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Orchy trip details

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A good training trip.
Region: Scotland
Discipline: Whitewater
Difficulty: Easy
Grade: 2
Length: 5 km
Average Time: 1 hrs
Start: To find the put in drive upstream on the minor road for a couple of kilometers until you come to trees on both sides of the road. You can drag your boats down to Loch Tulla from here. Alternatively stop short of the trees, get changed in the wind and drag your boats a bit further to the river.
Finish: The get out is at the the Bridge of Orchy

From the Loch the river starts fairly well as it continues. The glen is very open here with good views, and potential for extreme wind and weather hazard! I don't know how to describe grade 2 water, except that there are plenty of eddies and shoots to train on, plus some good standing waves (level dependant). The rapids are a bit steeper toward the end with the best waves being within sight of the bridge.


Accommodation: The Bridge of Orchy Hotel is in the village. However if you want something a bit more paddler friendly. There's many YHA's dotted around Scotland. The nearest are Glen Coe and Crianlarich.

Food and Drinks: The Bridge of Orchy Hotel also has a pub.

Canoe Shops: Nevis Canoe is your nearest paddling shop.

Guidebooks: Scottish Whitewater published by Pesda Press is well worth having.

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Kayaking and canoeing are assumed risk sports and you should take every effort to become aware of any dangers involved. These guides are not intended as instruction manuals they are just as the name suggests... guides. They can give you access and egress information and give you a flavour of the water you'll encounter, but water is an ever-changing environment. Rivers change with varying water levels, trees get stuck, and banks can collapse. Never assume a river is safe just because you read it in a guide. You must use your own judgement and experiences to make the decision whether to paddle, or not. And as rivers change so to at sea can the weather conditions and tides change. All information has been checked to the best of our ability, is given in good faith, and we hope will be helpful, but all information should be checked locally and you and you alone are responsible for your decisions to undertake any of the paddling trips contained within it. The authors and publisher can accept no responsibility for any inconvenience, injury or loss sustained by any persons as a result of information given in this guide.

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