In 2014, our Barcaple centre in Dumfries and Galloway embarked on an exciting new project to build and develop an on-site watersports lochan just 100 metres from the main house. This facility enables groups visiting Abernethy Barcaple to take part in raft building, canoeing and kayaking without the need to travel to Loch Ken and without having to factor in weather conditions on the day. As the lochan has become established, the wetland it has created will also provide opportunities for school pupils to study the ecosystem and natural environment. The lochan was opened by the Scottish MSP for Sport, Jamie Hepburn.
The lochan is also available to local community paddling clubs. If you are interested in discussing using our lochan, please contact Andy Wade, Operations Director on 01557 820261 or by e-mail.
Including a path and car park, this project was part financed by the Legacy 2014 Active Places Fund with the remainder of the cost being met by private donations. If you would like to contribute to the continuing development of our facilities, you can either visit our Stewardship page HERE or contact Mike Causey, our Chief Executive, by e-mail to discuss how you would like to help.