Open Canoeing

A half day open canoeing on the River Till


The Open Canoe paddled with a single bladed paddle lends itself as the perfect touring machine, we have both 2 and 3 seater canoes ideal for that family adventure. Lovely and comfortable and plenty of room for extra clothing and the picnic hamper. The River Till is our go to option for either a 2 or 3 hour adventure for total beginners looking for an adventure. It is also perfectly suitable for those with some experience who want to see the amazing wildlife around.

The River Tweed is a bit more open and works well for longer trip and can require a vehicle shuttle. It is beautiful at all times of the year but especially in the autumn months when the leaves are turning. The birds on both include the Heron, Kingfisher, Little Egret, Dipper, common Sandpiper, Sand Martins, Oyster catcher and the odd Cormorant as well as many ducks, if you are very lucky a rare sight of an Osprey has been had! 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 adventure session

Trip ideas

Canoe the Tweed – We have been offering half day, full day or multi day trips since 2000. From Peebles to Berwick upon Tweed or lots of sections between. Loads of options with 2 or 3 seaters or solo.

(There is a write up and lots of pics of our Source to Sea River Tweed trip from Dec 2014 on the Gallery page, thanks Matt).

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.

Something more adventurous 

Why not set your own challenge like a source to sea trip of the great River Tweed (See gallery link to exped in 2014) – 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 a well trained chill dog


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!

Testimonial from Aug 2020:

“Ollie has great experience, competence and local knowledge and hence the adventures are fun, safe and well targeted.

What can we say, Ollie is the real deal!

Maria & David”

“Hi Oli, many thanks for our little trip up the river a couple of days ago, we really enjoyed it, especially the boys as it was their first time in a canoe.”