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by Adventure Solos


The River Spey in Scotland's Cairngorm National Park is no ordinary river. Most rivers start fast and the flow eases as they approach the sea. The Spey is different; it starts slow and gets quicker. This makes for a great adventure; over the 70 mile journey we'll build up skills and confidence before tackling Grade 1 & Grade 2 rapids.  

This canoe-camping adventure is a great follow event for anyone that has been on the Canoe Scotland event, or has other paddling experience. The next step would be to join us for a river training weekend in the Lake District (2023 dates TBC) unless you are able to demonstrate you have suitable paddling experience - join both for a reduced rate of just £999 until 31/12/2022.

The River Spey Adventures starts on Loch Insh, near Aviemore (a lovely outdoor town in the Cairngorms) and we spend 5 days paddling the river to Spey Bay and the North Sea. You will have the opportunity to pass the perfectly manicured lawns of salmon fishing huts, Speyside whisky distilleries (drawn to the area by the quality of the water) and incredible wildlife including deer, pine martens, wild cats, badgers, buzzards and nesting ospreys. There is even the chance to see seals, bottlenose dolphins and occasionally minke whales at Spey Bay. This is a truly magical adventure. 

River Spey Descent
  • A fun, sociable, solo-friendly group to adventure with!

  • An Adventure Solos host who will be there throughout the event.

  • Adventure Solos' detailed pre-adventure guide.

  • All canoeing equipment (canoe, paddle, buoyancy aid, helmet, canoe trolley).

  • A waterproof barrel each to keep personal gear dry.

  • Camping fees.

  • Transportation from Spey Bay (end) to Aviemore (start).

  • A bottle of Speyside whisky to share amongst the group after a hard day's paddling.

  • New friends; skills, experiences and a sense of achievement!


We meet for a pub lunch in Kincraig near Aviemore (PH21 1NA). The paddle ends at Spey Bay in Inverness. We offer guests free transport back to the start after the event.


Tickets are available below for £995 per person or £1,245 including a weekend of river training in the Lake District. 

Or to set up a monthly payment plan, click Fund your Adventure.​


Monday 15th August 2022 at midday to midday on Saturday 20th August 2022


Any payment plans must be paid for in full at least 1 month  before the start of your chosen event.


Monday 22nd August 2022 at midday to midday on Saturday 27th August 2022

Any payment plans must be paid for in full at least 1 month  before the start of your chosen event.

  • Dearne Valley
    The Dearne Valley, near Sheffield, is an area of South Yorkshire along the River Dearne. It is close to the Peak District and is very accessible, with a dozen cities within a 2-hour drive of the venue. The large grounds are dotted with activities for us to make the most of during the course of the event.
  • What's Included?
    A fun, sociable, solo-friendly group to adventure with! An Adventure Solos host who will be there throughout the event. Adventure Solos' detailed Pre-Adventure Guide. All specialist equipment for activities. 1.5 days' worth of activities with professional instructors. 2 nights' accommodation. 6 meals (2x breakfasts, 2x lunches, 2x evening meals). Any transport at the event.
  • Outline Itinerary
    Friday Arrive in the evening and join us for food, a few welcome drinks and a chat as we get to know each other. If the weather is good, we may sit in the Yurt around a fire - a brilliant way to start the weekend. Saturday After breakfast, we get into the first of several sessions of activities during the day. There are good opportunities to connect with your fellow guests during the activities and whilst reflecting over achievements at lunch and in the evening. ​ Sunday We have more activities in the morning, then enjoy lunch together one last time before hitting the road. The event finishes after lunch on Sunday. ​You'll leave having met a great bunch of people, having challenged yourself, had a lot of fun and laughed until your belly hurt! ​ Please note that, whilst we intend to provide the activities listed above, occasionally they may be subject to change at short notice due to factors such as weather conditions and the abilities of any particular group.
  • Accommodation
    All rooms are ensuite, with up to 6 people per room. Rooms and beds are available on a first-come, first served basis. Alternatively, you can book a sole occupancy room here). There is also a 'living room' area with seating. Bedding and a pillow are provided. Please bring a towel with you.
  • Transport/Getting there
    The weekend is based at Inspired Learning, Dearne Valley, Denaby Main, Doncaster, South Yorkshire, DN12 4EA. Train - If you are travelling by train, Conisbrough Station is adjacent to the venue (a one minute walk from the station to the venue). ​ Driving – If you are driving, the postcode is DN12 4EA. Leeds, Sheffield and York are all under 1 hour's drive from the venue. Loughborough, Nottingham, Manchester are all under 90 minutes' drive from the venue. Birmingham, Chester, Liverpool, Newcastle, Preston, Stoke-on-Trent and Warrington are all under 2 hours' drive. ​ Arrival is anytime from 6pm to 9pm (please contact us in advance if you think you will be later). Most people will arrive around 7pm and we'll eat at around 7.30pm.
  • Food and Drink
    Welcome drinks are provided on Friday evening. Food for six meals is provided, including: Evening meal on Friday Breakfast, lunch and evening meal on Saturday Breakfast and lunch on Sunday. Please let us know when booking if you have any dietary requirements. ​
  • Solo-friendly
    Guests book onto Adventure Solos events by themselves, and arrive to enjoy a fun, friendly and social event. The activities over the weekend are a great way to try new things and make new friends. This is also facilitated by an Adventure Solos host who will be present throughout the event and helps to ensure everyone is having a good time.
  • Equipment
    Any specialist equipment for activities is provided.
  • Experience
    You do not need prior experience for the activities (most people won't have done the activities before and the instructors and guides will help everyone through).
River Spey Adventure (14th August 2023)
River Spey Adventure (14th August 2023)
14 Aug 2023, 12:00
Loch Insh,
Kincraig, Inverness-shire, PH21, UK
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