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“5 Castles Regatta 2014”

Galloway Activity Centre
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Owner description: Welcome to the Galloway Activity Centre. We are situated on the banks of Loch Ken in south west Scotland and have an exciting range of activities for families, individuals and groups alike. Here you will find details of our services & facilities including activities, courses, equipment hire, accommodation and holiday packages. Choose from: Sailing, Windsurfing, Powerboating, Kayaking, Canoeing, Outdoor Laser Tag, Archery, Mountain Biking, Stand Up Paddle Boarding, Giant Water Slide, Climbing and more...Our aim is to give you a memorable holiday in a safe and friendly family atmosphere. We look forward to welcoming you.
Dumfries, United Kingdom
Level 2 Contributor
8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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“5 Castles Regatta 2014”
Reviewed 23 June 2014

Another amazing weekend for South West Scotland school sailors as they competed in the 5 Castles Regatta for the Prestigious Castle Loch Shield and the Common Thread Group 'Spirit' trophy. Our hosts were once again Galloway Activity Centre who provided us breathtaking hospitality and a whole raft of top class equipment. We could not ask for better hosts anywhere and the generosity of Rich Hermon and the professionalism and dedication of the Centre Manager Kieran Patterson and his support staff warrants a special mention.
The event is run and staffed by award winning volunteers from Solway Yacht Club and Annandale Sailing Club as well as the troops from Galloway. Further very generous cash sponsorship from Julie Joseph's Common Thread provides valuable subsidies allowingaccess to the widest possible range of school pupils of all socio economic backgrounds from across the region. The kids have all voted this one the best yet! Can't say better than that.

Visited June 2014
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Dumfries, United Kingdom
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“Great place”
Reviewed 23 June 2014

We arrived on Thursday to help with the 5 Castles Sailing Regatta on Friday and we stayed on for the weekend, then extended by yet another day. The youngsters competing on the Friday had a fabulous time and those who stayed for the weekend had a ball!!
We adults had a wonderful time too. The staff are so welcoming and helpful, the ambience is great and it's so relaxing!!
There's loads for youngsters (and not so young!!) to do.......as well as sailing, there's a climbing wall, archery, laser quest, mountain biking, wind-surfing, paddle-sports, wobbly water park.......it's a fabulous place!!!

Visited June 2014
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gac_lochken, Front Office Manager at Galloway Activity Centre, responded to this review, 24 June 2014
Thanks so much for your review, the regatta went really well and glad you decided to stay on and make the most of the weather we've been having. Hopefully we'll see you again soon.

Thanks

Ben
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Dumfries, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
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“Galloway's Jewel in the Crown”
Reviewed 23 June 2014

My son (15) and I have just had the most fantastic weekend at GAC. Lots of sailing both dinghies (Picos/Bahia) and windsurfers, climbing, laser quest, kayaking and wobbly water park. Blessed with mediterranean sunshine and good breeze it could not have been better. We stayed in one of their genuine Mongolian Yurts which is 5star glamping with real beds and a wood burning stove for the evening chill. The absolute best part, though, is the centre staff who could not be more pleasant and accommodating. Every request handled with a smile and on the spot no matter how busy they were. This really is the best of water sports/activities opportunities in the area. If you have kids, get them to GAC to watch them flourish is a safe, well maintained and beautiful environment.

Visited June 2014
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gac_lochken, Front Office Manager at Galloway Activity Centre, responded to this review, 24 June 2014
Hi Jim, thankyou so much for your kind words. It's really great to hear back from people and I'll pass on your comments to the rest of the team. Thanks again for your visit, we're really glad you decided to make a return trip and delighted you enjoyed your stay.

Ben
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Kingsteignton, United Kingdom
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“Amazing stay in the Eco Bothy”
Reviewed 21 June 2014

Our holiday was amazing from the moment we arrived. We stayed in the Red Kite Eco Bothy with hot tub which was ready to use when we arrived. We loved every minute and made full use of the facilities. We went on a great bike ride in the forest and a canoe was a real bonus which we all loved, you really can't beat an early morning paddle. Our family certainly made full use of the hot tub enjoying a lovely glass of bubbly watching the sun set and taking in the atmosphere and surrounding views AMAZING. The location is stunning, the Bothy is in a very secluded spot, but you have the benefit of being part of this great Activity Centre. All staff were friendly and wanted us to have a great time, we really did not want to leave. Thanks to Richard and all the staff for making this such a special holiday for our family and we hope to return again soon.

Visited June 2014
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gac_lochken, Front Office Manager at Galloway Activity Centre, responded to this review, 23 June 2014
Hi Deborah,

Thanks so much for your review, we're delighted you enjoyed the eco-bothy and glad to hear you made good use of the canoe and the hot tub.

We'll look forward to seeing you again next time we're down,

Ben
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“Fantastic activities - wonderful staff!”
Reviewed 20 June 2014

We found the instructors highly knowledgeable, patient and we would definitely recommend the centre to anyone who is looking to have a go at the activities on offer.

Admittedly, we never stayed at the accommodation onsite (as it was full!) so we can only comment on how clean the centre was on both the days we were there.

Can't speak highly enough of the entire staff (Ben, Adam and Jordan receive special mentions) for the assistance they gave us over both days!

Visited June 2014
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gac_lochken, Front Office Manager at Galloway Activity Centre, responded to this review, 23 June 2014
Hi Jonathan,

Thankyou so much for your lovely review, it's always great to get feedback and I'm really pleased that you enjoyed your visit to us. I'll pass on your comment to Adam and Jordan and hopefully we'll see you again.

Ben
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