If you fancy having a dabble with a paddle, Craggan Outdoors offer the perfect place for the beginner, novice or occasional paddler.
Craggan Outdoors is bordered by the world famous River Spey, so it would be something of a crime not to include it amongst our activities. There can be few better ways to spend a morning, afternoon or full day than sitting in canoes with your family or friends, paddling and drifting down a majestic river like the Spey, with the panoramic back-drop of the Cromdale Hills and Cairngorms.
The great thing about Craggan Outdoors' location is that we have our own river access, something that is very rare amongst providers of river canoeing trips. What this means for you is no long drives to drop-off and pick-up points, more time paddling, and more of your time left free for other great experiences. Our standard canoe trip is a half-day from Broomhill Bridge, a historic Thomas Telford designed wooden bridge that is 5 miles upstream from Craggan Outdoors, paddling downstream back to Craggan Sands, the get-out point at the bottom of our golf course.
Having met at the centre and been briefed by your experienced instructor, and then kitted up with buoyancy aid, paddle and helmet, it's just a 5 minute or so drive to the put-in point. You are then left with your instructor to start your trip and enjoy your paddle down this easy Grade 1 (sometimes thinking about Grade 2) stretch of the beautiful Spey. Accordingly the trips are suited and accessible to all ages and abilities, including family groups with young children, and those with disabilities, including wheelchair users as long as they can transfer from chair to boat.
At the end of your trip, usually taking around 2 to 2.5 hours - depending upon speed of water, direction and speed of wind, and your group itself - it's just a short walk across the golf course back to our changing rooms and Clubhouse Café. Price per person for a half-day trip is from £41 upwards, depending upon the number of participants.
Kayaking sessions take place on our purpose-dug on-site pond which sits beside our welcoming Clubhouse Cafe and changing rooms. The still shallow water presents a safe environment in which our qualified instructors lead group sessions.
After meet and greet in the Clubhouse Cafe, the session will begin with a briefing from your instructor and being kitted up with buoyancy aid, helmet and paddle, followed by a game or two on the bank to loosen everybody up. It's then on to sizing up for boats - our range of kayaks suit paddlers from age 8 / 9 upwards to those that are 6-foot plus - and getting everybody onto the water. Once everybody has mastered the basic paddle skills and balance, a series of fun team games will help hone those skills. The end of your 2 hour session will then see everybody given the opportunity for an exciting finale with a slide down the seal launch. Check out the video below.
If you do fancy having that dabble with a paddle, then our kayaking sessions are priced from just £27 and upwards, depending upon the number of participants.