For anyone wanting a break-with-a difference
or sometime and space away from the hustle and bustle of life,
I can strongly recommend the Spey Descent. For our group it was
a celebration of a "coming of age" or at least the landmark
of 3 of us hitting the big 40 whilst still "boys" at
Every aspect of tour trip was blessed by
Dave and Jude's hospitality and wonderful attention to detail.
From the moment we arrived to the moment we finally parted ways
like we had been friends forever.
Food and accommodation on the first night
was luxurious, setting us up well for the 4 days ahead. Yet the
good food followed us (albeit in barrels), as Dave's culinary skills
were superb, graced with added touches of red wine, a wee dram
and even a start appearance of anchovies on the lunchtime menu.
We were blessed with four days of fantastic
weather, blue skies, sunshine and warm breezes. The scenery was
breath-taking, the pace leisurely and the company engaging. It
was good to be in such capable hands - Dave provided excellent
coaching with paddle techniques and instruction how to read the
water ahead. This excellent tuition kept "Mr Auley" at
bay and everyone motivated. Beyond canoe tuition it was great to
be traveling with someone so knowledgeable on The Spey and with
a genuine interest and concern for other river users, whether on
or beside the water.
Our adventure was peppered with many happy
memories from riding rapids or half filling our canoe; rafting
up and sailing, to collecting fire wood and singing songs ; plentiful
Mars and Caramel bars lazing in the sun to camping beside the water.
The banter and rapport was superb. My lasting memory is probably
of turning the last bend on day 4 and seeing the sea - truly a
So if you want something different, to celebrate
an event or create some lasting memories, try a canoe trip. But
not any canoe trip - "speydescent.com" it