Kayaking is to water what hiking is to mountains: it is the ideal way to get up close and personal with nature. Some people think that water activities are only for exotic countries and brighter climes, but we’re here to show you that there are some absolutely amazing kayaking routes in the UK that will blow your mind.
An excellent method to get out and explore the UK’s waterways, you paddle with a double-bladed paddle while sitting on the backside of the kayak with your legs extended out in front of you.
Listed below are a few of the most popular rivers and lakes for kayaking in the UK
- River Tay
The River Tay is Scotland’s longest river, and it can be kayaked in portions or in its entirety if you have the time on your hands. It flows from the western slopes of Ben Lui to Loch Tay, where the river begins to flow, and then to Dundee, where it meets the sea via the Firth of Tay.
Aberfeldy, not far from Loch Tay, is a popular kayaking destination. The Tay also hosts Scotland’s Slalom course, which runs from Grandtully to Strathtay and features grade three river rapids. Dewar’s Aberfeldy Distillery is also an excellent way to end a day on the river.
- River Spey
The River Spey flows through the Cairngorm Mountains, starting about east of Elgin. Those who enjoy a drink will be familiar with the name. The whisky production facilities of Speyside are well-known. It generates more whisky than any other location, and it does so successfully. The river is also known for its excellent salmon and fishing, and, yes, it is a great place to kayak.
- The Caledonian Canal
Experience adventure, amazing scenery and undergo a physical challenge when you go kayaking on the Caledonian Canal through the Scottish Highlands. It provides access to the Great Glen Canoe Trail, which is a stunning kayak adventure.
- River Findhorn
The Findhorn, one of Scotland’s iconic white water rivers, flows into the Moray Firth in the northeast of the country. There are excellent kayaking opportunities, particularly past Randolph’s Leap – a perspective with a little Scottish folklore behind it.
- River WYE
The River Wye flows from Plnlimon in mid-Wales to the Severn River, constituting the English-Welsh border for much of its length. The Wye Valley has been classified as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, so you can be rest assured that the surroundings will satisfy the nature-lover within you while also looking great on your social media feed.
River kayaking is one of the best ways to take in your natural surroundings, whether you’re a first-time paddler or an experienced kayaker, out on a weekend trip with friends or enjoying a solo adventure. Almost anyone can canoe the Wye if they choose the correct section, all you need is the willingness to take on a challenge and a sense of adventure.