Litter Free Paddle Trips

Join us at Outdoor Explore and help to clear waterways in Tayside region, Scotland!

Since August 2014 we are running FREE trips, for you to join us on a mission to make our local rivers, loch and sea a better place for all...

Most recent updates:

We are back for 2019 clean-up events! We already have some dates for your calendar:

28th April - Clunie Loch near Blairgowrie

11th May - River Tay in Perth (co-delivered with Zero Waste Perth)

2nd June - Clunie Loch near Blairgowrie

21st of September - River Tay in Perth

To join, drop us an email to

2018 summary - 10 events, nearly 150 volunteers, over 2 tonnes of rubbish collected from the River Tay, Clunie Loch, River Ericht., Loch Tummel and Loch Tay. A huge WELL DONE and THANK YOU! We have recieved great support from Zero Waste Perth, Perth & Kinross Council and Clunie Hall. See you again in 2019! Piotr, Outdoor Explore


24th June 2018 - looking to continue our #LitterFreePaddle after success in May and we hope to head to Loch Tay near Kenmore. Will you join us?


10th May 2018 - Our mini-campaign, towards the end of the month, is live. See the details below. Join us, support, share with others...


20th January 2018 - Another year, another litter pick completed - Clunie Loch near Blairgowrie. Making our favour small loch in Scotland a little bit nicer to all.


30th May 2017 - Our annual mini-campaign was pretty successful. Over 16 bags, 50litres of rubbish each! That's a lot of rubbish collected from Clunie Loch near Blairgowrie. Many thanks, Sue, Gordon, Simon and Craig for joining!

#LitterFreePaddle in 2019 so far

Clunie Loch, April 2019

See photos



The Daily Records article

about our recent 'catch'


Keep Tayside clean,

read the story

Success, our Litter Free Paddle in May '18 achieved so much...

Fantastic turnout to all three of our #LitterFreePaddle events past weekend! At last some truly inspiring story for you to share today and join us next time...


On Friday we were clearing the mighty River Tay in Perth City near our water basin at Willowgate.


Saturday was time for our local hidden gem, the Clunie Loch near Blairgowrie


Finally, Sunday evening, River Ericht in Blairgowrie - my favourite river in Scotland...


Over 32 volunteers joined on these free events. Many have travelled from the far end of the Tayside, simply having in common looking after our local waterways. All ages, all experiences, all types of crafts.
We cleared around 45-50 bing bags, each about 80-litre size, plus plenty of scrap metal, bikes, road signs...

Thank you so much! What a great outcome!!!


It was great to get a fantastic support from The Waste Services in Perth & Kinross Council and Zero Waste Perth


We actually had to turn down some help offers as we run out of boats or safety cover. So if you wish to join us next time, support, help, hear more, email us directly:

See some of the pictures from Litter Free Paddle in May:

Here is our May 2018 plan, will you help us at Outdoor Explore to clear some of the waterways in Tayside?


We have the boats, paddle gear, gloves, bin bags, all provided by Outdoor Explore. 
No prior kayaking or canoeing experience necessary. 
We will be 2 hours on the water, doing our best...

Oh yes, it's FREE to join!
If you have your own boat, even better.

Our May Litter Free Paddle has 3 events:
- 18th May, River Tay, Perth, 14.00 start
- 19th May, Clunie Loch, Blairgowrie, 16.00 start
- 20th May, River Ericht, Blairgowrie, 18.00 start. This trip is best for canoes, some paddling experience required

For more details, or securing your space with us, please drop us an email to

Feel free to share, support and help us to clear Tay Country waterways

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