Clive spent a lifetime dedicated to coaching in sport and was the founder of Loch Insh Watersports. He started life as a professional footballer playing for Grimsby town and scunthorpe and finally a brief contract with Leeds United as reserve Goalie. After graduating with a teaching degree in Physical Education he moved to Scotland to work at Glenmore Lodge as an Instructor where he met his wife Sally and they laid down plans for a similar centre of their own.
Joint director with Duncan, Jonathan and Andrew, Sally has been involved in every aspect of the business from the start. She continues to lend her advice, support and help when necessary. Visitors to the centre have Sally to thank for the lovely vibrant gardens where she loves to spend her retirement days.
Duncan, Andrew and Jonathan combine their collective sporting experience to ensure the Centre continues to deliver high quality, value for money outdoor experiences whatever your age and experience.
Together, they form part of the Board responsible for overseeing the running of Loch Insh and the continued development of the family business, cementing the family legacy for generations to follow.
The journey begins when
Clive purchases the beach at Loch Insh from the local church and set up the Cairngorm Canoeing and Sailing School
During a walk through the woods one day, Clive discovered and old village hall at the top of the hill.
After making a few enquiries he managed to purchase this old tin building and started building the accommodation for the centre.
The old Boathouse gets battered by high water and strong winds forcing a rebuild
Clive begins the first of many large building projects that make Loch Insh what it is today.
Many who new hime would say he was a builder at heart and he truly was never happier than when he had a project on, which from this year was pretty much every year until around 2006 when his full vision was finally realised
"Such a good place to go. Not only was it a lot of fun but the instructors were so nice! 10/10 would definitely come back...even if I did leave with a few bumps and bruises!"
"One of the best weekends I've had in a long time. We will recommend to everyone and will definitely be back"
"I am writing to thank you for a great experience – the sailing is an experience I will never forget – the instructors helped me learn new skills – the food was great and our chalet rocked!"
“Thank you for the great time on our school trip, the staff are great at teaching and were really funny. I liked the BBQ, disco, and enjoyed the kayaking and mountain bikes – I had so much fun”
"Jonny you and your team did an absolutely fabulous job on all fronts. The food was just magic, the housing, logistics, video, camping and dinner at Craigellachie and your choice of coaches. Along with the overall family welcome at Loch Insh, our trip could not have been more brilliant"
“We wanted to thank you in making our weekend so enjoyable, the hospitality was second to none. It was a weekend that we and the boys won’t forget”
“Just a note to thank all concerned for the first class service received for my daughter’s wedding, everybody commented on the outstanding service, setting and food. Many thanks, you all helped to make my day”
"Thank you very much for a lovely week. We enjoyed all the activities because you made them fun, the staff were very nice, our room was cosy and snug, the food was delicious and we had fun making our own packed lunches”
“Thank you sooooo much for letting me have a good time, the instructors were awesome and my favourite activity was everything!!!! A great experience – I am glad I went”
“Thank you very much for our week at Loch Insh where we had best instructor ever. The activities were amazing. I hope to come back soon - you are great!”
“I am writing to say thank you for such a great week, it has been very fun and exciting. I have done things that I thought I would never do in my whole life”
"My chalet was really nice and cosy! My favourite part of the chalet was the little loft that you could sleep in, and in the morning a couple of chickens came to the door; they were really cute and funny!"
"I enjoyed all the activities alot but have to say that windsurfing was the best, even though I was not good at it. My second favourite was skiing because my favourite instructor took us for that activity".
“Thank you for a fantastic week. The children have not stopped talking about it since”
“I wish to thank you and your staff for the wonderful time our pupils had at Loch Insh. It was a fantastic and challenging visit and I have nothing but praise for your team and facilities and have no hesitation in recommending your facilities to other schools”
“We really enjoyed our first visit and are looking forward to returning. The chalet photos on your website doesn’t do them justice”
“Children’s play areas are excellent and kept the youngsters amused for hours. Many thanks”
“Our first visit for 2 years and it has improved in every department. Well done, most impressive”
“Beautiful setting, friendly polite staff sailing. Thank you”
“An excellent meal, welcome and service – I would recommend and come again”
“The warmth was wonderful – consistently the best Restaurant of its type – keep it up”
“A fantastic place – so much to do without leaving the area – the 3 hours free water-sports each day was great – have never done any before but will take it up at home and return next year to do more – thanks so much”
“It has been a fantastic week – we have loved being here – would recommend it and will return”
“Lovely view from our chalet – wish we could have stayed longer – enjoyed the squirrel and birds feeding outside window - peaceful, relaxing break – thank you”
“Breakfast is absolutely wonderful – the setting is perfect – excellent value for money – we will be back”
“We think the whole set up is absolutely brilliant, the service and especially the food in the Restaurant – we stumbled on this by accident - you should advertise more as this is a top rate destination”