The WDC Canoe Challenge is a fantastic three day challenge with wild camping, lots of paddling and opportunities to see wildlife and marine life. Please see our own experience on this majestic journey down the River  Spey with the WDC Challenge

Help the WDC protect the dolphins of the Moray Firth by joining their thrilling three day sponsored canoeing adventure down Scotland’s majestic River Spey.  Your journey begins in Aviemore and finishes at the WDCS Scottish dolphin centre at the mouth of the River Spey. You’ll take in breath-taking scenery,ride grade 2 rapids and enjoy wild camping, and the money raised will support our campaign to protect Scotland’s dolphins –  are you fit for the challenge?


Day 1

Starting our descent of the River Spey from Aviemore on Friday morning, Day 1 consists largely of a gentle bimble down by Boat of Garten and Grantown on Spey before setting up camp on an island in the river overnight.

Day 2

A pretty adventurous second day with a few grade 2 rapids, as we head down through whisky country past Knockando and Aberlour. Camp beside a pub in Craigellachie and maybe sample some of the Speyside malts from distilleries that we have paddled past during the day.

Day 3

We start off with more “interesting” rapids before the Spey reaches the coastal plain and calms down on its last leg down to the sea at Spey Bay. We will end the day at the Scottish Dolphin Centre where WDC staff will ready to congratulate you on your achievement.

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  • WDC Canoe Challenge Canoeing adventure down Scotland’s majestic River Spey
  • Skills needed: Able to swim 25m and some previous canoeing experience required
  • Registration and pledge: Cost: £275 per person plus sponsorship of £200
  • Dates: 30 May - 1 June 2014
  • Are you ready to take on the River Spey?! Sign up here: