All summer the sun has been shining and so what better way to make great memories than by doing fun, water based activities by the lochside! We at Cooper Cottages spent the day in beautiful Lochearnhead, more specifically at the Loch Earn Wakeschool – a fantastic water sports centre with a diverse range of fun activities to try!
The first activity that we decided to try out was an hour of Kayaking on the stunning Loch Earn! Kayaking is defined as a water sport that involves paddling using a double-bladed oar within a light, narrow boat that has both ends tapered to a point – known as a kayak. The great thing about the kayak boats was that there were various sizes, suitable for either a single person to use or to have two people on a single boat for double the fun! We were given the necessary equipment such as a wetsuit and a life jacket along with an introductory lesson and a safety brief since we were first timers. When setting out in our kayaks, we were amazed by the breath-taking view of Loch Earn and the surrounding scenery. We were also able to spot a couple of houses hidden within the greenery and you want to know the best part about the kayaks? There was a separate built in, waterproof compartment within the kayak to store your phone in, making it perfect to take as many pictures and videos as possible!
The second activity we then embarked on was an hour of Wakeboarding on the stunning Loch Earn! If unfamiliar with this activity, wakeboarding is a water sport that involves the rider standing on a wakeboard (kind of like a surfboard) that is being towed behind a motorboat across the waters. It almost looks like your skating on water! As with the kayaking, we were given the appropriate equipment such as a wetsuit, a life jacket and an introductory dry land lesson since this was our first time attempting to wakeboard. Before heading out, our lovely instructor Graham informed us that one of the most important things to learn is which foot should be the leading one as this varies depending on the person. The next step was to try and stand up on the board which is easier said than done! A final piece of advice that was given to us was to keep our arms straight when the rope was being tugged and to shift most of our weight to our leading foot!
In between the two activities, we decided to regain some of our energy back by grabbing a bite to eat. One of the most convenient things about the Loch Earn Wakeschool was that it is next door to the Clachan Cottage Hotel, which offers a variety of meals! Although we only participated in two activities, there are other fun activities that the Wakeschool offers such as the Stand Up Paddle Board, a Speed Boat trip around Loch Earn and gliding through the waves on Inflatable Ringo rides!
The Loch Earn Wakeschool is the perfect place to spend the day with your friends or family for the summer! If looking for a place to stay that is walking distance from the Wakeschool, check out Earnbank, Lochearnhead. Earnbank sleeps up to 6 guests and has a loch side seating area that is perfect for long evenings looking out over Loch Earn.
We had a fantastic time at the Loch Earn Wakeschool and would like to thank our amazing instructor Graham for making this experience enjoyable for all of us! I would highly recommend to spend your summer here and to soak up the sunshine while it lasts!