Watersports in Dumfries & Galloway

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  • Looking across the River Dee estuary, Kirkcudbright
    Looking across the River Dee estuary, Kirkcudbright
  • Looking across to a windsurfer enjoying the watersports facilities at the Galloway Sailing Centre, Loch Ken
    Looking across to a windsurfer enjoying the watersports facilities at the Galloway Sailing Centre, Loch Ken

Dumfries & Galloway offers a rich treasure trove of opportunities for water-loving adventurers. From the calm waters of Loch Ken to the beautiful Solway coastline there is a range of exciting adventure activities to suit all levels and abilities.

Loch Ken

Test your sea legs on the calm waters of Loch Ken. Set in the stunning Galloway Hills, the Galloway Activity Centre is a safe and fun environment - the perfect place to try exciting new watersports. The prevailing south westerly winds make this an ideal location for yachting and windsurfing.

For something guaranteed to bring a smile to your face try sitting in an inflatable rubber ring pulled by a speed boat, or the whole family can clamber aboard the large Banana Boat. There is now also a wheelchair accessible MK III Wheelyboat, so watersports enthusiasts of all abilities can enjoy the peaceful waters.

You can also learn the basics of wake boarding or water-skiing or if you have more experience why not challenge yourself to try mono skiing?

River Nith and Dee

If you’ve ever wanted to try canoeing or kayaking then head for the faster moving currents on the region’s rivers. The rivers Nith and Dee provide an exhilarating thrill with several white water sections and many twists and turns along the way.

Solway Firth

The beautiful coastline of the Solway Firth offers an enviable playground for sailors and paddlers alike. You will find many sailing centres and schools along its banks offering exciting dinghy racing in the shelter of the bays or offshore racing and cruising for the more experienced. The also welcome people of all ages and abilities and their tutors run a wide range of classes. With weekend, week-day, group and individual sessions, the choice is fantastic and you will be amazed at how affordable it can be.

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