Rafting

You can find various places to enjoy White water rafting throughout the UK however the most popular and exciting sites are found in North West Wales and Pembrokeshire. On the other hand you can enjoy great rafting in north east England, Scotland and also south west England in Cornwall and Devon. Crossing the Irish Sea you can discover fantastic rafting in many of the Irish counties including Donegal, Dublin, Kerry and Cork.

As well as being the best country to enjoy rafting in the UK, Wales has a lot to offer someone looking for a self-catering country cottage destination. Stunning countryside, beautiful scenery, fantastic foods, restaurants and attractions are all available for the times you're not out on the water. One of the most renown rivers for White water rafting is the Tryweryn River, a dam released river in the north of Wales, this fantastic river provides rafters with a unique white water rafting experience all year round. Steep chutes, boulder rapids and fast flowing waters create a fantastic, fun- filled experience in the heart of the Snowdonia National Park.

Another beautiful location to experience fantastic white water rafting is on the River Dee in Llangollen also in North Wales. A small market town boasting an interesting history, plenty of things to see and great attractions to enjoy, Llangollen is a lovely destination for a self-catering country cottage holiday but with a white water rafting twist. Discover Tombstone Weir, Middle Stopper and Factory falls where the white water is brimming with excitement, exhilaration and fun.

Other places in Wales to enjoy the exhilaration of White water rafting include, Cardiff where you can experience the exciting descending rapids in the heart of Wale's Capital city, or back up north in Bala. Whatever your experience your in for a enjoyable and fun filled, bumpy ride!

Travelling northwards to Scotland you can find some fantastic hot spots for rafting. Try the River Orchy situated in the heart of the Grampian Mountains in Argyle nestled into a tranquil glen, Glen Orchy. Normally a gentle trickle in the summer months, this beautiful river is transformed from September onwards due the weather into a raging torrent of rapids, perfect for a excellent rafting experience. Compared to the River Dee at Llangollen in Wales regularly, the River Orchy is referred to as one of the best white water rafting rivers in the UK.

Another river for you to explore is the River Tay Aberfeldy to Grandtully. Starting in the old market town of Aberfeldy, the river winds lazily down along the Tay valley throughout some stunning and breathtaking scenery full of diverse wildlife and amazing sights which are most appreciated from the river. This experience also includes rapids by the names of 'Zoom Flume' and ' The washing machine' which will keep you on your toes. Towards the end of your journey you will hit the Grandtully Rapids which although an exciting experience and the longest rapid on the river you may find a few surprises for the unexperienced rafter.

Moving on the River Tay from Stanley to Thistlebrig is a four mile rafting trip and is just as good with low levels of water as it is when it is running high. The exciting rapids throughout make this a great experience for new comers or beginners to the sport. Lined with beautiful trees and sandy beaches, as well as slightly warmer water than upstream, this route is a wonderful experience for all. The final hot spot in Scotland is the River Tummel. Just north of Pitlochry , the river Tummel is like any other river in Scotland. Technical rapids such as 'zig-zag' and 'sharks tooth' make up the main part of the trip which is leveled at a 2-3/5 which is only preparing you for the two tier, 18 foot drop into the mystical Loch Faskally. This river is definitely an experience for the more practiced and advanced rafter.

In the north west of England you will discover The Tees in Teeside, home to the newest white water rafting centre in the UK. The Tees international white water centre can provide you with amazing thrills, fantastic obstacles and drops of world class rafting. There is a brilliant new course which offers guaranteed white water with four massive 'Archimedes Screws' to make your experience just a little more exhilarating. A fantastic adrenalin rush with plenty of other activities on offer other than white water rafting, this brand new centre is a great place to spend the day whilst on your country cottage holiday in the north east of England. You can also find some amazing rafting experiences in the south of England in the counties of Cornwall and Devon such as Midwood Farm Adventures Rafting in Cornwall and CRS Adventures on the River Dart in Devon.

Ireland

White water rafting or any other kind of rafting is not a well known or popular sport found in Ireland however there are some great places to enjoy rafting if you are set on a visit to Ireland. During a holiday in Ireland, experienced rafters can pick up an Irish White water guide which states all the rivers in Ireland with white water, so if you're lucky enough to own your own raft you can find a great river near you to enjoy. In county Kerry there is also Cappanalea Outdoor Education Centre which is great for children and enables them to get stuck into building their own raft, it would also be a fantastic activity for companies looking to enjoy a team building get away to Ireland. You can also find white water and raft building in county Sligo at the North West Adventure-Outdoor Education Centre. River tubing is also found in county Cork at the Blackwater Outdoor Activities centre, similar to rafting but done alone, river tubing involves riding a rubber ring down river rapids.

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