Rivers
Canoeing and Kayaking on : River Tweed

The River Tweed is the most famous of the Borders rivers, and the longest. It is a particularly good place for canoeing and kayaking.

Generally, the river is simply a largish flatwater river with moderate flow and a small number of grade I rapids. However, there are a number of characteristic "caulds", which are large weirs. Some of these are troublesome and can be Grade 3.

There are also a few rapids, the most famous, and difficult, of these is the series of drops at Makerstoun which are normally Grade 3.

The Tweed is one of the country's biggest fishing rivers, so please be aware of and respectful to the reasonable needs of any anglers you meet when you are canoeing.

The Tweed is not particularly developed for canoe touring, with few facilities, and campsites being awkwardly placed for the river. Despite this, wild camping is not encouraged, so discretion and an "invisible"/no trace approach are needed if doing so. 3-4 days would be a typical duration for the river below Peebles. Above there water levels often make canoeing a loaded open or kayak difficult.



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1 Chome-11 Kamifukubara, Yonago-shi, Tottori-ken 683-0004, Japan

Easy & pleasant 2-3 hour paddle. Can be a little shallow in places, with gravel banks needing you to get your feet wet and pull your boat across.

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1 Chome-11 Kamifukubara, Yonago-shi, Tottori-ken 683-0004, Japan

Erosion has caused about 6 or so pines to fall into river creating a possible strainer. Main flow goes very close. Trees are lying parallel to river, not across so you can get past.

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Berwick-upon-Tweed, Northumberland, UK

Paddle Point
Berwick-upon-Tweed, Northumberland, UK

With bistro and cafe

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Berwick-upon-Tweed, Northumberland, UK

Access next to BARC boathouse

Paddle Point
1 Chome-11 Kamifukubara, Yonago-shi, Tottori-ken 683-0004, Japan

Track to river side at the gauging station

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1 Chome-11 Kamifukubara, Yonago-shi, Tottori-ken 683-0004, Japan

Head north over bridge and park in layby. Steps down to water

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1 Chome-11 Kamifukubara, Yonago-shi, Tottori-ken 683-0004, Japan

For a smoother ride head river left when in full spate

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Coldstream, Scottish Borders TD12, UK

Fisherman's steps down to water. Allows put-in immediately below weir.
Park in layby on southside of bridge

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Access for an easy couple of hours paddle down to Peebles.

Paddle Point
1 Chome-11 Kamifukubara, Yonago-shi, Tottori-ken 683-0004, Japan

Can usually be shot.

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The section from here to Peebles is grade 1 and runs past Neidpath castle. The get in is a steep set of stairs on the upstream side of the bridge down to a grassy bank by the river. The parking is along the road so try not to leave large vehicles here.

Paddle Point
Peebles, Scottish Borders EH45, UK

There is a shingle beach here to launch from or get out at. If portaging the weir this is the ideal get out.
Bear in mind that the car park is pay and display at certain times.
It is possible to paddle upstream from here when the river is low all the way to the footbridge at the top of the park then back.
The weir below is simple to paddle down the fishladder in the centre. From here the river is grade 1 save for Walkerburn Cauld all the way to the grade 2 Fairnilee rapid at Yair Bridge.

Paddle Point
Peebles, Scottish Borders EH45, UK

This weir is simple to shoot down the fishladder in the centre.

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Peebles, Scottish Borders EH45, UK

From here the river is grade 1 save for Walkerburn Cauld all the way to the grade 2 Fairnilee rapid at Yair Bridge.
The Car Park is pay and display at certain times.

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Peebles, Scottish Borders EH45, UK

From here the river is grade 1 save for Walkerburn Cauld all the way to the grade 2 Fairnilee rapid at Yair Bridge.
The car park here is free and has public toilets beside it.

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From here the river is grade 1 save for Walkerburn Cauld all the way to the grade 2 Fairnilee rapid at Yair Bridge.

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1 Chome-11 Kamifukubara, Yonago-shi, Tottori-ken 683-0004, Japan

From here the river is grade 1 save for Walkerburn Cauld all the way to the grade 2 Fairnilee rapid at Yair Bridge.
There is often a van here selling bacon sandwiches!

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From here the river is grade 1 save for Walkerburn Cauld all the way to the grade 2 Fairnilee rapid at Yair Bridge.
There is a small car park under the trees with a nice path down to the river.

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A dilapidated weir that forms standing waves when the river is high. It is straightforward to shoot.

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From here the river is grade 1 all the way to the grade 2 Fairnilee rapid at Yair Bridge.
Be careful crossing the fence!

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From here the river is grade 1 all the way to the grade 2 Fairnilee rapid at Yair Bridge.
The car park is reached by turning off the main road onto a steep track down to a small area of land by the river. A few cars can fit down here, others will need to be parked on the side of the road. Not recommended on icy days!

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If you plan to portage Fairnilee rapid it is best to get out here and walk through the field to the gate, over the road and down past the rapids.
You can also get in here to paddle the rapid.

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A two part grade 2 rapid with the first part a shoot under the bridge and the second part a drop not long after. Good for old school side surfing and pop outs.

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If you have portaged Fairnilee, get back in here. There is a layby on the road to park vehicles if you are getting out or starting here. This is a STEEP get in and may not be suitable for everyone.

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Melrose, Scottish Borders TD6, UK

Portage left if needed.

Can be shot on the left when enough water.
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Access river right at first road bridge onto minor road.

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There is a shoot centre left, which is OK in medium levels.

Big stopper in high levels.

Best portage is river right.

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Access below bridge and limited parking on river left.

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Best shoot is on the left of centre.

Can be quite a wet ride with big waves.

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Grade II/III depending on conditions

http://www.ukriversguidebook.co.uk/rivers/scotland/southern-uplands/river-tweed-st-boswells-to-kelso

"Mackerstoun rapid (II/III) is about 1 km below a wall jutting into the river on the right. Islands in mid-stream mark the start of the rapid. This is a series of 3 bouncy drops in about 100 m on the right of the river. Below Mackerstoun its flat for about 3 km until Kelso Cauld, which is just after the first houses appear on the left. The weir can be inspected/portaged on the right. At high water it's possible to go over the weir on the extreme right. The main shoots should be treated with caution. The get-out is 200 m below the weir on the right." UK Rivers Guide Book description.

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Grade III in most conditions.

A number of drops are normally taken near the right hand side, the last drop being rather narrow.

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Kelso, Scottish Borders TD5, UK

Inspection recommended as can be difficult.

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Kelso, Scottish Borders TD5, UK

Access to town river left at first road bridge.

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Kelso, Scottish Borders TD5, UK

Normally straightforward.

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1 Chome-11 Kamifukubara, Yonago-shi, Tottori-ken 683-0004, Japan

Comprises 4 drops.

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1 Chome-11 Kamifukubara, Yonago-shi, Tottori-ken 683-0004, Japan

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1 Chome-11 Kamifukubara, Yonago-shi, Tottori-ken 683-0004, Japan

Shoot in the middle

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Coldstream, Scottish Borders TD12, UK

Access from Coldstream via gap in wall at small layby.

Paddle Point
Coldstream, Scottish Borders TD12, UK

River Right

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Tweedmouth, Northumberland, UK

Get out between bridges, river right.

Parking nearby.