CANYONING ADVENTURE

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CANYONING ADVENTURE

FOR
BEGINNER | INTERMEDIATE | EXPERT

THE CANYONING COMPANY

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What Is Canyoning?


  • ABSEILING
  • ROCK CLIMBING
  • SWIMMING
  • CLIFF JUMPING
  • RAPPELLING
  • HIKING
  • RIVER RUNNING

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.


When there is water a lot of fun can be had. However, some knowledge of water safety and the ability to swim is vital. Often you can slide down natural chutes. Jump into deep pools. You can also swim your way through beautiful sheer sided gorges. Our passion has developed as an exploration sport with similar techniques to caving and climbing. The beauty is to explore hidden canyons using precise skills and techniques.

bruar canyon

Bruar Canyon – 15mins from Pitlochry

This canyon has everything to offer. Awesome jumps ranging from 2meters to 10meters. Flumes, vertical rock slides and awesome waterfall abseils.

dollar canyon

Dollar Canyon – 45mins from Edinburgh

This is a true Scottish canyon experience in every sense of the word. Zip-lines, jumps, natural water flumes and waterfall abseils. Be sure to leave you inspired!

Where Can I Go Canyoning?


The best canyons are often found in mountainous areas. Where rivers and steep mountains form deep river gorges or canyons. Due to the natural erosion of the water on the rock beautiful rock features can be found.


From this smooth waterfalls are formed to create almost a natural water park. Some canyons can be technical (involving ropes and tricky moves). Many canyons are accessible to all and can just involve jumping and walking. The best locations in the UK are found in Scotland. There are also some canyons in North Wales and the Lake District.


Bruar, Dollar, Alva and the Grey Mares Tail are some of the best canyons in Scotland. Everything from big abseils, ziplines, jumps and stunning scenery are all there to be experienced. We offer daily trips to these locations around Scotland with expert instructors.

acharn canyon

Acharn Canyon – 10mins from Aberfeldy

Acharn Canyon has some fun technical jumps and one awesome natural flume. You will want to do it again and again. Just when you think it’s all over you reach an infinity pool leading into a 30 meter epic abseil.

tummel canyon

Tummel Canyon – 15mins from Pitlochry

Hidden along the shores of Loch Tummel, Perthshire is Tummel Canyon. This is a really fun, true canyoning experience. If you want to spend some time on a rope this canyon is for you!

International Canyoneering

If you are feeling even more adventurous, why not try canyoning abroad. Explore locations such as Madeira, the Pyrenees or the Alps.

Some of the best canyons in the world can be found in Europe, offering a true adventure experience.

To find out more about our international adventure holidays click here.

Canyoning Basics


IS IT DANGEROUS?


Canyoneering is an adventure sport. With any adventure sport it can be taken into the realms of an extreme sport. Like any adventure sport it has its risks. If you are not skilled or knowledgeable about your environment, the risks can become higher. Before you undertake the challenge you should make sure you have the correct equipment and skills.


This can be obtained by going with an accredited provider. Here you will be accompanied by an experienced instructor. You will also be given all the appropriate equipment to stay safe as well as being comfortable. Using an ICOpro center you can be assured your instructor, equipment and canyon is the highest standard.


If you already have some experience or would like to expand your knowledge and skills. Courses are available to give you the knowledge and understanding of this adventure sport. By joining an ICOpro Canyoneer level 1-2-3 (CA123) course you will become autonomous in the canyon environment. You will also be able to practice canyoning all around Scotland and the world with friends.


You will also be able to hire equipment from ICO centers. Then, explore these beautiful places with your own group. Have the confidence and skill to become an explorer and expand your world. To find out more about ICOpro training courses click here.


WATER LEVELS


The flow of water and water level in the canyon can be subject to change. Sometimes this can happen very quickly and can pose a risk to canyoneering. It’s always important to check the weather at least 3 days prior to your trip. Observing and checking the water levels during your descent is also important.


By going with an accredited provider this will be done for you. When the canyon has lots of water in it, it can become more fun. With too much water it can become dangerous. Always seek advice from local guides, instructors and companies before you go.


TEAM ACTIVITY


Canyoneering is almost always a team or group activity. It relies on everyone taking a role in the trip and helping each other out. If it’s your first time you will still find yourself involved. Usually by helping as a team member as well as enjoying the thrill of being part of a team. When you go it’s always best to keep your group size to a smaller number. Generally a group less than 10 people is best.

WHAT WILL I BE WEARING?


Canyoneering in the UK is almost always in water, so an essential item is a wetsuit. Choosing the right wetsuit is important for you to stay warm and comfortable. You can get canyoning specific wetsuits. They are usually two-piece wetsuits and are thicker than most suits at around 5mm. You will wear a canyoning harness. This is used so you can be secured to the ropes to abseil or move across exposed areas.


When you go canyoning you will always wear a helmet. Depending on the canyon you may get a white-water helmet or a mountaineering helmet. It is best practice to wear a mountaineering helmet as canyoning is classed as a mountaineering sport.


IT IS ALL ABOUT THE SHOES


Finally, but most importantly you will need some shoes. Canyoning can be very slippery and involves you walking, climbing and scrambling around. Having good shoes will make or break your experience. At every ICOpro centre you will be issued with canyoning specific shoes. They provide good protection, grips and support on your canyoning experience.


Canyoneering is a very new and exciting adventure sport. It is developing here in the UK and around the world. To find out about trips, courses, team building or international trips click here.


Feel free to contact us at The Canyoning Company because #canyoningiswhatwedo.

WHAT TO EXPECT WHEN YOU GO CANYONING

WHEN YOU LOVE YOUR WETSUIT

One of the first things that will happen on your canyoning adventure is getting your canyoning gear. Next will be a few safety lessons and some information about your harness. Then it’s into the wetsuit and off to the canyon.

The walk to the start of a canyon can be anywhere between 10-30 minutes long. Possibly even longer depending on how accessible the source or wherever you’re start is. The trek out will be upwards. If you’re going to reach a canyon you’ll be able to jump and slide down for an hour or more you need to go high. You’re going to be warm in your wetsuit. Really warm!

You will start cursing your wetsuit while you start producing more waves of sweat. But just you wait!

Once you get into the canyon and into the water the wetsuit will become your new best friend. You might be a little warm on the way up, but it’s all worth it. And fear not, you should be the perfect temperature for the remainder of your descent down the canyon.

When you go canyoning you will always wear a helmet. Depending on the canyon you may get a white-water helmet or a mountaineering helmet. It is best practice to wear a mountaineering helmet as canyoning is classed as a mountaineering sport.

YOU CAN DO MORE THAN YOU EVER IMAGINED

Maybe you have a fear of heights. Perhaps you’ve never been in a canyon before or you’re a bit unsure of yourself. Well, there’s every chance that by the end of the day, you’ll be jumping several metres into deep pools of water with a huge smile on your face. Willingly and happily.

Our guides are incredibly experienced but they also have gentle side. We like to laugh and we love to smile so we make sure you are re-assured all the way. They help you find your comfort level as well as helping you through the whole day. Taking you step by step through all the essential moments you will find your inner confidence through their help. They’ll not only tell you where to jump or where to abseil but show you how and explain why all your movements are safe.

Throughout the course of the day you’ll be faced with scrambles, slippy rocks, abseils, and jump into pools of water surrounded by scenery untouched by human hands. The more you do it, the more you’ll grow in confidence. And the more you’ll love doing it.

Canyoning is a great way to push your limits and go even just that little bit further than you thought you were capable of. Then you can go even bigger next time around!

THERE IS ALWAYS ANOTHER WAY

Canyoning has evolved over the last decade. It is a fully fledged exploration sport in its own right. This also means that it has grown. The training and guides have got better. The equipment and routing has gotten better. It really is open to everyone now.

You can go as full-on or as tame as you want in a lot of our canyons. If you choose beginner, you won’t have to do huge jumps, and on some intermediate canyoning experiences an alternative to any particularly big jumps will be provided through an abseil or through an alternative route you can climb down.

Whatever path you choose or however you feel we will always make sure you are safe, in a controlled environment and have the support to make the decisions you want to.

THE ANCIENT WATERSLIDE

One of the best parts of canyoning is getting up close and personal with natural wonders you can normally only appreciate from afar. The likes of waterfalls, which you get to abseil down or dreamily coloured pools of water which you get to jump into.

One of our favourite parts though are the natural water slides that you’ll find in canyons. Slippery rocks that our guides know like the back of their hand and naturally-formed chutes that they lead into which drop you off in a pool of water. These sound almost too good to be true but they’re commonplace in canyoning.

“Just get on your bum and slide on down,” is one of the greatest commands you will hear from a canyoning instructor.

ROPE IS YOUR FRIEND

If you’re canyoning for the first time, there is a good chance it’ll also be your first experience of abseiling or repelling as well. If so, it is time to get excited. There is no time you will be closer to fulfilling your childhood ambition of eventually becoming James Bond or Lara Croft. Abseiling is something that can look very ominous. You’re going from one very high place to one significantly lower place, through the air, attached to only a rope – but not only is it incredibly safe (assuming you’re with a trained professional and have all the gear), it’s incredibly fun too.

The best guides will teach you all about abseiling as you do it and as you travel through the canyon as well, so not only will you get your first abseiling experience, there’s a good chance you’ll leave with some reusable rope skills as well. The more you come back, the more you can built those up. We also have a full abseiling guide for beginners, which is well worth a read if you’re curious before you go.

FUN. LIFETIME. MEMORIES.

At the end of the day, canyoning exists for one reason and one reason only; it’s insanely fun. It’s a great adventure sport. A fantastic way to get out into the countryside and explore the rivers and gorges. To get waist-deep in the water of new countries on your travels and to see waterfalls and slides, the likes of which you never even knew existed.

It’s also a little like the adult equivalent of spending an hour in one of those badass children’s play parks you used to go to on your seventh birthday. Canyoning is an assault course – a challenge through a natural water system that will test your adrenaline, but also that will have you clambering over and under rocks, leaping from one place to another and grinning like an idiot while you do it.

We don’t know what your thoughts will be when you go into the canyon, but when you come out, we can predict one thing – you’ll be promising yourself you’re going to do it again.

WHAT DO OUR GUESTS THINK OF OUR ADVENTURES


We strive to provide the most amazing experience when you go canyoneering with us! We think our adventures are brilliant but what do our guests think?

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