river and past the world-famous Balmoral castle, then on to camp two, a very different camp again. Camp two is on a small island covered by trees and gives the team a great opportunity to explore the area and collect drift wood for our evening meal round the fire and of course a dram of two of the local whisky.
Day 3 - After breakfast we will head down the river a short distance to the village of Ballater, where you will get the opportunity to take in the sights of this historic village where a number of the shops are located by Royal apartments (the royals may shop there). After our stop off in Ballater we head off a few more kilometers to our lunch spot overlooking the river with a hot drink and tasty snacks. Only a short paddle down to camp three and our final wild camp on the river. Camp three is in a stunning location with plenty of wildlife and sensational views up and down the Dee Valley, tonight we will be cooking a meal for the team over the fire that will be something a little different (Local produce) .
Day 4 - After last night’s meal we will be setting off a little later in the day to give you the opportunity to relax round the fire and take them last few photos. Mid-morning, we will be heading off for the short but stunning paddle down Aboyne where we will be meeting the logistics team with a hot drink. Tonight, we will be driving the short distance to our final night of our expedition (Glamping), after a hot shower we will be driving you down to the local pub (with a fire) for a meal and a few drinks.
Day 5 - Afternoon breakfast we will be saying good bye after a memorable expedition on the Royal Dee.
The Mighty Ardesh River
The Gorges de l'Ardeche are in the Ardeche department of the Rhone-Alpes. The gorges runs about 40 kilometres eastwards from Pont d'Arc (itself a few kilometres east of the popular resort of Vallon Pont d'Arc).
One of the most stunning scenic highlights of France, they are usually accessed from the town of Vallon Pont d'Arc at the upper (north-west) end of the gorges.
Perhaps the best way to explore the Ardeche gorges, and to get a real sense of their grandeur and beauty, is by descending in canoe from Vallon Pont d'Arc to Saint-Martin d'Ardeche - about 35 kilometres, with cliffs either side up to 300 metres in height.
Detailed Daily Itinerary:
Day 1 – Arrive Nimes airport, where a member of our team will pick you up and transfer you the short distance to the Ardeche “The Desh” tonight you will be luxury camping on the banks of the Desh with a glass of local wine.
Day 2 – Nice easy morning before we head out on the upper section of the river, passing though a number of friendly but stunning rapids before a hearty river lunch on the backs of the river. After lunch we pass though the world famous “Pont d’Arc” a massive natural archway carved by the river millions of years ago, then on down the river to our finish point, were we have transport to take the team back to our glamping campsite for an evening of BBQ, drinks and a chatting about the two-day decent of the mighty ‘Desh”.
Day 3 – After an easy morning of good coffee and plenty of breakfast, we will pack up our canoeing equipment and head out to the river, under the coaching and supervision of one of our very experienced guides we will pass some stunning views and have plenty of time for swimming and taking photos. The river winds past cliffs that are hundreds of meters high with a number of places to stop, relax, and take in the stunning place. Tonight, we will be camping at a riverside camping spot that has shower and toilets and more importantly a BBQ to cook up our three-course meal and then spend the evening taking in this magical location.
Day 4 – After a great night and a big breakfast, we head down river to yet again more stunning views and amazing rapids before a river lunch in the sun. Today has some great places to swim and take in the experience thus far in a truly remote place, after lunch we continue down river to meet the transport, this is no normal drive back to the campsite, we will drive the “Gorge road”, this will give the team the chance to see where we have paddled and stop off for a few photos on the way. Once back at our glamping campsite, its time of a few drinks and pizza in the sun.
Day 5 – Relax, today we will take you in to the local town (Vallon) where its full of cafes, bars and gift shops for you to spend the day taking on some of the French way of life.
Day 6 – Unfortunately today is the teams last day on the “Desh” after an easy morning we will pack up and head to Nimes to have you ready for your flight back to the UK.