3 Days
Canoe on the River Tweed

Next Trip Requirements

30th April to 2nd May 2022    

If the date is unavailable to book then the trip is at full capacity. Contact us if you would like to be added to the waiting list.

We welcome all abilities, however, you need to have some experience of paddling a canoe. Feel free to contact us to discuss further. We can help bring your skills up to speed with our lessons and courses.

Trip Description

The Scottish Borders this canoe trip explores one of Britain’s best canoeing rivers for practicing moving water and trad (traditional) skills such as poling, lining and tracking. The river banks change from winding fields to rocky outcrops and features and ancient Ghilie huts.

Starting at Coldstream this river journey incorporates a mixture of small rapids and drops as well as peaceful paddling through stunning scenery. You will have plenty of opportunities to improve your paddling skills with our qualified and experienced coaches eager to share their knowledge. This is the perfect place to work on 'breaking in', 'breaking out' and ferry gliding as well as board handling such as trim, edge and forward paddling.

One night will be spent wild camping on the riverbank, enjoy our free-range evening meals, and sharing stories around the campfire.

  • Breakfast and evening meal, Campsite for End of Day 1
  • Expert tuition from professional experienced guides
  • Hire of drysuits is available for the week on a first come first served basis
  • Canoes, BA’s, Cags, Trousers, Helmets, Drybags, Paddles, Maps, Tents and safety equipment
What you will need to bring
  • Sleeping Bag & Roll Mat
  • Cutlery, Cup, Bowl, Knife & Fork
  • Personal Kit
  • A Sense of Humour!

Trip Itinerary

Day 1 

Warm Up and Intro on the River Till

The River Till is a charming tributary of the River Tweed, one of Britains best canoeing rivers. Its small drops, features, and eddies offer the perfect warm-up for this paddling trip. We are close to the beautiful Etal Castle and delicious cakes at the Lavender tea rooms. We will be staying at a local campsite overnight.

Day 2

Canoeing the River Tweed starting at Coldstream

Starting at Coldstream on the Scottish Borders we follow the Tweed down towards the bridge, our first place to play and enjoy moving water. Along the canoe trip, we will tackle smaller weirs and drops and a great whirlpool to hone your skills. It is a great way to lock in your whitewater skills and technique supported by our coaching team. We stop further downstream to a wild camp in a small woodland ready for a great night's sleep as ground dwellers (tents) or tree swingers (in Hammocks). Breakfast is a hearty meal cooked on the campfire.

Day 3

Canoeing the River Tweed to Berwick Upon Tweed

We rejoin the moving conveyor belt that is the River Tweed on its journey down to Berwick with more time to develop skills and learn new techniques amongst our band of merry men and women. As the river approaches the famous viaducts of Berwick upon Tweed, the ancient walled town comes into sight signalling the end of the paddling adventure. It will be time to say goodbyes until the next time and head home.


Note: Itinerary subject to change at any time if deemed necessary by Canoe Trail. These trips will require vehicle shuttles from start locations to the end destination. This time will allow customers to practice skills on the water


Ashley Kenlock

Ash has led expeditions in Canada in Ontario and Manitoba and has over 10 years of paddling experience.

She is is a qualified Level 2 coach UKCC and is also a qualified SUP coach. She has also completed her canoe leader training.

Experience includes leading trips on iconic rivers and Lochs including Loch Ness, River Wye, Norfolk Broads, and numerous Scottish Rivers.

Calum Steel

Calum is a White Water Kayak Leader, Canoe Leader, Expedition Leader with 14 Years of Experience in the Outdoors.

He has paddled all over the world, BASI Level 3 Ski & Snowboard. Scottish born and bred, he has led many canoe and kayak expeditions across Scotland.

Richard Harpham

Richard has completed human-powered adventures all over the world including sea kayaking the channel, 1000 miles from Vancouver to Alaska, canoeing the Yukon River as well as many iconic trips and expeditions closer to home.

Richard has over 30 years experience of in paddling and is a UKCC Level 2 coach, 4-star canoe leader, and has completed his 4-star sea kayak training.