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Paddle Scotland Tours

The SCA Paddle Scotland Tours Committee has put together a calendar of tours, which is a series of day/evening trips. The tours are designed to offer safe and enjoyable trips that bring together like-minded paddlers. 

Tour leaders have volunteered to give up their time for a day (or sometimes a whole weekend!) to lead a tour in their local waters or in an area they have lots of experience and knowledge in. Most volunteers are there to lead the trip but some are available to coach a little if there are any particular skills you’d like to brush up on. Volunteer leaders have all been reviewed by the SCA Paddle Scotland committee and deemed suitably qualified and within their 'realm of experience'. If you are interested in volunteering as a tour leader for a future tour but haven’t yet confirmed your interest, please contact the SCA office.

Tour Calendar

The tour calendar for 2018 is now live please see the list of Tours here. If you'd like to lead a tour, please contact

Grades explained

Grade A Participants should be capable of paddling 20km (12miles) per day in force 2/3 conditions or on grade 1 -2 rivers.  
Grade B More challenging waters and may include tidal streams, exposed headlands, open crossings on lochs or between islands, or on grade 2(3) rivers.  Participants should be capable of paddling 25km (16miles) per day in up to force 4 conditions.
Grade C Extended Grade B trips over a longer period for inland/sea touring *AND* rivers graded up to 4(5). Participants should be capable of paddling in more difficult conditions than grade B for a longer time.

If you have any questions at all, or queries about your level and the grade of the tour, then please call the SCA office or email

How do I join a tour?

Booking and payment can be made via the SCA Portal. Places for each tour are limited so please book in advance if you want to come along. Please do not turn up for a trip without having previously booked!

Who can join?

Tours are open to ALL paddlers over the age of 18. Participation is on the basis that each paddler is responsible for their own safety and should be competent to paddle in line with the tour grading. All prospective Tour participants should read the Overview and Guidelines for Participation (links below). 

How much does it cost?

£5 per day for SCA/ other Home Nation members, non-members will pay the £5 Event Membership fee in addition. The minimal income received from tours will be in control of the committee and be used to provide leadership or first aid training for tour leaders, where appropriate. 

Want to Lead a Tour?

We are always looking for volunteers to lead a trip. If you would like to propose a trip to the Paddle Scotland Touring Committee please fill in the form below. To help the process please fill in the form with as much detail as possible.