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About the Centre

The Centre is located on the shore of Castle Semple Loch; take a look at the webcam, great for seeing current weather conditions.
Find out how to book an activity, get an idea of the equipment on site, our facilities, our staff as well as information on safety, our latest news, sports club details and useful web links (see below).

Canoe RaftAccess for All

“Disability need not prevent you having fun at Clyde Muirshiel Regional Park” The Park is continually aiming to be more accessible to all.

Castle Semple Centre is an RYA Sailability Foundation Centre click here for more information

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Bookings

Groups:
Each booking is tailor made, please telephone 01505 842 882 Ex 21 or email us at activities@clydemuirshiel.co.uk providing details of your approx numbers, preferred activity or activities and dates.
Courses:
To book an advertised course please telephone 01505 842 882 Ex 20.

Once you have booked, full details of the course or group booking, what to bring and indemnity forms will be sent to you.  All courses run subject to minimum numbers being achieved.

Equipment

The Regional Park uses or has access to the following equipment, some of it is available for hire by group leaders or individuals, please contact the Senior Instructors 01505 842882 Ext 21 or email activities@clydemuirshiel.co.uk for details.
Canoes
14 -16 foot open boats, all with solid foam buoyancy.

Dinghy Sailing
Omega, Wayfarers, Toppers, Pico’s , Laser and Optimists.
Challenger and Access Dinghy

Dinghys

Fun Boats
Zorbs, Aqua trikes, row boats and sit-on kayaks. Contact Andy at North Adventure on 07833226111. zorb sphere

Kayaks
A wide variety of Sea kayaks, Touring kayaks, General purpose and sit on top.

Mountain Bikes
Contact the Senior Instructors for group bookings or Martin at Express Cycles for hire only, tel 07867 790 889
email martin@cyclerepairman.fsnet.co.uk for individual hires.

Map and CompassNavigation
Ordnance survey Maps, Silva compasses and Garmin GPS equipment.

Raft Building
Poles, rope and barrels.

Windsurfing
Clyde Windsurfing provide all the windsurfing instruction and club activity on Castle Semple Loch, with excellent adult courses and kids T15 coaching along with lots of fun stuff.

Clyde Windsurfing are a current Volvo Champion Club click here for details
Contact the Clyde Windsurfing Club.

Facilities

The Centre provides fully accessible changing room facilities with hot showers and lockers and a dedicated tuition room.

The Café and gift shop with a great view over the loch sells hot and cold drinks, hot and cold pre packed sandwiches, pot noodles, cup-a-soups, crisps, chocolate, cakes, health bars and ice cream.

The Equipment is stored on site ready for immediate use.

The Loch, Castle Semple Loch is 2.5 km long and 0.5 km wide. It is a safe and sheltered environment to learn water sports, do team challenges or even sail a model boat!

Meeting Room there is dedicated space for approximately 30 people for any pre or post outdoor activity requirements; this should be requested at time of booking.

Boat Storage for canoe, kayak or sailing dinghy up to 16 feet can be arranged through the Senior Instructors.

The Countryside, in and around the Regional Park enables the delivery of a wide variety of land based activities such as mountain biking, archery, orienteering, team building as well as volunteer and conservation tasks..

The Ranger Service provide information on local walks & wildlife and work with lots of groups and schools.

Links

We think these are useful.
Activity Adventure Licensing Authority
British Canoe Union
Scottish Canoe Association
RYA Sailability
Royal Yachting Association
RYA Scotland
Scottish Cycling Union
British Orienteering Federation
Scottish Orienteering Federation
Clydeside Orienteers
Ayrshire Orienteers

News

There is usually something of interest going on, have a look on our news or twitter page for details.

Safety

Your safety and enjoyment is of the up most importance to us. The Centre is licensed by the Adventure Activity Licensing Authority AALA No. R0447. All our instructors are suitably qualified, experienced and are first aid trained.

Comprehensive safety guidelines are in place. These are based on National Governing Body recommendations from for example the British Canoe Union, the Royal Yachting Association Mountain Leader Training Board and Scottish Cycling.

All outdoor activities require a level of physical fitness, if you have any concerns about the fitness level required to participate in your selected course contact the Senior Instructors.

InstructorsStaff

Our team of instructors include two Senior Instructors, David Hill and Willie Macleod,
a team of four full time instructors as well as part time and sessional staff.

Webcam

There are cameras on the Visitor Centre tower, have a look to see what the weather conditions are looking like.

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