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Aberfeldy: 4-Hour Water Rafting on Scotland's River Tay

1. Aberfeldy: 4-Hour Water Rafting on Scotland's River Tay

Feel the excitement of this adrenaline-fuelled white water rafting tour in the heart of one of the most picturesque countries in the world. This River Tay white water rafting tour is the most popular tour in Scotland, and is set on the largest river in the UK (by volume). Flowing through Aberfeldy, to Grandtully where the tour ends. The river continues on its way to Perth and then Dundee. Suitable for everyone aged eight and upwards, each raft is fully and safely led by a trained trip leader, and safety is covered in a comprehensive brief prior to the tour. During the tour, you'll learn and practice safety drills well before the most intense spots, ensuring a fun, safe experience for everyone. From the end of the tour, near Dundee, you will be transported back to Aberfeldy by coach to see the photography included in the ticket price.

From Edinburgh: 3-Day Isle of Skye and The Highlands Tour

2. From Edinburgh: 3-Day Isle of Skye and The Highlands Tour

Embark on a 3-day guided tour of the Scottish Highlands and visit highlights, including Loch Ness and the Isle of Skye. Learn the history of this lush region from your guide and spend two nights in Inverness. Day 1: Departing Edinburgh, we will take our first short drive heading north and stop at the mysterious Kelpies. Scotland’s largest piece of outdoor art depicting mythical creatures of Scotland’s folklore that your driver will tell you all about. We’ll then continue on our journey and pass Stirling Castle. Be inspired by tales from your guide of William Wallace and Robert the Bruce. Continuing north, into the Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park, admire the scenery as your tour guide explains the remarkable tribal clan history of the Highlands. Discover beautiful Glencoe, the most famous valley in Scotland, and hear of its tragic history. Admire the spectacular Glenfinnan Viaduct then head north and arrive on the southern banks of Loch Ness to get photos of the infamous monster Nessie! Stop for photos of Urquhart Castle before arriving in Inverness, the Capital of the Highlands, where you'll stay for 2 nights, choosing from a local guesthouse, hostel, or hotel. Day 2: After breakfast, depart Inverness and drive across the Kessock Bridge to the Black Isle and marvel at the spectacular scenery of Achnasheen and Loch Carron. Arriving on the Isle of Skye, venture north to explore the highlights of the island, including; the Cuillin Mountains, Trotternish Peninsula, Portree, the Old Man Storr, Kilt Rock and the famous Quiraing. In late afternoon, stop for photographs of the most beautiful castle in Scotland, "Eilean Donan Castle." Backdrop to many famous films, such as 'Highlander' and 'Made of Honor', this castle is another must-see iconic landmark! A scenic drive through stunning Glen Shiel follows, returning to Inverness to stay your final night. In the evening, visit a local Highland Pub to drink some Scotch whisky or beer and eat some traditional Scottish food, whilst listening to some local musicians perform. Day 3: Visit Culloden Battlefield, site of the last Jacobite Rising, then 'Clava Cairns', incredible 4,000-year-old, Bronze-Age standing stones. Travelling south, stop at the Highland Folk Museum. Here you'll experience highland life in the 17th century. See the buildings, the clothes and weapons, and how people lived 300 years ago. Then, drive through the dramatic Cairngorm National Park. You will have the chance to experience a Scotch Whiskey tasting before you visit the historic village of Dunkeld on the banks of the mighty River Tay. Your journey back to Edinburgh takes you across the famous Forth Bridges. The expected arrival time back in Edinburgh is around 6:30 PM.

Scottish Highlands & Whisky Full-Day Tour from Edinburgh

3. Scottish Highlands & Whisky Full-Day Tour from Edinburgh

Enjoy a fabulous day trip from Edinburgh to experience Scotland’s beautiful countryside just minutes from the capital. Drive to the stunning Highlands, and stop to sample a drop of the national drink to get a complete taste of Scotland. Leaving Edinburgh, the tour makes its way to the ancient capital of Stirling, where the skyline is dominated by its castle on the rock, and the iconic Wallace Monument. Stop to hear of Scotland’s most famous patriot, and his part in the medieval Wars of Independence. Say hello to “Hamish the hairy coo,” before driving through the scenic Trossachs National Park. Heading further into the Highlands, pass the shimmering waters of Loch Earn, before stopping for lunch at The Famous Grouse Experience, one of Scotland’s best known whisky distilleries. Once revived, enjoy a “wee dram” of Scotch whisky and drink the “Water of Life.” Continue to the Hermitage in the heart of Perthshire for a short woodland walk to see the spectacular Black Linn Falls on the River Braan. On the return journey, visit the quaint village of Dunkeld, an area associated with Macbeth, where the stunning cathedral sits on the banks of the River Tay. Pass the iconic Forth Bridge on the way back into Edinburgh, admiring the amazing 19th century feat of engineering.

Isle of Skye & Jacobite Steam Train 3-Day Highland Tour

4. Isle of Skye & Jacobite Steam Train 3-Day Highland Tour

Explore the Highlands of Scotland and the magical Isle of Skye on a 3-day sightseeing tour. Discover an area of outstanding natural beauty, full of Viking history and ancient myths and legends. Take a journey packed with Scotland's most iconic sights and scenery. Then ride on one of the great train journeys of the world on the charming Jacobite Steam Train. Day 1:Depart Edinburgh and drive past stunning views of the Forth Bridge to enter the Highlands through Perthshire. Admire a land of ancient forests, rivers, and mountains. Visit the quaint village of Dunkeld, with its historic cathedral on the banks of the River Tay. Continue north into the Highlands before you enter the Great Glen. At Fort Augustus, explore the shores of Loch Ness. Cross to the famous Isle of Skye, passing Eilean Donan Castle en route. Marvel at Scotland’s most famous icons. Your home for the night is Portree, capital of the “Winged Isle.” Day 2:Today you will spend a full day exploring the dramatic Isle of Skye, with its amazing scenery and fantastic myths and legends. Hear tales of Bonnie Prince Charlie’s escape against the backdrop of the jagged Cuillin Mountains. Highlights include the spectacular cliffs of Quiraing, the mysterious rock formation of Old Man of Storr, the cascading waterfalls of Kilt Rock, and imposing Dunvegan Castle. Spend overnight on the Isle of Skye. Day 3:Explore the south of the island, known as the “Garden of Skye,” before taking the ferry to the west coast fishing village of Mallaig. Here you will have the option to board the Jacobite Steam Train to Fort William, one of the most spectacular railway journeys in the world. Cross the Glenfinnan viaduct and see a monument to Bonnie Prince Charlie’s campaign. Head south through the dramatic scenery of Glencoe and Rannoch Moor, before riding through the heart of Rob Roy country to arrive back in Edinburgh in the early evening.

From Aberfeldy: Full-Day White Water Rafting & River Bugging

5. From Aberfeldy: Full-Day White Water Rafting & River Bugging

On this full-day tour you will enjoy an adventure of both white water rafting and the new sport of river bugging. You start of the day at 09:30 with a white water rafting trip. This trip takes place on the River Tay, with the exception of the weekends between June and September when it takes place on the River Tummel. Both the River Tay and River Tummel rafting trips are great tours with both fun and adrenaline assured. The River Tay is a grade 2/3 river and the River Tummel is a grade 3/4 river. The half-day River Tay rafting trip is about 6 miles in distance, and starts from the old market town of Aberfeldy. Here the river winds lazily along the Tay Valley, through rolling hills and stunning scenery. This is an area with a diverse wildlife, which is best seen from the river. The paddle crew has ample opportunity to practice their newly learnt rafting skills with a variety of fun and challenging games before the river drops away and creates challenging rapids that flow down to Grandtully. In the afternoon you will try river bugging, the latest white water sport to hit the UK shores from New Zealand. Here you will sit in a 1-person raft similar to a giant inflatable armchair! River bugs are a great way to play on the river if you want that little bit more excitement, and are ideal for summer river levels as you don't have to wait for the rain to gain the thrills of the outdoors! After receiving expert instruction from the experienced river bug guides, you will get out on the river (complete with your webbed gloves) and negotiate your own path down the white water rapids with the help of the instructors.

From Edinburgh: Isle of Skye & The Highlands 3-Day Tour

6. From Edinburgh: Isle of Skye & The Highlands 3-Day Tour

This 3-day tour takes you on a discovery of the beautiful mountain scenery and fascinating sights of the Scottish Highlands and the Isle of Skye. Visit numerous glens, lochs and castles in some the most dramatic landscapes in the country, including Eilean Donan Castle, the Fairy Glen, Loch Ness and Glen Coe. You will be transported from Edinburgh through the highlands and the Isle of Skye in a comfortable minibus. Learn about the long and violent history of the Scottish Highlands with your tour guide, from the bloody massacre of the Macdonalds at Glen Coe to Scotland’s great patriot William Wallace, whose name has resounded through British history for 700 years. Detailed itinerary Day 1 The tour first stops off at the delightful village of Dunkeld where you can explore the ancient cathedral grounds and walk through the mature woodland alongside the mighty River Tay. Continue north to the wild mountain scenery and misty locks of the Pass of Killiecrankie, Cairngorm National Park and Laggan. Admire Scotland’s highest mountain Ben Nevis along the Great Glen to Invergarry before travelling onwards through the stunning Glen Shiel (Five Sisters of Kintail) to Eilean Donan Castle. Enjoy the great views from the Skye Bridge as you drive onto the island under the shadow of the Cuillin Mountains to Portree where you will be dropped off at your accommodation. Please let the tour provider know your preferred accommodation choices when booking. The accommodation is reserved for you and should be paid for on arrival. Day 2 Today is spent touring the Isle of Skye, a flexible itinerary at the discretion of your driver/guide * (see below). Enjoy a half-day scenic drive along the dramatic Trotternish Ridge with its spectacular cliffs and rock formations. Stops can include Lealt Waterfall, Kilt Rock sea cliffs, the Old Man of Storr rock pinnacle and a walk at the Quiraing mountain pass. Another popular stop is the Fairy Glen, a delightful miniature Highland landscape and legendary home of the 'wee people'! The second half of the day explores the stunning southern part of the island which includes well-known sights and some hidden gems discovered over the years. Nestled under the Cuillin mountains is beautiful Glen Brittle. Rugged scenery surrounds you and there are several fantastic options for this section of the tour, including a short walk in the iconic mountain landscape. Another popular excursion is the drive to Neist Point lighthouse for spectacular views to the Western Isles. The 13th century home of the famous Clan McLeod, Dunvegan Castle offers guided tours, a useful wet-weather option because of Skye's famously changeable weather. It's not called the 'Misty Isle' for nothing! Day 3 After returning to the mainland you drive past the Five Sisters of Kintail before stopping at the world-famous Loch Ness. Enjoy lunch in Fort Augustus at the southerly tip of Loch Ness before continuing on through Fort William to Glencoe. Learn about the bloody history of the famous glen and admire the wild scenery before heading on to Tyndrum for a break. Return through the Lowlands and Stirling to Edinburgh in the evening.

Full-Day Edinburgh Military Tattoo & Scottish Highlands Tour

7. Full-Day Edinburgh Military Tattoo & Scottish Highlands Tour

Storytelling is one of the best and most important parts of Scottish and Irish culture. Here in Scotland, it brings the scenery, sites, and their characters alive for a tour that you won’t soon forget. You will experience the moving and incredible Edinburgh Military Tattoo, sample local whiskey, and see breathtaking scenery along the way. Scotland’s Highlands are beautiful and green, the land of forests, mountains, rivers, and glens. From Edinburgh, the tour goes through Stirling. Take in the views of the castle and learn the history behind the Wallace Monument. Continue to the Trossachs National Park, former home to the infamous cattle thief Rob Roy MacGregor. Characters and scenes come alive in your imagination as you take in the park and surrounding area. The tour follows the shoreline of Loch Earn on the way to a local whisky distillery. Here, you'll take a guided tour that will give you an insight into how ‘uisce beatha’ (the ‘water of life') is made, as well as going on a journey to discover the history behind one of Scotland’s most iconic exports. Explore the peaceful Hermitage, stretch your legs and take a woodland walk to Black Linn Falls on the River Braan. See Dunkeld and the spectacular cathedral on the banks of the River Tay. Return south past the Forth Bridge, to Edinburgh. There will be time to return to your hotel or explore the city a while before the evening event: the Military Tattoo at Edinburgh Castle.

Scotland's Splash White Water Rafting On Two Rivers Tour

8. Scotland's Splash White Water Rafting On Two Rivers Tour

Experience rafting two amazing rivers on the same day: the River Tay at Aberfeldy and the River Tummel at Pitlochry! First, ride the River Tay in an adrenaline-fueled white water rafting tour at the heart of Scotland. Flowing through Aberfeldy, Dunkeld and Perth, the tour ends on the coast in Dundee. Then, paddle on to the second lef of your adventure, the River Tummel, and get ready for your drop! At the end of the tour, your raft drops down an 18-food (6 meter) waterfall into Loch Faskally! Each raft is led by a trained trip leader. Safety is ensured and covered in a comprehensive brief prior to the tour. During the tour, you'll learn and practice safety drills well before the most intense spots, ensuring not just a fun but also safe experience for everyone.

Perthshire: Splash White Water Rafting & Canyoning Adventure

9. Perthshire: Splash White Water Rafting & Canyoning Adventure

Feel the excitement of experiencing the white water rapids of the River Tay on this full-day adventure. Your afternoon will be filled with the thrills of a canyoning adventure in picturesque Keltyburn Canyon This River Tay white water adventure is the most popular rafting tour in Scotland. The river flows through Aberfeldy and on to Grandtully, where the tour ends. The day’s activities are suitable for participants aged 10 and older. There’s a trained trip leader in charge of each raft, and safety practices are covered during a comprehensive briefing before you head out on the tour. You’ll also learn and practice safety drills on the river well before the most intense spots, ensuring a fun and safe experience for everyone. When your rafting adventure ends near Grandtully you’ll be transported back to Aberfeldy by coach and receive photos of your rafting trip. After a short break to grab a bite to eat you’ll head to Keltyburn Canyon. This is the site for an adrenaline-filled afternoon of sliding, climbing, and jumping down the canyon. The canyoning outing consistently gets great reviews and is becoming an increasingly popular activity.

Perthshire: Tay White Water Rafting

10. Perthshire: Tay White Water Rafting

If you’ve never experienced White Water Rafting before, then this is the trip for you! On this white water rafting trip, you will float, paddle & play your way down the 6-mile stretch from Aberfeldy to Grandtully. Experience white water rapids and beautiful Scottish scenery as you enjoy your River Tay White Water Rafting trip. During the summer months, when we are lucky enough to see the sunshine instead of the rain, the river does get rather low. Therefore although it is still a beautiful trip for beginners, others may wish to explore some of our more adventurous activities.

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What people are saying about River Tay

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 379 reviews

This tour was nothing short of magical! James was an amazing tour guide and a wonderful story teller. You can feel the love of Scotland he has in every story he tells. Tours can be tough and sometimes feel rushed but this did not at all. We had adequate time in each location, spending the most in Skye which is exactly what I’d hope for. Cannot recommend this tour enough and if you’re lucky enough to have James as your guide, you’re in for a treat!

A little girl's dream come true... set foot in Scotland, thanks to our guide Steve, a really great guide, friendly, funny, passionate and proud of his origins! It was a pleasure to be with him and the whole group. The group was really great thanks to them, great atmosphere. Sublime places, a road trip worthy of Scotland which is a summary in 3 days of this magnificent country. Thank you and see you soon, I highly recommend it! #thehairycoo

The tour guide Scott was very friendly and accommodating. He knew everything about the places we visited. He also took good care of everyone and kept us entertained throughout the three days. Unfortunately, we only saw some of the stations on photo stops, but we also visited many extraordinary places that you probably don't normally see.

better than expected, splendid nature and super guide, Brian Smith, well prepared, funny and caring, made us fall in love with Scotland

Great activity with teens. Good for learning the basics of whitewater rafting