45 years experience
Loch Insh Outdoor Centre, founded in 1969 by Clive and Sally Freshwater, has continued to provide first class inclusive summer and winter group package holidays and activity days, developing a tried and tested system over the years to offer you the best range of activities to fit your requirements.
Clive, Duncan, Andrew and Jonathan have continually developed the delivery of our activities from entry level lessons up to instructor level in both winter and water-sports disciplines.
Over the years they have put together and overseen the implementation of these programs. They have a lifetime involvement in all the sports offered at Loch Insh and as such a wealth of experience on what works best for our unique location.
Our more popular activities make up the longer activity sessions.
A range of wet and dry activities are spread throughout your stay, always finishing on a dry note for the bus journey home!
We teach complimentary activities in a certain order (weather permitting)
If you are looking for something really special then please use our plan to choose the activities you wish to take part in and send an e-mail to our office. We’ll do our best to accommodate you.
Loch Insh Watersports is an AALA Recognized Training Centre (Adventure Activity Licensing Authority) We are also a RYA centre and can deliver BCU certified courses for paddle sports. We work to the standards set by these governing bodies, or AALA, whichever is relevant to the group or area we are operating in. Our Instructors are fully trained and carry radios and mobile phones, which keep them in contact with beach base at all times.
All instructional staff and many non-instructional staff are qualified first aiders.
We have extensive risk assessments in place and six rescue boats are always on standby when the beach is open. These boats maintain constant contact with the base at the beach.
Our instructors know every inch of the Loch and surrounding forest, and they know which safety areas to use are should the conditions suddenly change.
"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”
“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”