James Hamilton Heritage Park is a 4 Star Visit Scotland accredited activity centre. The park features a 16 acre loch which provides beautiful and tranquil surroundings for our exciting range of water sports, from canoeing to windsurfing. The distance around the loch perimeter path is 1.2 kilometres (3/4 of a mile) Taster sessions are available so that you can get a feel for various water sports, and both junior and adult courses are provided to help you progress.
The Heritage Park is a Recognised Teaching Centre (RTA) for the Scottish Canoe Association (SCA) and Royal Yachting Association (RYA) and only instructors qualified by the Recognised Governing Body (RGB) are utilised. Don't panic if water activities are not your idea of fun as there is plenty on offer for those who do not like to take the plunge. Our two adventure playgrounds are also star attractions and there is also a popular fleet of fun boats. We can also offer ornithologists some excellent bird watching opportunities from our bird sanctuary.
Throughout the year Outdoor Learning and Adventure offer a range of land and water based activities. At the James Hamilton Heritage Park we offer dinghy sailing, windsurfing, power boating and canoeing courses as well as a range of taster sessions that can be shaped to any level of ability or experience. Courses follow structured learning syllabuses provided by the Royal Yachting Association or the Scottish Canoe Association. A junior adventure club for 8-15 years also runs each Saturday during the water sport season.
During school holidays a programme of activity is provided by the Outdoor Resource Base (during Summer and October breaks). These programmes include a range of multi-activity programmes including mountain biking, climbing and canoeing as well as courses focusing on developing skills in a particular activity. These programmes range in duration from single day trips to five day programmes.
The photograph was taken on a cold winters morning while I was out having a walk around the loch, the sun was just peeking through and I thought it would make a nice picture. Once I had walked around the loch a half dozen of times I was decidedly warmer than when I started so after all my activity, I had worked up an appetite, and I visited Gracie's on the Loch Café. There is a delicious selection of lunches, snacks and home baking available along with teas, coffees, hot chocolate and soft drinks.