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“Watersports centre in Scottish Highlands”

Loch Insh Watersports
Ranked #1 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: Wheelchair access, Activities for young children, Activities for older children, Bathroom facilities, Food available for purchase, Lockers / storage
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“Watersports centre in Scottish Highlands”
Reviewed 7 March 2009

This is written on the basis of four summer holidays and a couple of short breaks spent at Loch Insh cabins and watersports. The variety of watersports on offer is excellent and the cabins are of a very high standard. Crucially the watersports part of the business is well managed and safety is of paramount importance. Yet somehow the place maintains a friendly and relaxed atmospshere that is really rather special, creating a unique blend of professionalism and informality that is rare in centres like this. Cost? Well you pay for what you get, and Loch Insh offers good value and charges a fair price for a first class facility.

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“A fantastic Highland activity location.”
Reviewed 4 March 2009

On this first excursion into trip adviser the inaccuracy of the map for this location made me wonder about the reliability of the opinions and rants one finds herein. But I love a good blog as much as anyone so here goes...

I have been going to Loch Insh for years and years. The accommodation and sports centre is some way from the location on the map and is in fact on the N.Eastern corner of the Loch which itself is just a widening of the River Spey. Find Kincraig off the old A9 and you're half mile away.Or follow the signs - just don't use the map on this site!

What I like about this location apart from breathtaking views year round, is the variety of facilities and activities. Sometimes I have rented chalets like the posh folk, I have stayed in the B&B and even pitched my tent for free on occasion. I came here as a kid, then spent some teen summers here, then took my own growing family and still go back for more. 15 miles from the ski slopes if it would only snow more often it is an all year round destination though a wee bit chilly in the water in October.

On one Munro bagging trip I stayed in 3 B&Bs (Ullapool, Durness and here at Insh.) The value for money prize went to Loch Insh being the cheapest of the three by a pound or two, with the best breakfast (all you can guzzle, serve yourself and admire the over-loch views).

During the day the restaurant is always busy and has plenty of home baking as well as warmer fare. The soup & roll affords the best value if your RBS shares aren't doing so well. At night there is a full service a la carte for a treat. If I am staying in a chalet this is usually a first or last night event. With younger kids banish them to the adjacent pool table room while you enjoy that last glass of red.

If you stay 2 nights you get absolutely free access to watersports before 10 a.m. and after 4 p.m or maybe 5 when the punters are fewer.Out of peak season the staff are relaxed about these times too!

Although the B&B is so good I can recommend the chalets too. Named after malt whiskies they are all slightly different sizes and layouts with most nuclear families fitting in somewhere. A bunch of my extended family and various friends, some of whom didn't know each other, simultaneously rented about six of the ten or so chalets for the millennium (-1 for pedants) in 1999/2000. Best party ever.We keep talking about doing it again...

Active holidays where you pack your own lunch, hump your own canoe/kayak/surfboard/dinghy/skis and are expected to hang up your own life jacket are not for everyone. However I practically grew up around this place and thoroughly recommend it as a grand place for active folks or those who want to be. Did one mention the dry ski slope? I prefer real snow but I was able to humiliate myself in public on a snowboard. Too much time on one's butt; stick to planks.

Also recommend nearby Suie Hotel (pub) in Kincraig for the craic and the fire, and genuine haute cuisine at the Ossian

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