About Scotland

More of a country than a region in honesty, the region encompasses rivers as far south as the Minnoch and as far north as the Morriston and beyond. The famously rainy nation is home to some of the best whitewater in the world and although most of it is heavily rain dependent (requiring just the right kind of rain) there are a number of rivers which hold their water well enough and also plenty of dam releases for paddling to take place all year round. The phrase “Bob Evans – Low Water” springs to mind.

The river Tay and tributaries provides whitewater within easy access of the large cities of the South. Further north Aberdeen; Aviemore and of course Fort William have access to classics such as the North Esk, the Findhorn and the Nevis. For a detailed river guide there is UKRGB and for the rivers missed the Scotland guide book is a must have. River levels can also be monitored using Wheres the Water. Although the region lacks a consistently good play spot, freestyle kayakers have access to some of the most exciting play spots in the UK when the conditions are right. A high water Tay offers some good surf waves (although some are rather high risk), and the Falls of Lora tidal race occasionally provides world class waves which on the right day can even be surfed in a short boat. Protruding out in to the Atlantic means Scotland is also a world class surf kayak destination, home to several world champions. Surf spot guides and reports can be found here.

If whitewater is not your cup of tea then the many lochs which decorate the highlands offer stunning flat water canoe and kayaking opportunities. For the keen sea kayakers amongst you Scotland is as good as it gets, surrounded by water and boasting over 790 offshore islands to explore.

The range and quality of water on offer is only rivaled by the clubs and groups that paddle in Scotland. There is a great club scene including an impressively strong set of University clubs. A list of clubs open to the general public is available here. There really is no excuse not to get out and explore this beautiful country from the water.

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Garry Boater X 2014… 26th July

May 26th, 2014 Contributed by: Daryn

This ​will ​be ​the ​second ​Garry ​Boater ​X ​event ​after ​the ​first ​successful ​event ​held ​in ​2013.

The ​Garry ​Dam ​release ​is ​a ​Mecca ​to ​kayakers, ​a ​truly ​ fantastic ​piece ​of ​water ​to ​paddle ​in ​a ​beautiful ​part ​of ​ the ​World.
On ​the ​day ​of ​the ​race ​we ​will ​have ​an ​all-in ​draw ​ paddlers ​of ​all ​abilities ​from ​the ​race ​heads ​who ​think ​they ​ have ​what ​it ​takes ​to ​those ​who ​want ​a ​bit ​of ​fun ​on ​an ​ exciting ​piece ​of ​grade ​3 ​plus ​water.
For ​Garry ​Boater ​X ​we ​have ​devised ​a ​race ​format ​that ​ allows ​EVERYONE ​to ​race ​in ​EVERY ​ROUND ​so ​regardless ​of ​ ability ​as ​the ​rounds ​progress ​you ​will ​race ​against ​those ​of  ​similar ​standard.

This ​year ​we ​will ​have ​MALE ​and ​FEMALE ​Categories.
We ​expect ​the ​race ​heads ​to ​go ​hell ​for ​leather ​but ​ trailing ​the ​course ​the ​faster ​paddlers ​can ​get ​in ​each ​ others ​way, ​knocking ​each ​other ​off ​the ​fastest ​lines ​allowing  ​other ​paddlers ​to ​sneak ​through ​and ​win.
Regardless ​if ​you ​win ​or ​lose ​you ​race ​in ​the ​next ​ round, ​through ​a ​series ​of ​heats ​which ​culminates ​with ​a ​ finals ​round ​so ​EVERYONE ​gets ​placed; ​EVERYONE ​will ​have ​their  ​‘Final’ ​regardless ​of ​ability.
This ​year ​the ​registration, ​refreshments, ​presentations ​will ​ all ​take ​place ​at ​the ​Race ​HQ ​at ​the ​White ​Bridge. ​

Race ​entry ​closes ​July ​6th

North Esk River Race 2014 – Summary

April 23rd, 2014 Contributed by: calumpeden1

The 19th of April 2014 saw the 2nd ever North Esk River Race.
36 paddlers took to the water in 3 classes; Intermediate, Advanced and, for those who dared Ironman. In each class there could only be two winners, one male and one female.
The weather could not have been better with blazing sunshine all day and ... Read More →

North Esk River Race — Results

April 21st, 2014 Contributed by: calumpeden1

Here they are the results from the North Esk River Race on Saturday.

Position
Name
Race Number
Time

Intermediate Female

#1
Kirsten Rendle
1
00:07:03

#2
Penny Coles
2
00:07:46

#3
Kitty Birley
3
00:07:55

#4
Amy Morton
4
00:08:11

Intermediate Male

#1
Gareth Lake
8
00:06:37

#2
Jonathan Riddell
7
00:07:00

#3
Matthew Morson
9
00:07:18

Advanced Female

#1
Texa Sim
50
00:08:05

#2
Amy Kincaid
10
00:08:14

#3
Iryna Meduniak
14
00:08:16

#4
Katie Titch
13
00:08:50

Advanced Male

#1
Stuart Gerrie
48
00:06:53

#2
Leslie Simpson
31
00:07:05

#3
Callum Strong
44
00:07:06

#4
Mark Wielopolski
37
00:07:17

#5
Gavin Millar
35
00:07:24

#6
Jon Harwell
27
00:07:27

#7
William Mawdsely
34
00:07:27

#8
Calum Hogg
45
00:07:30

#9
Niall Milner
38
00:07:41

#10
Rory Munro
46
00:07:41

#11
Murray Gauld
17
00:07:48

#12
Murray Peden
25
00:07:49

#13
Andre Phillips
26
00:07:50

#14
Raphael Mokri
40
00:07:50

#15
Jamie Peden
29
00:08:00

#16
John Rothwell
16
00:08:04

#17
Kevin Barclay
20
00:08:06

#18
Jack Brickell
22
00:08:17

#19
Roddy Sandeman
49
00:08:19

#20
Thomas Crow
33
00:08:21

#21
Duncan Stewart
21
00:08:32

#22
Jonathan Hogg
36
00:09:13

#23
Klim MacKenzie
43
00:09:26

#24
Sean Gaffney
51
00:09:31

#25
John Peden
39
00:14:26

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