Dragon Boats on Loch Ken was established in 2013 and is based in Dumfries and Galloway. We offer a way for people to paddle a Dragon Boat on most Sunday mornings from April to October.

We currently have two Dragon Boats each of which can accommodate up to 20 paddlers.

Dragon Boats on Loch Ken is a charity registered in Scotland (SCO414432)

When and where we paddle

We are based at Galloway Activity Centre on Loch Ken. We paddle on Sundays from April to October. Normally we meet at the centre at 9:30am, aim to be out paddling from 10am and are generally finished around noon.

Galloway Activity Centre is around 10 miles north of Castle Douglas on the A713.

Postcode: DG7 3NQ

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What is paddling like?

Paddling is a gentle, low impact sport and is suitable for any level of physical fitness. The direction of the boat is controlled by the helm, so paddlers don’t need to worry about where we are going and can stop and start as they are able. Each time we paddle we normally do some combination of exploring the loch and some paddling exercises. When we have both boats out we’ll normally try and have a few fun races!

How can I get involved?

We are always keen to welcome new members and anyone from ages 12+ can come and paddle. There is no upper age limit!

You can come and join a session for a one-off fee of £5 without being a member. Becoming a member costs £35 a year and you can join as many sessions as you want without any additional payment. If you’d like to try joining for a session just e-mail: [email protected] to let us know you are coming.

Do I need to bring anything?

We provide buoyancy aids and paddles. To help get the boats in and out of the water you might need to get your legs wet up to knee level so waterproof shoes and shorts are useful. However, we do launch the boats from a pontoon, so it is possible to avoid this if it is an issue.

Paddlers bring their own water, sun hats, suncream etc.

The café at Galloway Activity Centre also has food and drink.