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“Cafe Experience”

Loch Insh Watersports
Ranked #2 of 4 things to do in Kincraig
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Open all year offering a wide variety of watersports onsite in the summer and skiing in the winter at nearby Cairngorm Mountain. Lessons many also be taken on our dry ski slope, onsite. Other activities such as archery, mountain biking and local walks are available all year round as are the children's activity play parks. The Boathouse Restaurant onsite is the perfect base to compliment activities, whether you are looking for a warm and cosy environment to have a cup of tea and spectate or requiring a warm, hearty, home-cooked meal to warm up after an activity.
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Food available for purchase, Activities for young children, Lockers / storage, Bathroom facilities, Wheelchair access
Reviewed 17 March 2014

This cafe is in an absolutely stunning location with superb views across the loch and hills which was the best part to our visit. I can appreciate mid March is not a busy time and money has to be made, but to charge £19.80 for two people is a bit expensive, (plate each with 2 sandwiches, crisps (which consisted of 3 whole crisps and lots of crumbs from the bottom of the packet and
lettuce), 2 cokes (not even the whole tin, a glass), a coffee, 2 pieces of home baking, cakes having to be asked for later as forgotten about, (although only 2 other customers). Don't think we shall return which is a shame. Maybe it is more vibrant and full of life in the summer season, certainly plenty of activities on offer.

Thank Liz1956008
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Clive93, Owner at Loch Insh Watersports, responded to this reviewResponded 25 March 2014

Unlike many cafe outlets, we have to charge VAT.

The sandwiches include a side salad and crisps, so there would be no need to count the crisps out as there is usually a generous portion of both, all served on a plate with a very nice view for your pleasure.

As far as coke is concerned, we do not dispense from a can, but it is the same measure as a cardboard cup, in a half pint glass.

The main thing is that all prices are shown on the menu and counter before the goods are purchased.

It is unfortunate that 20% has to be charged for products such as this in the form of VAT. The individual rates you would have paid are £8.08.

Sorry you won't be back.


Clive Freshwater

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Reviewed 3 March 2014

From the first phone call to the end of the lesson the staff were helpful and friendly. We were having a trip up to Aviemore and decided to have a lesson on a dry ski slope for the family to see if we liked it before venturing onto the snow.
Loch Insh was the only Dry ski slope facility within the Aviemore area that would provide a lesson as all others said their instructors would be "up the mountain". I am very glad that we ended up here as the experience was fantastic.
The little one, Aged 4, did not want to try, so we had 2 instructors for 2 adults and 1 child. Both the instructors were great, very patient with us oldies and made it fun with firmness for my son, who is not the best at listening. I will be recommending them and am delighted to say i have booked further lessons at our local dry ski slope as i enjoyed it so much!

Thank clairelouisesimpson
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Reviewed 24 February 2014

We stayed for four days in one of the 2 bedroom chalets and it was amazing. The views are breathtaking, the area is so beautiful. The chalet itself is very cute, well equipped with fridge, cooker, oven, washing machine... Etc. also the kitchen came with all cooking utensils and cutlery..
We have enjoyed our stay and will be considering coming back for sure
The only down side is that there is no wifi anywhere in that area and the mobile signal is very bad. It was a complete cut off from the world.

Thank Samer A
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Reviewed 22 February 2014

We spent February half term staying in a chalet at Loch Insh. The room was beautifully clean and well stocked, albeit a little chilly, until we had the heating worked out. Our 14 year old son loved the 'mens den', which is a little mezzanine bedroom which was always lovely and warm. The views over the loch were stunning. We didn't eat in the Boat House, but we enjoyed having an evening drink there- again, views to die for. We were skiing in Aviemore, which was surprisingly quick to get to from Insh, so the dry slope, especially as its free to use at certain times for residents, was an excellent facility. All the staff were great, especially Morag who was incredibly swift with responses to our queries prior to our stay. Also got to mention, we spoke with Mr Freshwater, the owner, who was a great guy and gave us some fabulous advice on nearby areas to ski.
We loved Loch Insh - and will be back to sample the water sports in the summer.

Thank jwp956
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Reviewed 17 February 2014

We had a super 3 day break with out boys aged 7 and 4 but want to make other families with small children who are booking the chalets to be aware of the ladder to the loft as our 7 year old fell the 7 ft from the loft!
There is no stair gate at the bottom so prepare yourselves to be on permenant ladder watch if your holidaying with
adventurous kids!!

Thank Mou13
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Clive93, Owner at Loch Insh Watersports, responded to this reviewResponded 25 February 2014

Whilst it is unfortunate to have mishaps when on holiday, our website clearly states that the loft ladder with sleeping accommodation should not be used by children under 8 years or grannies. There are guard rails at the top and on the access ladder itself. Notices are displayed in the chalet behind the ladder warning people to be vigilant. The same notice is on the Loch Insh website.

As we wrote and explained to you, the ladders comply with building regulations and the position of a child's gate would so intrude into the chalet that it would be difficult to access the toilet and bedrooms. I am sorry, but this is the first instance in 20 years of letting. People do have to be more vigilant when in strange surroundings. We can do no more than warn people of the potential risks.

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