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Do I need to be able to swim?
Yes, all participants need to be competent swimmers
What is the minimum age?
8 years old with an adult on the double kayaks.
10 years old for the single kayaks or paddle boards
How do i pay?
Either online payment through the website booking system, by bank transfer or cash.
Will i get wet?
Your lower half will get wet on the kayaks and you are likely to get very wet on the paddleboards.
What should i wear?
Most folk wear wetsuits. In warm weather, you may be OK with light weight leggings. Please don't wear heavy clothes such as jeans or wool. Wetsuit trousers are available for hire at £5 per pair. Old trainers are recommended if you plan to explore the two islands.
What is included in the hire?
All hires include buoyancy aid, paddle and dry bag. Full day paddleboard hires also include a bag and hand pump. Extras for an additional fee include wetsuit trousers, an electric paddleboard pump, soft roof rack and C-Tug kayak trolleys.
Is it suitable for beginners?
Loch Keose can be a good place for beginner paddlers because there are no tides and currents. But when there is wind, it can be challenging for paddlers to get back to the launch area. A full refund is offered in the case of strong winds. If in doubt don't go out.
Grey Goose Kayaks is an unsupervised, hire only service. There is no instruction, guiding and no rescue boat. It is usually peaceful on the loch and paddlers often have it to themselves. If paddlers are unable to return to the launch area, they can leave their equipment anywhere on the edge of the loch and walk back over rough terrain. Just let us know where to collect it from later on.
What can we do on Loch Keose?
Paddlers on the loch spend their time differently, such as trying headstands on a paddleboard, or racing against friends but most just relax and enjoy the peace and tranquility. For those who like to explore, the loch offers two islands. One has old ruins on it and it is said that a previous church minister had his still on the island to avoid the tax-man. The second island is a hidden gem with taller trees and sense of seclusion towards the far end of the loch. Both islands have good secluded picnic spots but can be overgrown with bracken and brambles. Old trainers are recommended. There are also other smaller lochs to explore by foot nearby and there are ruins of an old water mill.
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