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River Tweed Canoe Trip

This fantastic canoe expedition along Scotlands finest river takes us along the border passing the historic towns of Kelso and Brigham, finally finishing at Coldstream in England.

This is an entirely self-sufficient river trip, generally camping for the first night, and staying in a bunkhouse for the second. If your group would like a slightly more luxurious trip, we can arrange accommodation in bed and breakfasts or hotels along the route.

The Tweed is the second longest river in Scotland at 163 km (96 miles) long, and it's huge catchment area ensures that the river runs at a navigable water level through most of the year. We will be tackling the best 44km (26 miles) section of this amazing river, finishing at Coldstream in England.

Typical itinerary

Day 1
After meeting and checking equipment / packing the boats we will aim to be on the water by 1pm at the latest. This day includes some of the most scenic stretches of the river, and will get you settled into your boats. We will stop in good time, ready to set up camp for the night.
Day 2
Having settled into the rhythm of the river, this day brings the hardest stretches of white water we will encounter on this trip. Before we tackle them, we will spend some time practising the skills required to successfully run these, and the rescues if not! We will all have the opportuanity to relax and dry out at the bunkhouse, and enjoy a pub meal.
Day 3
Having relaxed at the bunkhouse overnight, we will be well rested to tackle the final section down into Coldstream. This section contains several weirs, and those who want a final blast may choose to shoot these - some may opt for the dryer option of portaging around! Once we arrive in Coldstream, we will take you back to your cars, ready for the journey home.

Level of difficulty

This canoe holiday is suitable for people with little or no experience of canoeing, as well as more experienced paddlers who wish to join a guided trip. All clients need to be fit enough to undertake 3 full days of activity, possibly including some straightforward portages (carrying your canoe around an blockage). The River Tweed is mainly grade II water, with some grade III sections. Before running any rapids a comprehensive briefing will be given by your instructor who will never be far away. The only requirement for participants is to be confident in water; an ability to swim is not essential, as you will be wearing a buoyancy aid.


Generally, we will spend 1 night wild camping along the riverside (tents, sleeping bags and cooking equipment are provided), and 1 night in a bunkhouse. If you prefer two nights indoors, this can normally be aranged.

Canoeing the River Tweed