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Canyoning - Scotland






Get away this summer and bring everyone along for a fun-filled day packed full of outdoor activities. Make memories with the ones you love during a Vertical Descents activity day! Gorge walking and canyoning in the Scottish countryside is fantastic fun and is enhanced by the stunning natural landscape that will surround your experience.

Canyoning is great for total beginners as well as extreme adrenaline junkies and our range of canyoning options will have a mix of everything you need this summer. We offer Canyoning and Gorge Walking in two different stunning locations in Scotland, click on the links in the table below to find out more or scroll down for some frequently asked questions!

Location                 Canyons Available
Fort William Area Inchree Falls, Nathrach Canyon, Grey Mare's Tail and Ben Nevis Gorge. We also run Dundonnell Canyon from this base. (Near Ullapool)
Perthshire and Surrounding Area Bruar Falls, Dollar Falls, Alva Falls, Calvine Gorge. and Berwick Falls



 Before getting started, our outdoor experts will have you kitted out in a wetsuit and helmet, making sure you are comfortable during the canyoning or gorge walking experience. Our team are happy to answer any questions you may have about the day’s activity and will give you and your group a full briefing before hitting the water. You will spend the day climbing, leaping, sliding & splashing your way through fresh Scottish water in an exciting mountain enviroment, adventure days have never been so fun! Canyoning is a real crowd pleaser and is perfect for any occasion. Family days out, Stag 'n' Hen Trips, Corporate Team Bonding, Birthday Celebrations and so much more!


Gorge Walking  is a walk up or down a river including jumps and slides. Canyoning is its big brother – only a descent is possible and involves jumps, slides and harnessed abseils. Here in the Highlands, we are proud to offer both activities.


We would love to spend the day with you and your family and friends. We are located in one of the most beautiful parts of Scotland and have so many outdoor activities to offer! Our team of experts will be on hand to make your day the most exciting it can be.

  • Ben Starkie, owner, and director of Vertical Descents is also the Founder and Chairman of the British Canyoning Association and UK Canyon Guides.
  • Vertical Descents provides training and technical assessment for canyon guides at outdoor companies across the UK.
  • We are delighted to be the longest established canyoning centre in Scotland.
  • We use the best gear possible including 10mm neoprene wetsuits with extra protection

We would love to hear from you! Contact us today to find out more about our outdoor activity packages. 






Whatever your group size, it’s NO PROBLEM. Give us a call or drop us an email and our team of friendly expert staff can check availability and book you in. We can also help you with any other request.


Canyon Description Price (per person)

Inchree Falls

Fort William

Fun for all - optional features - slides and big jumps £70 (half Day)

Ben Nevis

Fort William 

Fun for all – lots of slides and jumps –canyon down the side of UK’s highest mountain £70 (half Day)


Fort William

Full day wilderness trip – adventurous slot canyon – for ambitious and sporty adventurers £140 (6hrs)

Grey Mares Tail

Fort William

For experienced canyoneers - Epic finish with 90m abseil £140 (6hrs)

Falls of Bruar Blair Atholl, Perthshire

Vertical Descents East

Scenic fun trip – high buzz factor – for ambitious and sporty adventurous (we run the whole canyon as opposed to just bottom section) £140 (5hrs)

Glen Alva Stirling

Vertical Descents East

Only 20 mins from Stirling – steep and committing slot canyon – good head for heights required – for people who have been canyoning before £140 (5hrs)



Scotland's best canyon is and amazing slot canyon full of jumps, slides and abseils.


Essential Info

Please use the above links to take you to specific canyon pages where you will find all the information you require.  If you prefer, just contact us and one of our friendly, expert staff will be happy to help.

You ask.. We answer...
When? See individual page for specific canyon - follow links on the menu to the left
Who? See individual page for specific canyon - follow links on the menu to the left
What do we need to bring? Something to wear under a wetsuit, swimming attire is best! Sturdy outdoor footwear that you dont mind gettng wet (old trainers are best!), a towel and warm clothes for afterwards. Sense of adventure and fun. If you are booked on to full day trip please bring food and water for the day.
Where and when do we meet? See individual page for specific canyon - follow links on the menu to the left
How much? We offer family and group prices - please follow links above for specific canyons