Rivers
Canoeing and Kayaking on : River Tay

The River Tay is the longest river in Scotland and carries the most water at its mouth of any river in Britain. It is one of the most popular places to go canoeing in the country.

The Tay is fantastic for both whitewater kayaking and for canoe touring. There are enough rapids to keep paddlers on their toes, but overall the grade remains a reasonable 1 to 2, with the notable exceptions of Grandtully and Stanley Weir which are normally viewed as Grade 3.

It is possible to link the River Dochart, Loch Tay and the River Tay together to make one longer canoeing trip.

The SCA has a facility at Grandtully with a slalom course, camping and approved access points.



Paddle Point
1 Chome-11 Kamifukubara, Yonago-shi, Tottori-ken 683-0004, Japan

River right is normal, with sweeping big bend and simple standing waves. Can push beginners into trees.
River left in high water is small, but has a couple of surf waves.

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Pitlochry, Perth and Kinross PH16, UK

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A stunning tea break spot :)

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Launch here for the section to Aberfeldy. There is a public car park but it has a height restriction so vans and tall trailers may need to park in the layby on the main road. Both car parks are just a few steps away from the beach.

Paddle Point
1 Chome-11 Kamifukubara, Yonago-shi, Tottori-ken 683-0004, Japan

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Aberfeldy, Perth & Kinross PH15, UK

On street parking by steps that lead down to the river. The river is grade 1 from here to just above the SCA access point when it becomes grade 2 until the grade 3 Grandtully slalom site.

Paddle Point
Aberfeldy, Perth and Kinross PH15, UK

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Paddle Point
1 Chome-11 Kamifukubara, Yonago-shi, Tottori-ken 683-0004, Japan

Paddle Point
1 Chome-11 Kamifukubara, Yonago-shi, Tottori-ken 683-0004, Japan

Obvious from the SCA sign on the gate. Please be sensible - close the gate and try to keep vehicles off the grass as much as possible. Try to leave only one car here at the gate by the river so that other groups can also use the space.

Paddle Point
1 Chome-11 Kamifukubara, Yonago-shi, Tottori-ken 683-0004, Japan

Grade 3 rapids at Grandtully with slalom gates.

Information from the SCA
Inspection on the left easiest for the top fall, landing upstream of gabion baskets.
Paddle Point
1 Chome-11 Kamifukubara, Yonago-shi, Tottori-ken 683-0004, Japan

Paddle Point
1 Chome-11 Kamifukubara, Yonago-shi, Tottori-ken 683-0004, Japan

There is a layby here with a rough steep track down to the river. Launching here the river is gentle grade 1 to Dunkeld, although at low water there are often inconveniently placed fallen trees! It is ideal for a one car trip as there is a bus service from Dunkeld to Grandtully.
Bear in mind the river increases drastically in difficulty during high water conditions. Level info available from www.wheresthewater.com

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The SCA in 2012 negotiated access for canoeists and kayakers up the bank at the Atholl Arms hotel. They are happy for you to park in their car park to load/unload and may do discounts for SCA members!
The river below here is fairly gentle grade 1-2 until Campsie Linn (g3) at the start of the Stanley to Thistlebrig section (g2/3). From here to Isla bridge is a relaxed day's paddle at g1-2. The Tay descent runs from here to Perth (19 miles).
Water level info at www.wheresthewater.com

Paddle Point
1 Chome-11 Kamifukubara, Yonago-shi, Tottori-ken 683-0004, Japan

Access on river left below bridge.

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The largest volume waterfall in Britain!
The fall itself is only a few feet high, but the volume of water makes this a tricky place. Even in low water there are large whirlpools below the main shoot. It is graded 3 but the main shoot in very high water is generally accepted to be graded "scary".
From above the fall, from left to right, the shoots are:
The main shoot. This always has enough water to run. In high water a tubing wave forms here and the whole thing gets pretty dangerous. This is the location of the largest inland whirlpools in Britain which can easily swallow paddler and boat.
Next to this (and merging with it in high water) is a rarely run shoot which goes under an undercut on the right that is visible in low water.
Across the big lump of rock is the middle shoot which rarely run due to needing near flood conditions to be doable.
Across the next lump is the standard high water line. A grippy hole can form at the bottom of this.
Finally is the chicken shoot, often run by open canoeists as it won't swamp a boat and by scared kayakers paddling during a flood.

The currents around this fall are often counter intuitive and can push you very strongly where you don't want to go. Be careful!

Paddle Point
1 Chome-11 Kamifukubara, Yonago-shi, Tottori-ken 683-0004, Japan

Launch here for the short g2/3 section to Thistlebrig. You can paddle upstream and walk up the island to Campsie Linn to play before heading down. The gate here is not always open for cars, but if not you can park on the verge and walk the short distance to the bank. Just below here is Stanley weir which has surf waves at certain levels and the combination of this and Campsie make for a nice "Park and Play" spot.

Paddle Point
1 Chome-11 Kamifukubara, Yonago-shi, Tottori-ken 683-0004, Japan

Surf waves form at some levels below this broken weir. Be careful of some spikes that have been spotted recently in the river right side!
If you have just one car then you can carry back up the river left bank and paddle back up the flat to the car park.

Paddle Point
1 Chome-11 Kamifukubara, Yonago-shi, Tottori-ken 683-0004, Japan

Grade III

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The get out for the Stanley to Thistlebrig whitewater section or a launch point for a gentle grade 1 paddle to Perth. Be prepared to climb a lot of steps...

Just below the steps out of the river is the nice playwave "Wee Eric" which goes at certain levels. See www.wheresthewater.com

Paddle Point
1 Chome-11 Kamifukubara, Yonago-shi, Tottori-ken 683-0004, Japan

Access river left.

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Perth, Perth and Kinross, UK

Large, green park with access at several points and parking on streets opposite.