Open Canoeing

Starting to canoe down Loch Ness on the Caledonian Canal


The Open Canoe lends itself as the perfect touring machine. Lovely and comfortable and plenty of room for the luxuries and picnic hamper. The River Tweed is beautiful at all times of the year but especially in the autumn months when the leaves are turning. The birds to be seen include the Heron, Kingfisher, Little Egret, Dipper, common Sandpiper, sand martins, Oyster catcher and the odd Cormorant as well as many ducks. Floating under the three bridges of Berwick with the many swans is the perfect end to a lovely river trip. We can arrange camping trips further afield i.e. Scotland. Sundays are the best day for the Tweed as there is no Salmon fishing so we can often have the river to ourselves.

Family 'Come and Try' session
Family ‘Come and Try’ session

Holiday Wednesdays – ‘Come and Try’ sessions (Not until Covid restrictions are removed)

We offer static sessions and short half day trips on a Wed in the holidays for anyone to join in on (minimum of 4 people required). These are the most economical, check out the prices page. Based at Etal.

Why not set your own challenge like a source to sea trip of the great River Tweed – this would require some skills training but a great achievement. It could be done in one trip (3 or 4 days with some training) or made up over three or four visits to the area.

Open canoeing - river till
Running a rapid – with dog

Trip ideas

Canoe the Tweed – We offer half day, full day or multi day trips. From Peebles to Berwick upon Tweed or lots of sections between. Loads of options with 2 or 3 seaters or solo.

Canoe the Till – a tributary of the Tweed – smaller and more remote. Gentle moving water ideal for complete beginners.

Canoe the Teviot – ideal for the intermediate canoeist looking for a bit of river running skill.


The canoe originated in North America and was used to transport goods primarily – some amazing stories exist about the voyageurs

who traded along some of the huge North American rivers trading mainly skins. The dug out canoe made from a rotten hard wood felled tree trunk is probably the oldest form of transport known to man!