An activity which makes use of the local river when levels are low. A Duckie is an inflatable craft similar to a canoe which takes two persons. Journeys down the river can be made by those with little experience. A wet and thrilling adventure is guaranteed. Only for the water confident.
Teamwork is essential to successfully negotiate the currents and whitewater of our local rivers in our whitewater rafts. This is normally only possibly after heavy rain.
Canoeing and Kayaking
A wide range of canoeing activities is available from our scenic base on the shores of Loch Eck. You may be introduced to kayaking or open Canadian canoeing on our local loch, while those with more experience can visit other areas.
Scotland’s rivers offer some of the finest white water in Britain and amongst these are the Rivers Awe and Orchy which we visit regularly. Sea kayaking amongst the islands off the West Coast can provide a unique chance to observe seals, seabirds and other marine life at close hand, while open Canadian canoeing is ideal for making a journey along a beautiful loch or down a river. Participants on these specialist courses may choose to spend some time away from Benmore on expedition.
Our sailing base is a ten minute drive away beside the Holy Loch on the Firth of Clyde and provides a superb location for all sailors from novice to expert. For beginners, your first sail would be with an instructor in our stable Seafarers and Wayfarers or, if conditions are suitable, the challenge of Sport 16 or Topaz sailing, in sheltered waters.
As your skills progress you could expect to steer your own dinghy into the more open waters of the Clyde Estuary on a day trip, under the watchful eye of an instructor in a fast safety boat. Some courses may include a cruise to an overnight camp on remote beaches further afield.
A rocky shore provides the venue for this enjoyable activity. Scrambling above the sea is excellent for developing confidence and there is a variety of options depending on both skill and willingness to get wet! There is plenty of opportunity to study the coastal environment. A return trip through the Rhododendron Tunnel adds to the experience.