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Canoe & Camp the River Tweed

Canoe & Camp the River Tweed

£ 100

Cardrona, Peebles

Beginner
Multi-Day, Guides & Tours
Minimum age: 18
Cardrona, Peebles
Max. group size: 8
Cancellation: Moderate
Minimum booking size: 4
Duration: 2 days
Start time(s): 10:00
£ 100

Activity Highlights:

Tailored for adventurers aged 18 and over, this journey is a chance to connect with nature, enjoy some camaraderie, and enjoy an overnight stay in the great outdoors.

Key Details

  • Duration: 2 days, 1 night
  • Age: 18+
  • Capacity: Up to 8 people (contact for larger groups)
  • Price: £100 per adult

Itinerary

Our two-day adventure will commence at Cardrona, where a car park just before the hotel on the left will serve as the meeting and launch site. Once you’ve been equipped with all the necessary gear and a brief orientation, you’ll set off on your canoes, gently paddling down the River Tweed. Expect the day’s paddle to last around 4-5 hours.

As you navigate the calm currents, the river will guide you through a variety of stunning scenes that showcase the rich tapestry of the Borders. You will be enveloped by the lush greenery of the rolling hills and woodlands that hug the riverbanks. The gentle pace of your canoe allows for an immersive experience; you’ll have the time to appreciate the intricate details of the environment, from the dappled sunlight through the leaves to the soft rustling of wildlife.

Keep an eye out for the diverse wildlife that calls this region home. You might catch glimpses of otters playfully diving in the water, herons standing tall at the water’s edge, and ospreys soaring overhead in search of a catch. The banks of the river are also a wildflower enthusiast’s delight, with an array of species that may include the vibrant blooms of foxgloves or the delicate petals of wild roses during the right season.

The River Tweed itself is steeped in history, being an integral part of the textile heritage of the area. You’ll paddle past ancient ruins, peering out from the foliage, and stately homes that stand as a testament to the area’s rich past. 

Throughout the canoe trip, you will be accompanied by experienced guides who will ensure your safety and provide insight into the river’s ecosystem, history, and the various points of interest. 

The trip concludes in Ashstiel. 

Post-paddle, we’ll retreat to a charming old forest campsite, complete with a fire pit and a teepee tent for each group, ensuring a cosy, communal slumber beneath the stars.

Location

  • Starting Point: Cardrona Car Park (just before the hotel on the left).
  • Camping: Secluded forest campsite in Glenkinnon – we’ll send you the precise location upon booking.

Prerequisites

Participants should be at least 18 years old and in a fit condition to paddle and camp. No prior canoeing experience is required.

Why Choose Us?

Nestled in the Tweed Valley, our skilled instructors prioritise your safety and enjoyment above all. With a focus on customisable experiences, whether you’re looking for a day trip or a full-week adventure, we’re here to curate it for you. Our commitment extends beyond Peebles, across Scotland, to wherever the spirit of adventure calls you. Join us, and let’s paddle towards an unforgettable experience together!

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What's Included:

  • Canoe and paddling equipment, including buoyancy aid.
  • Dry barrels for personal belongings.
  • Cooking utensils, plates, cups, stoves, grill.
  • Non-alcoholic beverages.
  • Teepee tent accommodation (up to 6 people per tent).
  • Portable toilet facilities.
  • Campfire setup.

What's Not Included:

  • Personal food and snacks.
  • Sleeping bags and mats.
  • Personal clothing and footwear.
  • Head torches and personal comfort items.

Facilities

Car parking available
Overnight Parking (free)

Frequently Asked Questions

No prior canoeing experience is necessary to join our Canoe and Camp trip on the River Tweed. Our skilled instructors will provide a safety briefing and basic paddling instructions to ensure all participants feel comfortable and prepared for the journey.

Please pack a waterproof jacket and trousers, sturdy water-friendly footwear, a change of clothes, personal overnight essentials, a sleeping bag, a sleeping mat, a head torch, a warm hoodie or top for the evening, and any additional comfort items such as a pillow or extra snacks. Remember, space is limited, so pack light!

You’ll need to bring your lunch for the daytime paddle and meals for the evening and following morning. We provide all the cooking utensils, plates, cups, and stoves. You can also try your hand at cooking over an open fire with our grill.

Please let us know in advance if you do not have your own camping gear. We may be able to assist you with rentals or suggestions on where to acquire the necessary equipment for a comfortable overnight stay. Tents are provided.

The Canoe and Camp trip on the River Tweed is designed for adults, and participants must be 18 years of age or older. This ensures that all attendees are capable of managing the physical aspects of the trip and any decisions that need to be made independently.

If you are looking to canoe with a younger group, you can check out our range of options at the bottom of this page. 

A basic level of fitness is required as canoeing and camping involve physical activity. Please inform us of any health conditions or concerns prior to booking so that we can best accommodate your needs.

The campsite is equipped with portable Porta-Potty facilities to provide a rustic yet comfortable experience. We aim to maintain the natural environment while also ensuring the comfort of our guests.

Generally, two people would normally share a boat.

We will always try to give as much notice as possible if an activity can’t go ahead. It could be the river is too high for canoeing or we are expecting weather warnings for wind. Sometimes things are out of our control and we may have to cancel with very short notice. In all cases, we will try to offer an alternative activity or location. In the event of a canceled activity by us, you will be refunded if we cannot find a suitable alternative date/time/activity for your group. 

However, it’s worth saying that we will only cancel in the event that it is unsafe to paddle. A bit of drizzle won’t stop us! Please assume the trip is going ahead unless we contact you to say otherwise. The vast majority of our trips go ahead as planned, come rain or shine!

Absolutely. We can tailor this trip to you and your group, no trouble. Any special requests, please just mention them in the comments when you book, or send the adventuro team a message in the chat for bespoke arrangements. 

We offer a 3-hour River Tweed canoe trip, yes. You can view it at the bottom of this page.

How it works: 

  1. Make a booking.
  2. The centre will accept your booking, usually within an hour or two.
  3. Pay for the booking to confirm it.

If you have specific questions, please put them in the comments section, and the centre will answer before you pay.

If something isn't right or if there are no dates available, then send us a message in the live chat.

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Cancellation Policy

Flexible

  • You can cancel until 48 hours before your booking for a full refund
  • If you cancel after that, you’ll pay 50% up to 24 hours beforehand and the full amount after 24 hours 

Moderate

  • You can cancel until 5 days before yoru booking for a full refund
  • If you cancel after that, you’ll pay 50% up to 48 hours beforehand and the full amount after 48 hours 

Firm

  • To receive a full refund, you must cancel at least 14 days before their booking
  • If you cancel between 7 and 14 days before your booking, you’ll pay 50% of the cost
  • If you cancel less than 7 days before the booking starts, you’ll pay the full amount

Strict

  • To receive a full refund, you must cancel at least 30 days before your booking
  • If you cancel between 7 and 30 days before your booking, you’ll pay 50% of the cost
  • If you cancel less than 7 days before the booking starts, you’ll pay the full amount
  • You can also receive a full refund if you cancel within 48 hours of paying, if the cancellation occurs at least 14 days before the booking starts