The unique canoe journey follows the Spynie Canal down to the old railway bridge (2.3km) from where there is ½ km walk to the Palace. You will discover the story of the canal and the history of the voyageur canoe, and enjoy a gentle paddle in a sheltered environment.
The walk and canoe groups meet up at Spynie Palace which was the port of Elgin in medieval times. This will be the focal point of the ‘journey’ with a guided tour and where a ‘wee secret’ awaits. Groups then swap over for their return journey.
Difficulty/Grading of Activity: Easy/Moderate
Start Time and Duration: 1.00pm to 5.00pm (4 hours duration)
Start Point: meet at Gilston Bridge layby, Grid Ref NJ 204662 by 12.50pm ready to start at 1.00pm. The team will be there to meet you (Jim Royan, Iain Jamieson, Donald Lunan, Don Asher, Kate Asher).
End Point: Gilston Bridge lay-by
Briefing: A full safety briefing will be given at the outset prior to leaving Gilston Bridge layby. This is based on the key elements of the risk assessment for the adventure.
Please wear: Boots or sturdy walking shoes and suitable outdoor clothing for the weather forecast for the day. Please bring waterproof jacket and trousers, extra warm clothes (jersey or fleece), hat and gloves if cold weather is predicted, a day sack, something to eat and drink, sun protection, a camera to capture the adventure
Equipment: We will provide all the equipment for the canoe journey (canoe/ paddles/buoyancy aids/waterproof ‘dry’ bags).
Medical information: Please let the group leader know if you have any medical matters that you think should be brought to their attention. Be aware of Lyme’s disease which can be caused by ticks. Shower after the event and check for ticks and remove. Further information will be provided on the day.
Price: £30 per head
Please visit our ‘Secrets of‘ page for information on our other tours, including Pluscarden Abbey.