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Kayak from Willowgate to Newburgh

Kayak from Willowgate to Newburgh

£ 50

Perth, Scotland

Beginner & Intermediate
Family-Friendly, Guides & Tours
Minimum age: 8
Perth, Scotland
Max. group size: 6
Cancellation: Strict
£ 50

Activity Highlights:

This kayaking tour offers a unique blend of adventure, history, and natural beauty, ideal for those ready to take on a slightly more challenging kayak excursion.

Key Details

  • Duration: Approx. 3 hours
  • Distance: 10km
  • Age Group: Adult (14+), children aged 8+ accompanied by an adult
  • Price: £50 per person

Itinerary

Starting at Willowgate, we will begin with an introduction and safety briefing.

From there, we will begin kayaking along the River Tay, paddling downstream and enjoying the assistance of the wind and tide.

We will navigate around small islands and through channels, discovering the local flora and fauna and exploring the river banks.

We will pass by old fishing bothies, Tay Salmon Fisheries’ storage shed, Elcho Castle, and more, concluding the tour at Newburgh.

Location

The tour commences at Willowgate, located near Perth City Centre, and journeys down the scenic River Tay to Newburgh Slipway.

We will send you the precise meeting point upon booking, but you can view our location on the map at the bottom of this page, and there is more information on how to reach us in the FAQs on this page.

The tour ends in Newburgh. If using Sat Nav/ your phone, simply google Newburgh Slipway and that will take you straight to our end point.

Prerequisites

  • Suitable for beginners, but participants should be ready for a moderate challenge.
  • Basic kayaking skills are helpful but not required.
  • Ages 14+ (or 8+ with a participating adult).

Why Choose Us?

This is more than just a paddling trip; it’s an immersive experience that combines the thrill of kayaking with the rich history and stunning natural beauty of the River Tay. Our expert guides ensure a safe and enjoyable journey, while our top-notch equipment makes paddling accessible for all skill levels. Whether you’re capturing scenic views, seeking a physical challenge, or interested in the local lore, this tour offers a memorable adventure in the heart of Scotland’s picturesque landscape.

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What's Included:

  • Use of our touring-specific sit-on-top kayaks, designed for ease and comfort.
  • Option to use tandem kayaks for pairs or those with children.
  • Buoyancy aid.
  • Guidance and support from experienced kayak instructors.

What's Not Included:

  • Return transport from Newburgh Slipway.
  • Transport to and from our centre.
  • Meals and snacks during the tour.

Facilities

Car parking available
Changing rooms available
Showers Available
Toilets

Frequently Asked Questions

The centre is located in the heart of Perthshire, a short distance from Perth City Centre. You can find us on the banks of the River Tay, with signage to guide you in from major routes.

We will send you the precise address and postcode upon booking, but here is a summary to help you plan your visit:

  • By Foot: From Perth City Centre, you have two options:
    • Take the scenic riverside walk from Rodney Gardens, noting it can be muddy in winter or a wildflower path in summer. Be mindful of high tide times, as the path isn’t accessible one hour either side of high tide. This path’s conditions can vary.
    • For a firmer path, cross South Street bridge, turn right onto Dundee Road, and follow the pavement directly to the centre.
  • By Car: Use the postcode provided Sat Nav.
    • From Dundee, take A90, then A85, staying on Dundee Rd and look for brown tourist signs.
    • From Perth, go over South Street bridge, right on Dundee Rd/A85.
    • From Edinburgh, take M90, exit at Junction 11 for A85, and follow the signs.
  • By Bike: A cycle lane is available along Dundee Road, suitable for experienced cyclists. You can also follow the riverside walk, but may need to dismount in places. Secure bike storage is planned for the future.
  • By Bus: Perth City Centre has bus stops about a 40-minute walk from our centre. A limited bus service stops at Walnut Grove, a 5-minute walk away, and an electric bus stop is directly outside our centre. Check Google Maps for the latest schedules and stops with the provided postcode.

We monitor the weather closely and will inform you in advance if conditions are unsafe for kayaking. We can reschedule your session for a later date if this is the case. However, a bit of rain and a grey sky won’t stop us. We will only reschedule if the conditions are unsafe.

We will be paddling 10km in total, which usually takes around 3 hours.

Yes, the tour is suitable for beginners but participants should be ready for a moderate challenge.

We provide touring-specific sit-on-top kayaks and tandem kayaks, designed for comfort and easy maneuvering. Tandem kayaks are available, ideal for pairs or adults accompanying children.

The tour is suitable for adults (14+) and children aged 8+ when accompanied by an adult.

Participants should bring warm exercise clothes, shoes for getting wet, dry clothes for after the tour, and water.

Participants must organise their own return transport from Newburgh Slipway, which can be via a pre-dropped car, a friend’s pick-up, or public transport. Just ask if you need help with this!

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