Galloway Activity Centre

Multi-activity Centre

Loch Ken, Parton, Castle Douglas, Dumfries And Galloway, DG7 3NQ

    Galloway Activity Centre is a friendly, family run outdoors centre operating on the beautiful shores of loch ken. We offer a range of land and water based activities and water sports tuition to families, individuals and groups alike.

    Nestled in the heart of the Galloway Hills beside the tranquil Loch Ken, Galloway Activity Centre provides the perfect environment in which to experience an array of outdoor pursuits whether as an individual or in a group. Its well-equipped facilities provide everything from courses and equipment hire, to accommodation and holiday packages. With a cafe on site we have everything you need for a day out to a full week away. 

    Taster Sessions

    All year round we run our popular taster sessions which are 1.5 hour instrucor led activity sessions designed to be a fun introduction, old or young they're suitable for everyone.  We run 4 sessions a day during the following times - 1000-1130, 1130-1300, 1400-1530, 1530-1700. Our pricing structure means the more people that book in and the more activities you do in a day the cheaper it is. So why not book in for a full day of activities? At £40pp it's great value and you can choose from the following activities:

    Kayaking - grab a paddle and head out onto the water with one of our instructors. We use modern sit on top kayaks for our taster sessions and we'll soon have you whizzing around on the water, playing a few games and having a great time. The emphasis is definitely on fun, fun, fun!

    Sailing - As a NGB sailing training centre we're perfectly placed to teach you the basics...and yes, 1.5 hours is all you need to jump in a fun boat and head out onto the water. Our fully qualified instructors are always at hand to offer tips and advice but you might be surprised how quickly you pick it up.

    Windsurfing - Not as daunting as it used to be, using our beginner friendly boards we'll provide you with all the kit and instruction you'll need to get out on the water and get moving.

    Climbing Tower - One of our most popular activities the climbing tower offers the option of either climb and zip or leap of faith and crate climbing. A climb and zip session will see you scale the climbing wall and then blast down on our zip wire. If that's too soft for you then why not test your mettle with the infamous leap of faith? At almost 10 metres high you'll have to steady your nerves as you leap out into space to hit the suspended buoy. Always great fun and you'll usually have time to test your balance afterwards by carefully stacking up crates as you delicately climb to the top. 

    Archery - Fancy keeping your feet on the ground? Archery is the perfect activity for all the family to take part in and our qualified instructors will show you the basics of this ancient sport and have you hitting the bulls eye in no time. 

    Outdoor laser combat games - Paintballing without the pain! Our laser combat sessions are run in the woods and with 30 guns it's a great activity for groups or individuals alike. 

    Mountain biking - Our mountain biking sessions kick off with a power boat trip across the loch. Load the bikes up and head over the water towards the forest for a ride to remember. You'll be glad of our experienced instructors as they guide you around the various trails and have you back in time for tea and brownies! To get the most out of the mountain bike sessions we suggest a minimum age of 8 years old.

    Wobbly Waterpark - Last but not least is our famous Wobbly Waterpark. An experience to remember and not for the faint hearted. With a variety of inflatables you'll swim between each, hauling yourself out of the water, throwing yourself down the slide or being catapulted into the air it's a session to remember. We recommend a minimum age of 10 for the waterpark and good swimming ability is essential. (Please note that due to the weather we don't guarantee all of the inflatables being out)

    Prior booking is essential, for any more information please give us a phone and we'll be delighted to answer any questions you might have.

    4 Activity Centre
    Regional Winner Mobility difficulties
    Archery Canoeing Kayaking Mountain Bike Trails Paintball & Laser Quest Sailing Schools Windsurfing
    Opening Times
    Open All Year
    2015 Opening Times
    1 Jan 2015 - 31 Dec 2015
    2016 Opening times
    1 Jan 2016 - 31 Dec 2016

    Open all year around for accommodation and activities. During the winter we run the land based activities only. Reception open 0900-2000 in the summer and 0900-1630 in the winter.


    • Some wet rooms available
    • The main entrance has level access


    • Children Welcome
    • Highchair Available


    • Equipment Hire
    • Tuition Available


    • Lochside Location
    • Rural Location
    • Waterfront Location

    Special Requirements

    • Children Welcome
    • Coach Parties Welcome
    • Dogs Welcome
    • Families
    • Groups Welcome
    • Hen/Stag Parties Welcome
    • Pets Allowed
    • Pets Welcome
    • School Groups Welcome
    • Senior Citizens
    • Single Travellers
    • Young People

    Wedding Services

    • Able to erect a marquee
    • Accommodation Available
    • Can use own suppliers
    • Civil Ceremony
    • In-house Co-ordinator
    • Reception Facilities
    • Religious Ceremony
    • Wedding Packages Available


    • Breakfast Available Prior booking essential
    • Cafe / Restaurant available on site
    • Dinner Available Prior booking essential
    • Evening Meal Available Prior booking essential
    • Evening Meal By Arrangement
    • Lunch Available
    • Tea & Coffee Available


    • Covered Drying Facilities Available
    • Shower
    • Toilets

    Languages Spoken

    • French Speaking

    Payment Methods

    • Cash
    • Debit Card
    • Mastercard
    • VISA Card


    • Bike Storage Available
    • Parking

    Public Transport Directions

    Getting there by plane:- Flights to Glasgow Prestwick airport with Ryanair

    Getting there by train:- Trains into Dumfries from North and South

    Getting there by bus:- 501 Castle Douglas bus from Dumfries (exit at Castle Douglas Swimming pool), 520 Dalmellington bus from Castle Doulgas Swimming pool to us (ask the driver to drop you off at Galloway Activity Centre).

    Getting there by ferry:- From Stranraer take A75 east, take A713 north at Castle Douglas, we are 3.5 miles north of Parton.

    Transport within Scotland

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    Attraction Entrance

    • There is a ramp to the main entrance


    • Parking provided for visitors
      • Parking on site
      • With designated parking for visitors with disabilities
      • Within about 50 metres of the attraction
    • There is a drop-off point for guests immediately outside the main entrance
    • The route from the parking area to the nearest public entrance is :
      • with a ramp

    Cafeteria / Restaurant

    • Level access (i.e. no steps or thresholds) or access by a ramp or lift to the :
      • cafeteria
      • restaurant
    • Catering staff provide meals for guests with special dietary requirements

    This information is self-assessed; therefore we accept no liability for its accuracy. Please contact the venue for further information.

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