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Whitewater Rafting Guide To River Trips

Garry River

Location: South of Fort Augustus, in Scotland’s Great Glen

The Garry River flows through Glen Garry, part of the long chain of glens making up Scotland’s Great Glen. Other nearby towns include Lochaber and Invengarry.

Level of Difficulty: Class III+ / Beginner

The River Garry is a Class III+ river, making it a great run for beginners and experienced enthusiasts alike. Rollercoaster rapids and big stopper waves make it a more exciting Class III.

Scenery: Stunning Highlands, Dense Forests, and Rollercoaster Rapids

The rafting section on the Garry River is only about 1.5 miles in length. Rafting operators will generally do one run-through as training, have lunch, and then run it again with more aggressive lines. Many rapids on the Garry provide great spots for playing and “surfing”, which are also often taken advantage of in that second run. In between rapids, boaters have time to enjoy the beautiful scenery of Scotland’s highlands. Smooth, volcanic rocks slope down from dense woods of mature broadleaves and Caledonian Scots pine. Wildlife sightings may include dippers, salmon, grey wagtails, goosander and otters.

Season: March – October

The River Garry is a dam-released river, and rafting trips are therefore only available on certain days of the week. Check with your whitewater rafting operator to find out the upcoming season’s release schedule.