Guided Canoe Expedition Scotland, Inverpolly

Wilderness Canoe & mountaineering adventure

Guided canoe expedition in Scotland, Inverpolly

Wilderness Canoe & mountaineering adventure
A well earned cool down after some long days on expedition

Last autumn we launched our first guided canoe expedition through Inverpolly, Scotland. As with all our multi-day expeditions, the aim is to give clients an unforgettable experience and encourage them to fully immerse themselves in the adventure. We aim for you to reconnect with the wilderness and to explore these amazing environments. At the same time learning how to enjoy the simplicity of a journey through some breathtaking scenery.

Inverpolly Nature Reserve

Inverpolly nature reserve is located in far Northwest Scotland, just to the North of Ullapool. It is a spectacular location made up of striking mountains towering out of the landscape divided up by many Lochs and rivers. It is one of the wildest places we have been in the UK, with only a few settlements dotted around the outer edges of the reserve.

There are only a few tracks regularly walked, mainly for the pursuit of mountain climbing and bagging Munros. We think the best way to explore this unique landscape is to travel via the waterways. This trip provides good opportunities for catching the eye of some Golden Eagles, Ravens, Dippers, Red Deer, Stags, Otters and other wildlife native to the Highlands.

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Suilven from the west after summiting the same morning

The journey ahead…

This was a four-day trip meeting the clients in Inverness before travelling to the incredible Inverpolly nature reserve. We spent four days Canoeing and mountain climbing, managing to bag the famous peak of Suilven. We spent all three nights wild camping under the Scottish stars with some incredible weather. It was a fantastic trip with an amazing group, here’s the story of how it went…

Day 1

We started this expedition in Inverness and met up with our group for some breakfast and to discuss the coming trip. After breakfast, we spent some time collecting final supplies and packing all our equipment into dry bags and barrels. We then travelled North to Elphin, a small highland village 2 hours North West of Inverness. This is a spectacular journey through the Northern Highlands, passing through the beautiful town of Ullapool and past the famous Knockan Crag.

Once we arrived in Elphin we loaded up and transported the boats to the shores of Cam Loch, where our journey begins. It is only a short paddle to our first camp so after a short skills session, this gave the group a first chance to get the paddles wet and get used to the canoes.

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A majestic evening looking out to Suilven, on my first trip to Inverpolly.

After a short paddle, we arrive at our island camp, which has great mountain views, one of them being the summit of Suilven. On all our trips we aim to teach you the skills that allow you to feel comfortable in such a wild and isolated environment. After showing our group how to store the canoes, we had an explore of the island. We then taught the group how to set up camp using various wild camp setups such as bivis and hammocks.

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Ed demonstrating how to skin and butcher a deer in preparation for dinner

First nights festivities

We then got stuck into preparing dinner with help from our friends at the Wild Bushcraft Company, Ed Hayhurst. One of there lead instructors came with us up to Inverpolly to be our bushcraft chef expert on the trip. Dinner for the first night was venison steaks burgers, so we showed the guys how to butcher a roe deer from skinning to cooking on our hot plate. Vegetarian options are also available.

Once the main part of the butchery session was finished we had time to go over some fundamental canoe strokes and techniques. The lake was perfectly calm allowing the group great conditions to practice manoeuvring the canoes. With two instructors on hand to offer expert guidance to really help hone in their skills. Soon the sun was setting, the red deer’s rutting calls could be heard on the horizon. It was time to get back around the fire to enjoy dinner and to have a great evening of getting to know one another.

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Dinner on day one, delicious venison steak with current jam and salad leaves

Day 2

It’s always nice to wake up on the first morning of any wild camp with the sun shining. Waking up in a sleeping bag really helps you settle into expedition life. It is a much slower way of life than normal, giving us time to slow down and enjoy all the little things in life, like a warm cup of coffee whilst looking out on the morning Loch.

The morning routine is a fairly relaxed couple of hours where we get the fire going from the night before, start cooking breakfast and get the water boiling. We then have time to break up camp and pack up kit; finally packing the canoes and making sure the camp is left as we found it. It is then time to get stuck into the day’s journey, we always start by talking through the daily plan.

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First morning at camp with Fish enjoying a warm cup of coffee

The second day is a really exciting one of adventuring, it includes journeying from Cam Loch to Loch Veyatie. This involves portaging a 10-meter waterfall making sure we catch the last river eddie. The portage is only a small one but gives a great introduction on a few good techniques of how to carry equipment over this rough terrain. Even though portaging is one of the hardest parts of expeditions, it is also one of the things that makes it a great test and challenge. Before long after multiple trips back and forth, all our equipment is packed back into the canoes on the shores of Loch Veyatie.

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Getting stuck into the first portage on day 2

We stop for a quick drink, snack and get the canoes ready for sailing. With a light easterly wind providing the goods we raft up the canoes, set up an improvised sail and sit back to sail the entirety of Loch Veyatie. Sailing is a great way to travel in canoes whilst conserving energy. We teach you how to raft the canoes, how to prepare the sail and also go over key elements to make it a successful journey. We end up sailing for just under two hours exploring the lake, enjoying the views and eating lunch. We soon get to our first stop, where we stretch our legs and climb a small hill to get a better look at the impressive surroundings of famous summits and lochs.

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Full sail mode down Loch Veyatie

Off to second nights camp

It is then time to jump back in the canoes and head for our second nights camp. The next part of the journey gets interesting where Loch Veyatie narrows to form a shallow river. This can make things pretty exciting when the easterly winds make a big swell on the lake. Once we make it safely into the river things settle down and we break off into single canoes trying to find our way through the shallow waters. Soon it gets too shallow so we have to take the boats for a walk, also known as Lining. This is great technique which allows you to keep the weight in the canoe and navigate big or small rapids safely and quickly. The river soon flows into Loch FFion where we arrive at our second nights camp.

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Taking the canoes for a walk using lining techniques

Once we arrived at camp we slip into the expedition routine of setting up camp, collecting firewood and getting the fire going. Before long we are preparing dinner whilst enjoying the views and good company around the fire. This camp consisted of tarping off of our canoes on rivers banks.

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Ed stirring a creamy sun dried tomato sauce to go with some fire smoked butterflied salmon

Day 3

A windy and early start to the day, the group soon got up once the smell of fresh coffee was wafted around. We had a busy day ahead, the morning’s plan was to climb Suilven from camp. Then the afternoon we had a long but rewarding portage over to Loch Sionascaig where our third night camp spot awaited. After a quick breakfast, we set off up the impressive Suilven.

Suilven is a very striking mountain standing alone amongst a sea of lochs, there are only a handful of ways to hike to the top as it is incredibly steep all the way around. We head up the South facing slope, which starts picking out a track through the boggy heather. Soon leading to the steeper slopes where we made our way to the top of the ridge. Once on the ridge you then gain another spectacular view of this incredible landscape. We then make our way westwards along the ridge soon getting to the summit.

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Conquering to the summit of Suilven

Once we enjoyed the views we made our way back down. It didn’t take long to make our way down the mountain and back to camp where Ed had prepared lunch for us. We spent an hour to enjoy lunch and have a little rest and finish packing the boats ready for the afternoon’s portage.

The afternoon’s portage was a long one, just over three-kilometres across very boggy and rough heather ground. The aim of portage is to choose the easiest route overland to connect the Lochs. This portage consists of two long walking sections broken up with two small Lochens to allow a bit of ease in the middle. To complete it we break it up into lots of legs, shuttling equipment back and forth in various loads, with tea breaks in between. Soon enough we set our sights on Loch Sionascaig, the end of the portage. Our group did an amazing job and we tackled the portage in an incredibly quick time of about 2 hours, where it normally takes 3 to 4 hours. A Lot of gym memberships on this trip.

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The team working hard to tackle the long portage

Once we had a good rest and packed the canoes for the last time that day. We set off on the final leg aiming for our nights camp on the Eilean Mor, a beautiful island in the middle of the Loch.

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The beautiful Eilean Mor, with stormy skies just about to clear

This was our final night in the highlands and it turned into an absolute banger. The skies cleared and the winds dropped as we arrived on the island, giving us a stunning evening sun, along with a peaceful loch. This made it perfect for a quick swim to wash away the days’ efforts. The group arrived to a set up basecamp. Ed and Ant had raced ahead to get the camp ready so the group could enjoy their final evening. We ate a delicious venison stew using the offcuts from our first night, this ensured we used all of the meat of the sustainably hunted doe.

Post dinner, we climbed the small hill of the island to watch the sunset and await the coming star soaked sky. The evening was then spent reflecting on goals accomplished, individually and together.

The group tucking into the delicious venison stew on their final night

Day 4

The fourth day of the expedition was an early start, with a quick breakfast to allow us to pack and have the camp clear ready to leave by 8am. The final leg of the journey is normally a steady paddle to Boat Bay. This day was far from that, overnight the wind had picked up causing some very choppy conditions. This made the final leg of the trip very exciting! We rafted up the canoes, decided on a plan and went for it. With some strong consistent paddling, we soon made it to the shelter of Boat Bay, where we completed our final small portage. We arrived back at the vehicles and after some high fives and hugs our journey was at an end. We enjoyed a slap-up meal at a cosy pub in Inverness and back to the busy world. We would like to congratulate our clients on this trip for their true grit and positive attitudes from start to finish.

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How to book your next adventure

We make our expeditions specific to every groups needs and expectations. Tailor building them so we can achieve goals set by the clients. You can book as a private group or look for trips already running and meet some new people along the way. These trips typically run in spring and autumn to avoid those pesky famous scottish midges.

Email us: hello@beardedmenadventures.com

If you would like more insight into these trips go to our youtube channel and watch the Adventurer also, check out our product page.

Guided Mountain expeditions in Scotland, Torridon

Scottish guided mountaineering adventure

Guided Mountain expeditions in Scotland, Torridon

Guided Mountaineer expeditions Scotland
The impressive 3 pinnacles of Beinn Alligin

Last autumn we took our first group on the first guided mountain expeditions in Scotland. As with all our multi-day expeditions, the aim is to give the clients an unforgettable experience. We want to allow you to fully immerse yourself in the adventure. We allow you to reconnect with the wilderness to explore these amazing environments. Learning how to enjoy the simplicity of a journey through some breathtaking scenery.

About Loch Torridon

The expedition will take you across the Torridon Mountain Range. We will look to bag multiple peaks whilst immersed in a truly beautiful wilderness area. Some of the oldest rocks found in the world throw up peaks, Liathach, Beinn Eighe, Beinn Alligin, Beinn Dearg and Baosbheinn.

Each of the Torridon mountains sits very much apart from one another and they are often likened to castles. They have steep terraced sides and broken summit crests, riven into many pinnacles. There are numerous steep gullies and the summit ridges provide excellent scrambling. These mountains provide a really committing venture that you will not forget easily.

Whilst in walking in Torridon you will be surrounded by wildlife in abundance. The trip provides good opportunities to see Golden Eagles, Raven’s, Dippers, Red Deer, Otters and numerous other species. 

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The storm came in quick producing this incredible rainbow.

Our guided mountain expeditions in Scotland comprised of…

This was a five-day trip meeting the clients in Inverness before travelling to the stunning Loch Torridon. We spent five days in the mountains climbing three of the famous ridges Beinn Eighe, Ilathac and Beinn Aligain. We spent some nights wild camping under the Scottish stars and others in a highland pub by the fire. Here’s the story of how it went…

Day 1

We met up with both clients Simon and Arthur, the night before. Where we enjoyed a pint to discuss the week’s plans. The next morning we picked them up and drove west towards Loch Torridon. It takes about two hours to drive to Torridon, with stops. It is one I always look forward to driving through the striking highlands.

We arrived at the car park at the bottom of Beinn Aligien, and take five minutes to stretch the legs. Then it is time to share out the food and fuel, to prepare for the three-day mini-expedition. We give a quick demonstration of what and how we pack our rucksacks, it is important to only take the essentials.

Before the trip, we help everyone prepare properly, by sending a comprehensive kit list. Also if you have any questions we are happy to answer them before the trip. 

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The group walking to the first nights wild camp.

We where soon ready and eager to set off walking into the mountains. Day one is a half days walk into the Torridon valley. We walk for three hours along the valley floor surround by magnificent peaks. Along the way we teach navigation techniques, allowing you to practice your map reading. Soon enough we arrive at a couple of lochans and start exploring for the perfect wild camp. It takes a little while to find a flat area big enough to accommodate four tents.

Eventually, we find a good spot and pop the tents up before making some dinner. There are a good variety of dehydrated meals to choose from and set about boiling water. Soon enough we have all eaten and it time to explore the local area. We make the most of the good weather, as we are expecting a storm to come in midweek. The evening is spent watching out for deer and other wildlife. Moving on to picking lines of weakness on the steep mountainsides. Eventually, settling into some stargazing for the remainder of the night.

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Waiting for the stars to come out

Day 2

We wake to a clear still morning, with birds singing and deer’s piping and bellowing. I get the water boiling for a cuppa to warm up the hands. It is an early start as we have a long day ahead, the aim is to climb Iliathac. At 8 am we leave base camp and head east, back along the valley floor. One we leave the main path we contour around the bottom of Iliathac, slightly gaining height. It is rough going with thick heather underfoot, we slowly gain height traversing around the south-east side. Finally, we find the main track up and continue up to the ridge.

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Tackling the traverse, whilst taking in the views

Once on the ridge, we take in the views have a breather and grab a snack. It is a spectacularly clear day, allowing us to see the striking landscape. Ilathac’s ridge is pretty impressive, it has many peaks connected by knife-edge ridges. It also takes at least 4 to 5 hours to comfortably walk from one end to the other. You are humbled at the base and amazed when on top it is a truly a magnificent place to experience. Each horizon line gives you differ offers another spectacular view. Every now and then you have to stop and take it all in.

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A long way to go

After a long but thoroughly enjoyable walk and scramble, we make it to the end of the ridge. It is now time to find our way back to basecamp, picking our way down the steep sides. We find a steady route down and before long we are back at camp ready to tuck into some dinner. With tired legs and sore feet, we enjoy a cold but refreshing swim in the little stream near camp. Relaxing into a night of stargazing, and listening out for bellowing deer.

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Enjoying a brisk wild swim

Day 3

Another early start as we have another long day ahead of us, today’s mountain is Beinn Aligain. It is a cloudy start to the day, with patches of blue peaking through. We have breakfast and break camp with conversations about the days plan. Today we are dropping our big bags at the car park first. We then head up Beinn Aligain, taking the beating track from the south peak ending at the Pinnacles. 

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Beinn Aligain from Ilathac

Beinn Aligain is another magnificent mountain, and provides another great day out. It is slightly less intimidating than Ilathac, but still has some exposed ridges to get the juices flowing. A steady walk up to the first peak, with the cloud settling and visibility low we practice navigation techniques. The tricky section make us take time to find the right route, but we find the next ridge and make away along. The cloud soon lifts and leaves us with more amazing views, this landscape is so rugged and vast you can easily get lost in views.

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Halfway along the ridge, we come an amazing gully.

We make our way up to the second pitch, passing a striking gully which looks like the to mountains have been pulled apart.  Its time to break for lunch on top of the second peak enjoying some cheese and chorizo thins. After lunch its time to tackle the impressive three pinnacles, these steep and narrow peaks are are truly unique. Once we have completed the pinnacles we make our way back down the Torridon along the fast-flowing river to car park. It is the end of the three day mini-expedition and we have earnt a shower and good meal.

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The three pinnacles

On to the local Torridon youth hostel nestled at the bottom of Ilathac, one of the best YHA’s I have stayed. The night is spent at the Torridon Inn a 5 minute drive from hostel. We sit by the fire feast on a delicious meal enjoying the local ales and whisky, the perfect end to a few day wild camping.

Day 4

On the fourth day we wake in our comfy hostel beds, and enjoy a cooked breakfast. It is a slower start to the day, with the storm finally arriving in the night. We decided in the pub to listen to forecast and give Beinn Eighe a miss and go canoeing on the Loch instead. Luckily we had our fleet canoes with us from finishing the Whisky explorer the week before. So we jump in the van and headed to the nearby coastal town of Shieldaig.

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Arthur and Simon looking out for Golden eagles nesting on the nearby island

We spend about 3 hours exploring this incredible bay, full of wildlife and fishing boats. The storm brings in some nice winds and manage to get the sail up. This gives Arthur and Simon a taste for canoeing, so we spend the rest of the afternoon canoe coaching. Teaching them paddle strokes and trim and all things solo canoeing. 

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Canoe sailing to the rainbow

As the rain gets heavier we call it a day pack away the canoes and equipment and head down the coast. Our destination is the beautiful  coastal town of Applecross. The journey is an adventure in itself, driving over the famous Bealach na Bà pass. It is a winding single track road through the mountains of the Applecross peninsula.  It has the steepest ascent of any road climb in the UK, rising from sea level at Applecross to 626 metres (2,054 ft), and is the third-highest road in Scotland. Once over the pass, we head down to the stunning town of Applecross. To enjoy a meal at the Applecross Inn, my favourite restaurant in the UK. Our evening is then spent back at the Torridon youth hostel playing games into the night. 

The next day is a relaxed affair travelling back to Inverness. We aim to get people back by 3 pm at the latest. This allows you to get connecting flights or trains home. Alternatively, you can spend one more night enjoying Inverness.

How to book onto The Mountaineer?

If you would like more information about our Torridon trip, please go to The mountaineer page. You can also get more insights into how we run our expeditions from our youtube channel.

A Scottish wilderness canoe adventure, Loch Awe 2019

Scottish wilderness canoe adventure

A Scottish wilderness canoe adventure, Loch Awe 2019

Scottish wilderness canoe adventure
Jason getting his pose on in the princess seat.

At the end of September, we took our first group on The Whisky Explorer trip to Oban for a four-day Scottish wilderness canoe adventure exploring the beautiful shores of Loch Awe. Altogether there were 4 clients, 1 photographer and 2 fuzzy faced canoe guides leading the way. Here is the story of how it all went.

Day 1 

Glasgow to Oban

We started the trip in Glasgow picking the lads up at their accommodation in the city centre. They had all travelled up the day before and stayed overnight ready for an early pickup. Once picked up we head out of the city north-west towards the coastal town of Oban. This took us about 2 hours driving through the scenic highlands giving us a taste of the adventure to come.

We arrived at the busy coastal town of Oban at 11 am and picked up some lunch before going to the Oban distillery ready for our tour at 12pm. The tour was expertly lead by our guide, who educated us on all aspects of making their famous whiskey. It really was an interesting tour, ending in the tasting room. Here we sampled three different bottles, with the Oban 14-year-old being my favourite. They even gave the drivers a tasting travel drams for later in the evening. After the tour, we passed through the shop buying a couple of bottles for the trip. It was then time to get back on the road. Our Scottish wilderness, canoe adventure was about to begin.

Starting our Scottish wilderness canoe adventure

We start at the north-west corner of Loch Awe and park at a road lay-by. Here we make our final preparations before loading and launching the canoes to start our expedition. To start with we go over canoe tandem essentials to get everyone paddling in the same direction. Then with the light winds blowing in the direction of our journey, we paddle off into the expansive waters of Loch Awe. It is only a short paddle to our first nights’ wild camp on one of the beautiful black Island’s in the middle of the loch.

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First nights campsite on one of the northern black islands of Loch Awe

We circle to look for the best camp spot. Once happy we land the canoes and start the evening routine of setting up camp. There are a few things to do before everyone can settle around the fire. The camp set-up involves: collecting wood; setting up your bivy; identifying a toilet location; starting a fire and setting up the group shelter.

These are all simple tasks once you know what to do, which we guide guests through every step of the way. Once camp is set up we got stuck into making dinner, on this trip it was chicken & sweet potato curry.

It’s always a nice group activity to help relax around the fire. Once dinner is cooking, we have some time to explore the small island and have a play in the canoes. The rest of the evening is spent around the fire getting to know each other and discussing tomorrows route, whilst enjoying the stars on a wonderfully clear night.

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The evening view from camp one on Loch Awe.

Day 2

Morning routine on the Loch

We wake to birds singing and a crisp still lake.

I always start my day with a little walk to wake up before uncovering the embers from the night before to get the fire going again. Food and drink are such an important aspect to any expedition, breakfast being the most important meal of the day! I get the water boiling and find my wooden spoon to get stirring the porridge. Soon everyone is up filling their cup and tucking into the delicious banana and honey porridge.

We then go about packing up camp which involves; packing up our bivvy; cleaning and packing the food equipment away; loading the canoes; doing a litter sweep; and finally making sure the fire is properly put out.

It was time then to launch the boats for our first full day on the water.

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A Long days paddle on Loch Awe

It was a still day again with light winds which makes for a very glassy lake. The weather always the aspect that dictates how the day’s paddle will go.

This day was very much about perfecting our tandem forward paddle technique and our J- stroke. We spent the day exploring the lakes and bays of Loch awe.

It was a peaceful day chatting away to our canoe partner, spotting interesting things on the horizon; washing our socks and underwear and generally taking in this spectacular environment. Every now and then stopping to explore or having some lunch.

Just after lunch we felt a breeze and thought we would give sailing a go. Unfortunately, once we had put up the sail it wasn’t to be, the wind had completely dropped. So we derigged and carried on paddling south towards our second nights camp.

Anthills on second nights wild camp.

True wilderness

We arrived late afternoon at our second nights camp, on the west shore close to the little island of Innis Errich, we found an absolute beauty.

Everyone got straight into the launching routine, and soon enough camp was set up. Whilst looking for a suitable bivvy camp, we came across an impressively big ant colony. With further inspection, we discovered interconnecting ant tracks throughout the forest. 

As it was such a long day paddling, some of the group wanted a wash so went for a quick swim, followed by drying off by the fire.

Dinner time soon arrived and as normal, the group got stuck in to helping out, soon enough we had the beef stew bubbling away over the fire. 

One of the lads going for a swim.

Whilst we waited for the stew to thicken it was time for the famous Mike Robbinson whiskey tasting quiz. This involved us getting into pairs, we had a selection of 5 different whiskeys to sample.

Mike would read a tasting description note and we would have to match our whiskey too. It went down a storm with lots of wrong answers but plenty of laughs. Soon enough the Stew was ready to chow down on and we continued sipping whiskey into the night.

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Sipping whiskey by the fire.

Day 3

It was a still and cloudy start to the day with a light breeze. I always love waking up in my hammock and peaking out to predict what the day will hold. On this morning I sensed a bit of wind in the air, which always gets me looking forward to the day.

This camp spot felt nice and wild, no noise pollution just the sounds of the forest and birds singing with the trees swaying in the wind, definately worth the journey.

A glassy Loch Awe, with the porridge cooking away.

It was a slow morning as we didn’t have a huge distance to paddle. Along with the possibility of some wind, we decided to have a relaxed morning. So after breakfast, we spent a couple of hours coaching the group on their canoe paddle skills which went down a treat.

Let’s go sailing

The wind picked up and we got on our way heading south again to our final camp. It was nice few hours spent paddling, sailing, navigating and exploring a few more tiny islands before arriving at the final camp. Once we launch the group jumped right to the normal routine to get the group camp ready for the evening. It is great to become part of a team whilst out on an expedition. It happens so naturally everybody getting stuck into the various task with smiles and a look of content.

The final evening was spent eating sausages, sipping whiskey and laughing into the night. We reminisced on the past few days, a great end to another wonderful Scottish canoe trip.

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Mike looking very content next to the fire.

Day 4

The final day of this Scottish wilderness canoe adventure is always a bittersweet affair, but there is always another trip on the horizon to look forward too.

On the last day, we start early to have time for breakfast, break camp and get the vehicles packed ready to depart for Glasgow. This leaves time to get everyone back to Glasgow for 1 pm, so they can carry on with the journeys. We say our goodbyes leaving with great memories. 

Reflections

Another great trip with a really top bunch of lads. It was a pleasure spending 4 days in the highlands. The weather was very calm for us which made for a relaxed and comfortable trip, with my personal highlights being;

  • The discovery of a new wild camp on the second night, and exploring the ant Colony – definitely a first.
  • The amazing whiskey tasting quiz that Mike put together for us and the many laughs we had.

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If you would like to find out more about our Scottish wilderness canoe Adventures or the Whiskey Explorer click on the links.

Finally here’s a short video of from the trip The Whiskey Explorer video

Top 5 stag dos: Bearded Men Adventures In North Wales

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Amazing North wales stags: Five things that make Bearded Men Adventures stag dos great

Here at Bearded Men Adventures, it is our passion to make Amazing North wales stags. We want you leaving with memories and stories that you will share for a long time. Below I have put together five things that make us really stand out from the crowd.

Our welcome and hospitality

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The first night of the stag, with the group settling in with our own BMA quiz…good times had by all.

We can’t wait for you to arrive and really look forward to welcoming you with a drink and a smile. When you arrive we always have cold beers on hand. Jason or I will be there to greet you in person.  The BBQ will be on and prepared so the food is ready for when you want to eat. For the evenings we make sure there is a great selection of games to help kick start your weekend. From the famous Austrian nail game or beer pong – we have got you covered.

Check out our Tripadvisor reviews if you need any more convincing.

It’s all about the planning and we do it all for you

Throughout your amazing North wales stags weekend, our aim is for you to have the best time. We plan the weekend out so that you can relax and party hard. Allowing you to enjoy all the activities and have time to relax and recuperate so you can last the whole weekend.

We pride ourselves on thinking of everything so you don’t have to.

We plan out each weekend focusing on the specific needs for your group. knowing the best places to eat and drink really helps so we will guide you where to go. A taxi will be booked to take you in and pick you up when you are ready. Then in the morning, we will have breakfast ready to get you going for the day. Allowing you to fully relax and enjoy your whole weekend.

Our incredible activities

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Our activities are second to none in North Wales, led by some of the best and experienced instructors you could wish for. What sets us apart is continuity you will have the same instructor leading you through all activities. We are all enthusiastic instructor always looking to give you the best possible time. All you need to do is choose which activity you want from our great selection.

Check out all our Bearded Men Adventures Activities here.

Our Locations and accommodation partners

Accommodation is important and we have a great variety to choose from.

What are the options:

– Wild camping – in the woods; next to lakes and rivers; in the mountains or on the beach watching the sunset. All giving you and your friends time to get back to nature and reconnecting in a truly unique way.

– Boutique camping option – For those who like camping but don’t want to rough it. We have three great private locations in Wales: one by the river; one in the mountains; and one on the coast. We provide bell tents, fire pits, fully catered, with space for you to make as much noise as you please.

– Lodges and holiday cottages – If you want a roof over your head we understand and have great relationships with bunkhouses, hostels, hotels and self-contained holiday lets for all types of budget. These links give you a good example of a few we work with; Horseshoe Pass Holiday LetsCoed-y-Glyn log cabinsLlangollen hostel, and The Wild Pheasant hotel.

Our unique twists on the weekend

Amazing North Wales Stags
A great start to the weekend, just been white water rafting.

We like to make it interesting, we always try and come up with new ideas to make each stag and hen weekend unique and adventurous. All you need to do is choose how you want your weekend to go to.

Our Zero to Hero Stag, a very different weekend where everyone is in it together through the trials and tribulations of wild camping in an unknown location at the beginning ending up in luxury.

Our The High Roller or The Happy Camper which is the most popular of all our Stag weekends. We look after you throughout this action-packed few days fitting in great activities to staying in great accommodation. All ending in a local night out with the famous BMA scavenger Hunt helping to make it an unforgettable night.

Our Scottish The Whisky Explorer, Where we take you on an unforgettable adventure on Scotland’s impressive Loch Awe. You will enjoy a tour of Oban distillery, learn how to canoe and camp under the stars for three nights on this epic adventure.

Or let us design you an amazing North Wales stag adventure weekend unique to you and your group. Jason and I love to turn a crazy idea into an unforgettable experience. Get in touch and help guide it into reality.

Top 5 Stag dos: Ideas for amazing adventurous activities in Wales

luxury stag weekends in Wales

Top 5 Stag dos: Ideas for amazing adventurous activities in Wales

Our top 5 amazing adventurous activities in Wales. Here at Bearded Men Adventures, we love a wet and wild Welsh adventure weekend. So have compiled our Top 5 stag do activities available in North Wales. We think these activities are a great way to make your adventure stag weekend last long in everyone’s memories. They are guaranteed to get everybody’s adrenaline levels elevated. 

Check out our top 5, hand-picked Welsh adventure activities you could choose from for your unique stag weekend.

#5 Stand Up Paddle Boarding

Stand Up Paddle Boarding is an exhilarating adventure sport that is fun for all ages and abilities. This activity is filled with well-instructed skills and challenging games that will leave the whole group in fits of laughter. You can explore the canals and rivers of Llangollen, lakes of Snowdonia or the beautiful beaches on the west coast of Wales and Anglesey. Check out the links to gain more insight into what this great activity has to offer.

Amazing adventurous activities in Wales
Stand Up Paddle Boarding

Our Friends at Stand Up Paddle Boarding UK will set you up with everything you need to have a great adventure on the water. To see what you can be getting yourself into check out their latest video This Is SUP.

#4 River Tubing

River Tubing is a one-of-a-kind activity allowing you to run the exhilarating rapids of the River Dee in North Wales with all your friends with very little competence or skills needed. The Bearded Men instructors will guide you down the river in an engaging, safe way that will leave you wanting more. The half-day river trip combines running rapids, group games, and river surfing. Again check out the links to gain more insight into what this great activity has to offer.

Amazing adventurous activities in Wales
Tubing in Llangollen, Wales

River Tubing with  Bearded Men Adventures is a unique activity check out our video to see what it’s all about River Tubing @beardedmenadventures.

#3 Coasteering 

This is the perfect activity to clear the head after a fun night, you will be all in it together exploring the rugged welsh coast of Angelsey Coasteering. Coasteering provides you with challenging scrambles, spectacular scenery, discovering the sea from an aspect you would have never seen, exploring caves and of course jumping off big jumps. A Welsh stag weekend by the sea…Can you ask for anything more?

Check out the links to gain more insight into what this great activity has to offer.

Amazing adventurous activities in Wales
A great day out coasteering on our first stag weekend of the year.

Coasteering with  Bearded Men Adventures is a unique activity check out our video to see what it’s all about Coastering @beardedmenadventures.

#2  Bodyboating 

Bodyboating is a revolutionary water sport that combines elements of surfing, kayaking, and swimming. The boats are designed to be used by anyone of any skill level. They can be used in the sea on a lake or down a river. Just lie down, paddle with your hands, and hold on through the rapids! Check out the links to gain more insight into what this great activity has to offer.

Amazing adventurous activities in Wales

Our friends at BodyBoating are the only providers of this unique water sport in the UK! They will set you up with everything you need to have a great adventure on the water. To see what you can be getting yourself into check out there latest video Body Boating In North Wales.

#1 Canyoning

Canyoning brings the extreme to your stag weekend, with the biggest jumps, slides, and abseil’s in spectacular locations that will blow your mind. Bearded Men Adventures will guide you through the canyon with enthusiasm and humour. We will take you on an adventure you will never forget. Check out the links to gain more insight into what this great activity has to offer.

Amazing adventurous activities in Wales
Bearded Men Adventure Stag sliding off the big waterfall in the canyon.

Canyoning with  Bearded Men Adventures is a unique activity check out our video to see what it’s all about Canyoning @beardedmenadventures.

We hope this has inspired you to think of one or two activities to include in your adventure stag weekend in Wales.

Our Big Adventure Stag do’s in Wales

Our Big Adventure Stag do’s in Wales

Big Adventure Stag do's in Wales
The group suited up and ready to go rafting!!

3-day big Adventure Stag do’s in Wales

It’s not unusual for us to host big adventure stag do’s in Wales. However, last weekend was our biggest stag yet. With over 30 friends getting together to take part in the 3-day adventure near Llangollen, North Wales.

Arriving on Friday evening, we settled them into our base camp next to the River Dee. This is a great location 5 minutes drive outside Llangollen in Glyndyfrdwy, North wales. We dive right in provided games and activities to help get the party started. Including archery and axe throwing; the Austrian nail game as well as a variety of drinking games for after. With our legendary BBQ to top the evening off, catered for all meat-eaters, vegans and vegetarians. Our tailor-made welcome evenings provide you with the opportunity to catch up and relax into the celebrations.

Accommodation

big Adventure Stag do's in Wales
The first night of the stag, with the group settling in with our own BMA quiz…good times had by all.

We set up an incredible private campsite for you to call home for the weekend. You can sleep in our cosy Bell tents or you can pitch up your own tent, there’s also room for camper vans.

Activities

Big Adventure Stag do's in Wales

Friday – The group arrived at 12:00 pm and had lunch in the beautiful town of Llangollen. We partnered up with our friends at Whitewater Active, to take the group whitewater rafting down the exciting River Dee.

Saturday – We went on a full days adventure Canyoning in Snowdonia an hours drive away. This was a great day of swimming, pool jumping, sliding and abseiling down waterfalls.

Sunday – We headed to the coast for the last activity of the weekend exploring the rugged Welsh coastline. Another great day climbing and traversing; swimming and jumping in the sea at this amazing location in Anglesey.

Adventure stag weekends for large groups

Watch the highlights from the weekend here.

Here at Bearded Men Adventures, we custom build you the most exciting & adventurous Stag or Hen weekend you could hope for. We provide everything from activities, accommodation, food and drink, hosted by our founders Jason and Hugh. We work with you every step of the way to plan, organise and run your unique trip – so you have none of the hassle.

Find out more about our tailor-made stag and hen weekends here.