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  • Paperback: 248 pages
  • Publisher: Pesda Press (20 May 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0954706137
  • ISBN-13: 978-0954706135
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.4 x 20 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 225,481 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

Eddie Palmer is a canoeist of 45 years' experience. He has paddled extensively in Europe as well as the USA and Africa, and has sampled virtually all of the canoeing disciplines, having had an early career in slalom and white water racing. Currently he is a leading UK open canoe sailor. He has been on canoe camping expeditions in northern Europe, USA and Canada and, since moving to Scotland from the north of England 10 years ago, has paddled many waters in Scotland, those experiences providing much of the material in this guidebook. Eddie was also a leading figure promoting access in N.E. England, contributing to the Tyne Agreement, and the Tyne Tour rally, and was Northern Region BCU Chairman. His interests are in travelling by canoe and kayak, supporting the Open Canoe Sailing Group, and in environmental and wildlife issues.

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By A. Read on 16 July 2008
We have a Canadian (open) canoe and have found this book ideal for planning trips across Scotland.

It's got a good coverage of the whole country and each river is graded, has access and exit points clearly marked, as well as hazards and rapids explained so you know what to expect when. It's also got a good selection of trips, from half a day on the Spey to a week touring the West Coast. It is a touring book though, so while there are some more challenging routes it's not suited for 'mad for it' kayaking types looking for gnarly white water.

You'll need a good OS map of the area to cover the route you select as the maps contained are only small basic diagrams, and it doesn't go into much detail, but then Scotland has so many great rivers it would be impractical to do so.

Final bonus - the pages are glossy, giving it some degree of splashproofing which is handy in a canoe!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By E on 29 Nov. 2011
I really love this book. It has opened up Scotland's Rivers and Lochs to me over the past few years.

The book has over 100 different routes, giving shuttle lengths and paddle distances and grade, along with a brief description of the route followed by an almost blow by blow account of the main obstacles encountered on all of the routes. The routes include sea lochs, inland lochs and rivers and at the back of the book there are some cross Scotland routes.

I would recommend this book to anyone with an open canoe in Scotland or planning a canoeing trip to Scotland.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A listener on 20 Oct. 2011
I sent off for this book because we have just bought a Canadian canoe and this was the only book that seemed to be suitable for all canoes, the other books were more for kayaking. It is clear, well written and offers lots of good advice and lovely routes to try - looking forward to our first trip!
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Gordon Old on 22 July 2010
As the proud new owner of a canadian canoe, I bought this book of canoe trip routes for suggestions. Certainly it has many routes. Unfortunately the route descriptions focus on milestones along the route rather than a description of the hazards between individual milestones. For instance, the book will say that a given stretch of 10Km is grade 1 to 2, but there may be several options between those points for entry or egress. Grade 2 is as much excitement as I can handle so far and I'd prefer to stick to 1. Also, important factors like width of river are missing. Tonight I attempted the River Avon south of Falkirk to discover that not only is it grade 2 several times immediately following the entry, but the river is barely wider than a canoe length, giving very few options for maneuver.
In other words, in my opinion the book has some relevant info, but concentrates on the wrong sort of detail.
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