Think Scotland and you might rustle up a romantic vision of mist over a glen. A more cynical soul might simply imagine dull rainy days! 🙂

The truth of the matter is that Scotland has the same amount of daylight hours as Brighton – and in the spirit of presenting a balanced view, get a sea fret on the coast and you’ll know about it! Scotland really isn’t as miserable as many may think. Yes, there is rain. Yes, we get our fair share of snow. But that’s to be expected in a mountainous region, and the 26 rivers that travel through a wonderful variety of scenery and past Scotland’s historic towns before reaching the sea have helped shape a beautiful natural environment.

Scotland’s rivers, including the Tweed, Spey, Clyde, Tummel, Teith, Forth, Dee and Don, cover over 700 miles. Not only do they offer some amazing fishing, the rivers also provide a perfect natural playground for water-based adventures. Close to Alexander House is the River Tay, the longest river in Scotland and the seventh longest in the UK. It originates on the slopes of Ben Lui to the west and travels eastward to the Firth of Tay, just below Dundee, where it flows out into the North Sea.

Splashing about on the River Tay

Splash River DuckiesBeing so close, it would be wrong not to take advantage of the fun to be had on the Tay, which is why we went to spend a day on the water with the fantastic team at Splash. With just the two of us, the River Duckies activity was ideal – we got to shoot the rapids in a 2-person inflatable, which is part white-water raft, part kayak with a bit of Canadian canoe thrown in. Whether you’ve tried rafting before or are a complete beginner, you’re accompanied by expert guides – we felt safe throughout the three-hour experience and really enjoyed the freedom of controlling our own craft. It’s fun, it’s exhilarating, and it’s exhausting afterwards! 🙂

Splash offers many more activities on various rivers – from canyoning to kayaking. They also offer land-based fun, including quad biking and paint balling. The company was set up back in 1996 and since 2003, ex-military man and passionate explorer/adventurer Pete has been at the helm. Splash has a huge clientele, including schools, youth groups, charities, corporates and military, as well as individuals looking for a thrill.

Taking to the river is such a great way to experience the wonderful Scottish landscape, booking a trip with Splash would certainly add a wow factor to your stay and also provide some amazing memories. Whether you’re visiting Alexander House as a family, a group of friends or you’ve organised a hen weekend away, we’d highly recommend adding a water activity to your itinerary! And who cares if the sun isn’t glaring down – get out there, get the adrenaline pumping, then return to Alexander House for a lovely, relaxing evening. What better plan is there?!