The Best Canyons in Scotland

Scotland is one of the outdoor and adventure capitals of the world, and canyoning is one of the fastest growing adventurous activities. This is the best canyons in Scotland, in our opinion – canyoning is what we do!

Canyoning is one of Scotland’s fastest growing adventurous activities and this is our list of the Best canyons in Scotland’s! Here is the Intrepidus Outdoors top 10 canyons in Scotland.

♯10 – Inchree Falls

Inchree Falls is located in Corran, a little south of Fort William on the West-Coast of Scotland. Inchree is one of the most popular canyons in Scotland and with jumps up to 10 meters, abseils and a cable zip-line; its popularity is for good reason that this why it is number 10 on our list of the best canyons in Scotland.

♯9 – The Mighty Nathrach Canyon

The Nathrach canyon is located in Kinlochleven and is one of the longest canyons in Scotland. Descending the Nathrach is quite the adventure with technical scrambles, great jumps and impressive abseils combined with some of the most beautiful geological features of any Scottish canyon. We highly recommend!

♯8 – Laggan Canyon

On the north shore of Loch Laggan, this canyon is a short walk-in with a playful descent. Warming up with some low angle toboggans and a couple of jumps thrown in for good measure.  With only one abseil the Laggan canyon isn’t too technical which makes it great for beginners.

Sliding into the Dollar Canyon Edinburgh | Scotland

Sliding into one of Scotland’s best Canyons

♯7 – Acharn Canyon

On the bank of Loch Tay, Acharn is an impressive canyoning adventure that is a must for every avid canyoner touring Scotland.  The adventure begins as soon as you step into this canyon. While it is a short canyon every jump, slide and abseil is certainly sweet! The key feature of this canyon is one of the best natural waterslides in Scotland and an awesome 25-meter abseil to finish. An absolute canyoning must!

♯6 – Alva Canyon

Only 55 minutes from Edinburgh, the Alva canyon is a real adventure. Alva is a technical canyon with 6 great abseils that take you down waterfalls and through some truly incredible rock formations. This canyoning adventure is perfect for a day trip from Edinburgh and suited to enthusiasts with previous experience canyoning. The Alva canyon will not disappoint and its place in the top 10 canyons in Scotland is well deserved.

Abseiling the final waterfall of the awesome Alva Cayon

Abseiling the final waterfall of the awesome Alva Cayon

♯5 – Falls of Bruar

When we talk about the Falls of Bruar, we aren’t talking about getting in at the halfway point and floating and splashing your way down in your buoyancy aid, we mean descending the full big bad Falls of Bruar, from top to bottom.

Located on the Blair Athol Estate, the Falls of Bruar is an absolute beast of a canyon and undoubtedly one of the best in Scotland.  This great Scottish canyon has jumps, abseils and slides galore. This adventurous experience is worth travelling from Edinburgh to experience, as it is beautiful and adrenaline fuelled in equal measure!

♯4 – The Grey Mare’s Tail

Now we are getting serious! The Grey mare’s tail is an absolute babe of a canyon. This bad boy is in Kinlochleven on the West Coast of Scotland and every step is awesome.  The first slide that drops us into this Scottish canyon is awesome and the adventure just keeps going to finish with a 70-meter abseil. If you have a head for heights, love the outdoors and are looking for a real adventure, this canyon is for you!

♯3 – Dollar Falls

Now… Dollar isn’t the biggest, it isn’t the baddest, but in terms of a canyon that has everything that you could want… The Dollar canyon is one awesome experience. Dollar is only 45 minutes from Edinburgh, which makes it perfect for canyoning day trips from the city. This canyon is perfect for people with a sense of adventure that are new to canyoning, or experienced canyoner’s alike. If you are travelling to Edinburgh and fancy an outdoor activity outside this city, we thoroughly recommend a canyoning adventure down Dollar Falls.

Sliding into the Dollar Canyon Edinburgh | Scotland

An Awesome zip-line in the Dollar Canyon

♯2 – The Pharaoh Canyon

Moving on to the big boys… the Pharaoh Canyon is an absolute monster. This canyon is in the hills above Ardessie next to Little Loch Broom on the North West coast of Scotland. Pharaoh is a multi-pitch canyon that is as impressive as it is long. It is mainly made up of large technical abseils and the style of this canyon could be mistaken for one in Africa. The Pharaoh Canyon is real adventure that requires experience and skill to navigate safely.

♯1 – The Almighty Dundonnell

The Dundonnell canyon is without a doubt Scotland’s greatest canyon! Lets put this canyon in perspective, Dundonell starts with a 10 meter jump and this beauty doesn’t ease off until you are home and dry. Adventure down the Dundonell canyon will take you though some of the most impressive features and technical hydrology of any Scottish canyoning. This canyon for only experienced canyoneers.

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Intrepidus Outdoors

Intrepidus Outdoors specialises in Outdoor Activites Edinburgh. We are a adventure tourism and outdoor education provider based in Edinburgh. We specialise in canyoning, coasteering, mountain biking and hill walking, and deliver these adventurous experiences across Scotland and the North of England. The experiences that we provide take clients into some of the most exquisite, incredible and extreme environments the UK has to offer.

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To deliver the highest quality adventurous experiences to entertain, thrill and inspire.

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Our values reflect those of a business started by a small group of rock climbers and mountain bikers. The experiences that we have had adventuring, and our passion for the outdoors, has led us to choose a lifestyle dedicated to sharing our love for the outdoors with others. The approach that we take to the experiences that we provide, and the business that we run, is that of sustainability, and an unapologetic quest for quality.

For us at Intrepidus Outdoors, we recognise that our experiences kayaking in clean rivers, surfing on unpolluted beaches and climbing frozen waterfalls have contributed to who we are as people. Therefore, protecting the planet so that the next generation of adventurers can have their own experiences, is hugely important for us. We believe that for people, communities and businesses to make the choice to minimise their impact on our planet, they must first value the planet that we have. We feel that the best way for people to value our blue planet, is to have first hand quality experiences in nature. They can then see the beauty of a forest, feel the power of an ocean and learn to love what is outside our towns and cities, so that they then fight to protect them. We strive to through the products that we deliver make a small difference to peoples understanding of the impact that they have on our world.

Our experiences adventuring have made us who we are and Intrepidus Outdoors is a reflection of us. We provide real adventurous experience that we hope you will cherish.

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There are cities where stuff is happening all year round and where you will never get bored. Edinburgh is undoubtedly one of these cities. It’s an extraordinary place, full of history, festivals, impressive architecture and plenty of attractions you won’t find anywhere else. Not to mention that we are located on the door step of so many amazing adventures and outdoor experiences.

We would like to introduce you to this extraordinary city, giving you a full range of possibilities that can be found north of the wall! Edinburgh has a huge dose of beautiful history, world-famous festivals, fantastic attractions, adrenaline fuled expereinces and great food. Edinburgh is calling you and you simply cannot refuse its invitation.

There are a many outdoor and adventurous experiences to be had in Edinburgh. If you are a thrill seeker visiting Edinburgh and interested in a canyoning, coasteering or mountain biking adventure in Scotland, Get In Touch!

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It’s no secret that Scotland is one of the most beautiful countries in the world. From the rural coastlines to vast mountain ranges, we have it all.

Whatever kind of experience you’re after you’re sure to find it here, so we’ve put together an adventurer’s guide to Scotland to help get you started. Our guide breaks down all the outdoor activities Edinburgh has to offer and many more adventures to keep you entertained on your holdiay.

To read more check out our adventures guide to Scotland [here]

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