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Whitewater Rafting Guide To River Trips

Tay River

Location: North of Perth, A Short Drive From Edinburgh or Glasgow

The River Tay runs through the southern Highlands of Scotland, its source located high on the slopes of Ben Lui. Whitewater rafting trips begin either in Aberfeldy or Stanley, just north of Perth.

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Level of Difficulty: Class III / Beginner

The River Tay is Scotland’s biggest river in terms of volume, which translates into very fast, exciting rapids. Waves are big and rocks are few, making for a good ride with little worry about consequences. The rapids are fun wave trains with fitting names like Zoom Flume, Washing Machine and Grandtully.This is a great run for beginners and families, as well as for the more experienced rafter.

Scenery: Rolling Green Countryside

The River Tay winds between the rugged hills of the highland edge, and rolling slopes with small rural communities and sporadic agriculture. Alders, willows and sandy beaches line the riverbanks, against a backdrop of thick larch, pine and fir forests. Wildlife sightings include dippers, moorhens, otters, lamprey, and Sand Martins. Marsh Marigolds and monkeyflowers add vibrant color to contrast the dark green of the forest.

Season: Year-round

Whitewater rafting trips are available of the River Tay all months of the year. Higher flow conditions are found in the winter months, from September through April. Lower flows during the summer months provide a more gentle and scenic introduction.