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Extreme Canyoning - Scotland



If you have been canyoning before, and are ready to take the leap to extreme, you have come to the right place! Finding and developing new canyons is what we do in our spare time. Our guides are continually looking for the thrill of extreme adventure canyoning, and we aim to bring you the most exciting trips in Scotland.

Massive 9m jumps, 12m slides and 90m abseils are just some of the things you will experience whilst extreme canyoning with us. It's not for the faint hearted so we will teach you all you need to know in order to descend some of Scotland's hardest canyons.

Why choose Vertical Descents?

  • Ben Starkie, Owner and Director of Vertical Descents, is also the Founder and Chairman of the British Canyoning Association and UK Canyon Guides.


  • Provide training and technical assessments for canyon guides at outdoor companies across the UK.
  • Have pioneered and developed canyon trips around Scotland.
  • Introduced Canyoning to Scotland back in 1998 and ever since then we have gone bigger, deeper and higher to give our clients a real adventure.


Canyon Brief description Price (per person)
Fort William
Extreme Canyoning Fort William area The steep high sided glens of the Highlands make it excellent extreme canyoning territory - are you in?! Contact us for more info Full day from £145
Perthshire Vertical Descents East
Extreme Canyoning Perthshire Extreme adventure in one of Scotland's fantastic canyons. Alva canyon is one of the best and most extreme trips in lowland Scotland. Full day from £120
Extreme 2/3 Day Canyon Tour Our Canyon tours teach you how to canyon and explore some of Scotland's most scenic and inaccessible canyons in Scotland - a great way to take in the true beauty of the wilds of the Highlands. Min group - 4 people.  2 days £300 
If you are checking out this page you may be interested in joining UK Canyon Guides - training and assessment courses, workshop & meets, festivals and online guide.





Essential Info

We hope to have answered most of your questions below, however if you have any other questions please just contact us and our team of friendly expert staff can help you.  

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When? Everyday at 10am. March - October
Who? Sporty and adventurous types, you don't necessarily have to have been canyoning before but need to be ok with heights and reasonably fit to enjoy these canyon expeditions.  Some of our extreme trips require previous canyoning experience, please enquire at time of booking.  
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, such as old trainers! A towel and warm clothes for afterwards. Snacks for a wee break in the middle. 
Where do we meet? This is dependent on the canyon chosen, please enquire when booking.
How much? £140