Dunkeld is an absolutely incredible place to go Canoeing and Kayaking. Situated on the banks of Scotland's longest river, it offers every type of challenge a paddler could desire....whitewater, touring, lochs big and small.
Dunkeld is the official start of the annual Tay Descent which brings hundreds of paddlers together for a mass decent down the silvery Tay.
Dunkeld is in an envious position as a paddlers base, with easy access to huge amounts of rivers and lochs on our doorstep. The famous slalom course at Grandtully, the play waves of Stanley, the Linn of Tummel waterfall, Ericht, Isla and Earn are just some of the great touring and whitewater rivers available locally. The stunning lochs of Tay, Tummel, Rannoch, Earn and more, are also a short drive away.
WHERE TO GO:
River Tay - Scotland's longest river flows right through the village with plenty of accessible launching spots. Amazing touring potential abounds, just pick your trip length and off you go.
River Braan - This river is a classic one in Scottish Whitewater. It contains everything an experienced whitewater kayaker could one, with steep creeks in the middle gorge section (grade 4-5+), read and run sections in the upper section (grade 2 -3) and a short but fun section (grade 2-3) below the Hermitage waterfall which can be run multiple times.
Clunie Loch - A lovely, calm Loch which offers plenty of shelter along with its lovely views. An island with a ruined castle means it could be a great place for a spot of canoe camping.
Loch Freuchie - A beautiful Highland Loch with grand views and the River Quaich gently flowing in. The river can be paddled up and downstream in nearly all water levels.
HOW TO DO IT:
Outdoor Explore - Based in nearby Blairgowrie, Outdoor Explore offers Canoe and Sea Kayak lessons at Clunie Loch. www.outdoor-explore.org.uk
Go Kayaking Scotland - Just down the road in Perth, Go Kayaking is one of the UK's biggest Paddlesports shops, with everything you would ever need. www.go-kayaking.com