Katakanu Hire in Perthshire

Katakanu Hire in Perthshire

£ 35

Perth, Scotland

Taster & Beginner
Family-Friendly, Gear Rental
Minimum age: 3
Perth, Scotland
Cancellation: Strict
Start time(s): 09:00, 10:00, 11:00, 12:00, 13:00, 14:00, 15:00
Duration: 1 hours
£ 35

Activity Highlights:

Set sail on a unique aquatic adventure with our Katakanu Hire! These spacious and stable vessels are perfect for a family outing or a fun get-together with friends on the water.

Key Details

  • Duration: 1 hour (extension on request)
  • Age Requirement: Suitable for ages 3 and up, with under 18s accompanied by an adult
  • Price: £35 for the whole Katakanu – seats up to 6

What is a Katakanu?

A Katakanu is an innovative boat that merges the stability of a catamaran with the paddling fun of a canoe. This twin-hulled watercraft seamlessly accommodates up to six passengers, making it a fantastic choice for groups of various sizes and abilities, including those with little ones or individuals needing additional support.

What to Expect

Your hour with the Katakanu can be as relaxed or as active as you choose.

Paddle around our serene lagoon, take turns navigating, or simply enjoy the ride and the company. It’s a delightful way to bond and make memories while floating on the gentle waters.

Alternatively, you might choose to go further afield and explore the River Tay. Let us know when you book if this is your plan so we can extend your hire time.


Your Katakanu experience takes place at Willowgate, located in the lush heart of Perthshire, near the Perth City Centre. Our centre offers a peaceful lagoon setting on the banks of the River Tay, providing an ideal spot for safe and scenic water activities.

We will send you the precise meeting point upon booking, but you can view our location on the map at the bottom of this page, and there is more information on how to reach us in the FAQs on this page.


No prior paddling experience is necessary. The Katakanu offers a stable platform that’s very forgiving for beginners. It’s designed to keep you dry and onboard, so jump in with confidence! This is fun for all ages, with those aged 3+ welcome, with under-18s accompanied by a paddling adult.

Why Choose Us?

We provide a perfect blend of relaxation and adventure, suitable for all ages and skill levels. Our Katakanu hire offers an affordable and fun way to explore the water together. With our beautiful lagoon, quality equipment, and the stunning backdrop of Kinnoull Hill, our centre is the place to be for outdoor enthusiasts looking for safe, family-friendly fun on Scotland’s longest river. Join us to paddle, laugh, and enjoy the beauty of Perthshire’s natural landscape from the best seats on the water!

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What's Included:

  • Katakanu hire for up to six people per boat.
  • Buoyancy aids for all participants.
  • Safety briefing before you set off.

What's Not Included:

  • Personal insurance.
  • Water shoes (required for all participants - old trainers will do!).
  • Wetsuit hire (available for an additional £2.50 per person).
  • Supervision for under 18s, which must be provided by a responsible adult.


Car parking available
Changing rooms available
Showers Available

Frequently Asked Questions

The centre is located in the heart of Perthshire, a short distance from Perth City Centre. You can find us on the banks of the River Tay, with signage to guide you in from major routes.

We will send you the precise address and postcode upon booking, but here is a summary to help you plan your visit:

  • By Foot: From Perth City Centre, you have two options:
    • Take the scenic riverside walk from Rodney Gardens, noting it can be muddy in winter or a wildflower path in summer. Be mindful of high tide times, as the path isn’t accessible one hour either side of high tide. This path’s conditions can vary.
    • For a firmer path, cross South Street bridge, turn right onto Dundee Road, and follow the pavement directly to the centre.
  • By Car: Use the postcode provided Sat Nav.
    • From Dundee, take A90, then A85, staying on Dundee Rd and look for brown tourist signs.
    • From Perth, go over South Street bridge, right on Dundee Rd/A85.
    • From Edinburgh, take M90, exit at Junction 11 for A85, and follow the signs.
  • By Bike: A cycle lane is available along Dundee Road, suitable for experienced cyclists. You can also follow the riverside walk, but may need to dismount in places. Secure bike storage is planned for the future.
  • By Bus: Perth City Centre has bus stops about a 40-minute walk from our centre. A limited bus service stops at Walnut Grove, a 5-minute walk away, and an electric bus stop is directly outside our centre. Check Google Maps for the latest schedules and stops with the provided postcode.

We monitor the weather closely and will inform you in advance if conditions are unsafe for katakanu-ing. We can reschedule your session for a later date if this is the case. However, a bit of rain and a grey sky won’t stop us. We will only reschedule if the conditions are unsafe.

The cost of hiring a Katakanu is £35, which includes the rental of the entire boat for up to six passengers, buoyancy aids for all participants, and a safety briefing prior to departure. If you wish to hire a wetsuit, this is an additional £2.50 per person.

A Katakanu is a hybrid vessel combining the features of a catamaran and a canoe. It has two parallel hulls linked together, providing exceptional stability and space for up to six people, unlike a standard canoe which typically holds one or two paddlers and has a single hull.

No boating experience is necessary. Katakanus are designed for stability and ease of use, making them accessible for beginners and experienced paddlers alike.

Participants should wear comfortable clothing suitable for the weather, shoes that can get wet, and swimwear under a wetsuit if you choose to rent one. It’s also recommended to bring sunscreen and a towel.

Yes, Katakanu hire is suitable for individuals aged 3 and above. However, all under 18s must be accompanied and supervised by a responsible adult.

Safety is a top priority. All participants must wear the provided buoyancy aids, and a safety briefing is given before heading out on the water. Additionally, all under 18s must have adult supervision.

Extras / Options

If you’re wondering, “What is a Katakanu?”, then you’re not alone. These unusual craft are two canoes attached together, catamaran style, allowing you to fit up to 6 people onto the one magnificent vessel.

Rent it for an hour to paddle around our lagoon, or, if you are feeling lazy, lie in the middle and let the others do all the hard work! This is the perfect craft if you have wee ones, as long as they fit into one of our buoyancy aids, they can enjoy some water fun too!

This is a pretty stable craft, so unless you throw yourself in the water, you’re not likely to get really wet. On a warm day, shorts and t-shirts should be just fine, however, wetsuits are available to hire if you want.

The price is for the hire of the whole boat, so it works out to be a very cost effective way of getting up to 6 people out on the water!

How it works: 

  1. Make a booking.
  2. The centre will accept your booking, usually within an hour or two.
  3. Pay for the booking to confirm it.

If you have specific questions, please put them in the comments section, and the centre will answer before you pay.

If something isn't right or if there are no dates available, then send us a message in the live chat.

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Cancellation Policy


  • You can cancel until 48 hours before your booking for a full refund
  • If you cancel after that, you’ll pay 50% up to 24 hours beforehand and the full amount after 24 hours 


  • You can cancel until 5 days before yoru booking for a full refund
  • If you cancel after that, you’ll pay 50% up to 48 hours beforehand and the full amount after 48 hours 


  • To receive a full refund, you must cancel at least 14 days before their booking
  • If you cancel between 7 and 14 days before your booking, you’ll pay 50% of the cost
  • If you cancel less than 7 days before the booking starts, you’ll pay the full amount


  • To receive a full refund, you must cancel at least 30 days before your booking
  • If you cancel between 7 and 30 days before your booking, you’ll pay 50% of the cost
  • If you cancel less than 7 days before the booking starts, you’ll pay the full amount
  • You can also receive a full refund if you cancel within 48 hours of paying, if the cancellation occurs at least 14 days before the booking starts