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Sunday, 26th February 2017

Canyoning & Gorge Walking

Gorge Walking (Highland Activities)Canyoning is a very popular activity for stag parties and hen parties or corporate events and team building events and gorge walking is a more popular family activity and great for school or youth groups.

Canyoning In Scotland

Canyoning originated in Europe where adventure enthusiasts found steep low-volume creeks to descend using a variety of skills (jumping, sliding, climbing, swimming, rappelling and ascending). This allowed them to explore places otherwise out of reach to the unskilled. They found beautifully sculpted bedrock slides, deep plunge pools and large waterfalls. 

Canyoning has since developed into a popular adventure activity and can be enjoyed by everyone, providing they are with a skilled guide. Canyoning was brought to Scotland by Vertical Descents in 1997 at Inchree falls and is also provided by Active HighsCanyoning is one of  the easiest non-skilled activities you can do in the Outdoor Capital, and it's a real adventure for everyone. Whether you are an adventure enthusiast or just fancy something a little different you will always have fun in the river. There are a number of different trips for the canyoneer in the Outdoor Capital from easy roadside slides to full day technical trips in remote areas.

Gorge Walking

Gorge walking and canyoning are both very similar sports but it is generally accepted that gorge walking is undertaken without the use of ropes unlike canyoning.

Gorge walking can involve scrambling your way up and down a dry or wet river bed where you may encounter huge boulders to climb over, under or round, cliffs to jump off and waterfalls and rock slabs to slide down or climb up.

A normal session includes getting kitted up from head to toe in thermal neoprene suits, harnesses, helmets and buoyancy aids, listening and understanding the safety talk and then setting off on your adventure. As you descend you will come across natural bedrock water slides, beautiful waterfalls with plunge pools, jumps and abseils.

Gorge walking is a great fun activity that can be enjoyed by most people with a sense of adventure. Discover your gorge walking adventure in the Outdoor Capital.

For a more gentle approach take a waymarked trail walk to Steall Falls and the Nevis Gorge.

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