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Loch Insh Outdoor Centre

Kincraig, Kingussie, PH21 1NU, United Kingdom | 01540 651272 | Website
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Water sports for everyone

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This review is especially helpful for those who have or use the following: Walking Aid, Powerchair

Overview

Being the adventurous type I always want to take part in things that aren’t exactly disabled friendly! I have Muscular Dystrophy and use an electric wheelchair/ crutches to get about. I lack the trunk and head control to sit unaided. These guys didn’t even bat an eyelid when I asked to try sailing, canoeing and paddle boarding. I did email in advance so they could get the right adaptions. They know a great guy called Suresh who helps them with seating etc. At no point did I feel in the way or an inconvenience, even when it started peeing with rain when James was sorting me a canoe, he did it with a smile. We started in a larger boat that Jonny, Dad and I could be in together. Once I was securely strapped into the seat, all controls were handed to me with Jonny coaching me along the way. The sun was shining - glorious way to spend an afternoon. The next afternoon, Jonny deemed me competent enough to be put in the solo challenger boat! This time it was James who got me strapped in, slightly different controls, once in and comfy I was “launched” onto the loch! Had and James in the powerboat alongside for moral support & a bit coaching at the start. Once I got the hang of tacking & gybing they went back to shore and left me to it for a while. Best but weirdest feeling - never do I get to be totally alone to do something - it was amazing. Our last afternoon there was no wind, so alas no sailing. Instead James lashed two canoes together, after tying my seat in we were off. Me and dad in one, James in the other. With my lack of muscle power paddling was hard work, but I did manage put in some effort most of the time. Neither James or Jonny were shy to help when I needed a hand to steady myself or if my dad needed help to lift me on or off a craft. Loved it!

Transport & Parking

5

Plenty of parking at the water-sports centre including 3 wheelchair bays.

Access

3.5

I’m only giving it 3.5 as although there are ramps down to the beach and to the equipment areas they are steep.

Toilets

0

I can’t comment as I never used them, although I did see signs for them and there are showers there too.

Staff

5

Beyond helpful and lovely.

Photos

The solo boat Me with the larger boat What a view!

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