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Kayaking Beaver-Spotting Tour on the River Tay

Kayaking Beaver-Spotting Tour on the River Tay

£ 40

Perth, Scotland

Beginner
Family-Friendly, Guides & Tours
Minimum age: 8
Perth, Scotland
Max. group size: 6
Cancellation: Strict
Start time(s): 09:30, 13:30
Duration: 1.5 hours
£ 40

Activity Highlights:

Set off on a tranquil journey along the River Tay with our Beaver Spotting Tour, where the wonders of wildlife await. Glide through the water at a leisurely pace, eyes peeled for the charming beavers and signs of their presence along the verdant banks.

Key Details

  • Duration: 1 hour and 30 minutes
  • Age Range: Suitable for those aged 14+ in single kayaks, and ages 8+ when accompanied by an adult
  • Price: £40 per person

Itinerary

Our adventure begins with a calm paddle, embracing the peacefulness of the Tay. As we navigate the gentle currents, we’ll pause to admire the local wildlife and search for beavers—those elusive architects of the waterways.

Beavers have made a triumphant return to the River Tay, centuries after being hunted to extinction for their fur, meat, and the valuable castoreum. Their reintroduction is part of Scotland’s broader efforts to restore native wildlife and habitats, starting with a controlled release in Argyll in 2009.

These industrious creatures have transformed the Tay’s ecosystem, proving their prowess as natural engineers by building dams and creating wetlands, which support biodiversity, aid in flood management, and help purify water.

While sightings of these creatures are a treat and not guaranteed, the thrill of the hunt coupled with the beauty of the river ensures a rewarding experience for all.

Location

Our centre is nestled in the picturesque heart of Perthshire, mere moments from Perth City Centre. Our spot by the River Tay offers a natural haven, complete with breathtaking views of Kinnoull Hill and the surrounding landscapes.

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.

Prerequisites

This tour is perfect for beginners and those new to kayaking. No prior paddling experience is needed, just a sense of adventure and a love for nature. Anyone aged 8+ can join us.

Why Choose Us?

At Willowgate, we’re not just about outdoor activities; we’re about creating experiences that connect you with the heartbeat of Scotland’s natural world. Our expert guides, serene location, and commitment to quality make us the ideal choice for those seeking to explore, learn, and perhaps even spot a beaver in its natural habitat. Whether you’re a family looking for an educational outing, a group seeking an adventure, or an individual wishing to unwind on the water, our Beaver Spotting Tour is an invitation to discover the hidden gems of Perthshire’s waterways.

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What's Included:

  • Guided kayaking tour along the River Tay.
  • Chance to spot beavers and learn about their habitat.
  • All necessary kayaking equipment, including kayaks and paddles and wetsuits.
  • Safety briefing and life jackets.

What's Not Included:

  • Personal insurance.
  • Swimwear and water shoes (trainers are acceptable).
  • Personal items such as cameras or binoculars for wildlife viewing.

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.

Expect a serene paddle on the River Tay with opportunities to spot beavers and evidence of their activities, although sightings cannot be guaranteed.

The tour is 1 hour and 30 minutes long, providing ample time to enjoy the scenery and search for wildlife.

No, the tour is beginner-friendly and suitable for all skill levels. Our instructors will provide a safety briefing and paddling instructions.

Please wear swimwear for under your provided wetsuit and shoes suitable for water. Trainers that you don’t mind getting wet are fine.

Children aged 8 and above can participate when accompanied by an adult. Those aged 14+ can kayak solo.

A basic level of fitness is beneficial since you’ll be paddling, but the tour is conducted at a gentle pace suitable for most individuals.

Absolutely. Just drop the adventuro team a line in the online chat, and they will help to arrange a bespoke experience for your group.

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