We love the canyons we work and play in, that's why we want to protect them. We are committed to minimising any negative impacts of outdoor activities and promote sustainable activity tourism.
Ensuring that future generations can experience the same adventures we can today requires careful planning. During everyday operations, it can be easy to lose track of our long-term goals. But we’re confident that the target that we’ve set for ourselves is realistic, achievable, and efficient.
We’re constantly monitoring and re-thinking how we can adapt to changes, both environmentally and culturally, to ensure the balance between limits and usage.
As well as respecting the environment we must respect our customers, we aim to maintain a high standard and provide customers with quality service and authentic experiences that celebrate and conserve Scottish nature, heritage, and culture. We also respect and support our locals by creating economic benefits for their businesses.
We work closely with relevant Scottish associations, participating in research and undertaking voluntary work with local communities and landowners in the areas where tours are operated.
We are proud to be one of the founding partners of Perthshire Adventure, our mission is to promote Perthshire as an outstanding adventure tourism destination. All members of Perthshire Adventure are committed to the conservation of the natural world we work in. Perthshire Adventure’s aim is to be responsible in our practice and uphold the highest standard of environmental care possible at all times.
This includes –
- Cutting down on carbon emission through car sharing and limiting journeys.
- Recycling all waste.
- Choosing venues to take into account erosion, other users and wildlife.
- Cleaning up the environment we work in through litter picks where possible.
- Educating our customers how to treat the environment when on activity.
We are also a member of Wild Scotland who are a body representing adventure and nature tourism operators in Scotland. We endeavour to uphold their values, aims and principles of sustainability.
Wild Scotland Aims:
- To inspire visitors about Scotland’s natural environment and to connect them with a trusted network of tourism businesses which uphold the highest standards.
- To provide our members with support so that they can create and deliver world-class nature-based experiences.
- To have Scotland recognised as one of Europe’s premier nature tourism destinations.
The Canyoning Company follow Wild Scotland’s principles, working towards sustainability:
- Minimising any negative impacts on local nature and culture.
- Promoting knowledge and respect for nature and communities and supporting local economies.
- Investing in enhancing Scotland’s natural heritage and improving environmental performance.
We operate all over Scotland in various areas owned and managed by different landowners and organisations such as the National Trust for Scotland and Atholl Estate. We liaise with these organisations (or via a representative) and work with them to uphold their rules and regulations.
PRACTICE AND PROMOTE A LEAVE NO TRACE ATTITUDE
“Take nothing but pictures. Leave nothing but footprints. Kill nothing but time.”
This is our shortened principle that we follow and promote. Every member of The Canyoning Company is committed to sharing their love for Scottish nature and promoting environmental awareness in each of our guests.
Our staff are dedicated nature lovers and they’re naturally committed to protecting it. True passion led them to choose Scottish nature as their daily workplace. Our guides are trained to share their outstanding knowledge with our customers in an entertaining way and to encourage them to behave responsibly so that they leave no trace in Scotland’s fragile environment.
PRACTICAL STEPS WE ARE TAKING TO BECOME MORE SUSTAINABLE
Our plan to become more sustainable is future-oriented but also based on real, everyday actions. Here are some of the practical steps we are taking to support our sustainability policy.
- We carry out what we carry in. Our guides remove all waste from the trip areas we operate in and dispose of any waste found in the area, even when that waste isn’t connected to the operation of our tours.
- We remove any rubbish we can carry out of the canyons we descend.
- We recycle all waste in and out of the office, including paper, plastic, cans, bottles, and compostable waste. We encourage our guides to do so when out on trips.
- We’ve eliminated the use of disposable or individually-packaged products where possible.
- We inform clients of our “Leave No Trace” policy and explain how it applies to them.
- We ensure no contaminants enter water sources or systems.
- Our guides carefully inspect campsites and rest areas to ensure they are left in the same condition as they were found, if not better.
TO SUPPORT LOCAL BUSINESSES
- On our multi-day tours, we regularly visit local businesses and small communities where our guests can purchase handmade souvenirs and try authentic local food.
- Any packages where meals are included, we use local businesses that either make their own products or use local produce.
- We do not use products made by companies who fail to recognize environmental guidelines or their workers’ rights.
TO REDUCE PAPER USE
- We no longer mass print leaflets or brochures.
- On our tours, we always accept e-vouchers.
- We use online documents for all contracts and file keeping.
- We recycle all the paper at our offices.
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CANYONING ADVENTURE EXPERIENCES
Canyoning is a perfect mix of different outdoor activities. But although canyoning uses a mixture of skills it has its own specific way to do things. It involves rock climbing skills, as there is often abseiling and rappelling. Swimming is an important part as most canyons have water in them.
Canyoneering is an adventure activity. It combines rock and water activities into a sport full of adrenaline and natural beauty. When you go canyoning you will be trekking through river gorges. You will also explore around rock pools and behind waterfalls. You will find yourself abseiling down waterfalls as well as tackling cliff jumps into stunning water rock pools.
At The Canyoning Company we pride ourselves on achieving and maintaining the highest standard of Canyoning certification as we can.
Providing training and resources to a range of private sector and public sector organisations we also provide help with outdoors training, health and safety as well as knowing how to make your adventure a memory to remember.
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