Popular Water Activities

Some of the cleanest rivers in Scotland and Europe are to be found within the Cairngorms National Park limits. The existence of them opens opportunities to many varied activities. The simplest activities start with fishing, swimming, up to the most challenging, like sailing, paddlesports and windsurfing. Almost all of these sports are available around Atholl, Glenshee, Angus Glens, Aviemore, Royal Deeside and Glenlivet areas. Only two settlements have a dedicated water sports centre. These are Loch Insh and Loch Morlich. These two spots offer rentals for canoe or tours in special boats, with the purpose of observing the wildlife.

Cairngorms National Park is crossed by two important rivers, Spey and Dee, which make their way up to the sea. Salmon and sea trout live in these waters for centuries.

  • Sailing is one of the water activities suited for the family. It is also one of the safest water activities around here. For those that want to go to the next level, trained instructors are available for taking up sailing courses. This opens up the possibility to rent a boat and explore on your own.
  • Canoeing and kayaking are available in two versions: the smooth enjoyable activity on a still water surface, and the adventure experience on a flowing river, at larger speeds. Either of the two you prefer?
  • River tubing is a North America imported sport. It was invented to relax people, and to enjoy the day in a slow pace floating, down a mellow water. In Cairngorms, this activity is practiced also on rapid mountain streams. The navigation on a still river is a good way to admire the beautiful mountain landscape, and the adventure on a fast stream brings out the adrenalin.
  • White Water Rafting is very popular at the beginning of Spring, when all the snow melts.

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