Kayak Hire in Perthshire

Kayak Hire in Perthshire

£ 15

Perth, Scotland

Taster & Beginner
Family-Friendly, Gear Rental
Minimum age: 6
Perth, Scotland
Cancellation: Strict
Start time(s): 09:00, 10:00, 11:00, 12:00, 13:00, 14:00, 15:00
Duration: 2 hours
£ 15

Activity Highlights:

Refine your paddling prowess with our 2-hour Kayak Hire. Whether you’re polishing up after a taster session or just wanting some tranquil time on the water, our range of kayaks awaits to enhance your skills in a serene lagoon setting.

Key Details

  • Duration: 1 hour (extension on request)
  • Age Range: Suitable for ages 6+, with 6-17s supervised by an adult
  • Price: £15 per person for 1 hour

What to Expect

Upon arrival, you’ll select your vessel—choose from single or tandem kayaks—and after a quick safety briefing, you’re free to explore the calm waters of our lagoon.

This is your time to practice strokes, work on maneuvers, or simply enjoy the peaceful environment at your own pace.


Your kayaking experience is set in the picturesque Willowgate lagoon, a short distance from Perth City Centre. Nestled on the banks of the River Tay and framed by the scenic Kinnoull Hill, Willowgate offers an ideal location for paddlers seeking beauty and tranquility.

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.


Kayak hire is best suited for those with some paddling experience. You should be comfortable with basic paddling techniques and self-rescue skills to ensure a safe and enjoyable time on the water. Under 18s should be accompanied by a responsible adult.

Why Choose Us?

Our kayak hire service is perfect for those looking to practice their skills or enjoy a leisurely paddle in a controlled environment. Our centre is also a great place to meet fellow paddling enthusiasts and pick up some new tips. Choose us for top-quality equipment, stunning natural scenery, and a friendly, supportive atmosphere that caters to paddlers of all levels.

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What's Included:

  • Choice of single or tandem kayak.
  • Buoyancy aid for safety.
  • Safety briefing and guidelines for lagoon use.

What's Not Included:

  • Personal insurance.
  • Water shoes (please bring your own, old trainers will suffice!).
  • Towel.
  • Wetsuit (available to hire for an additional £2.50 per person).


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 kayaking. 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.

We offer a variety of kayaks including both single and tandem models, catering to individual preferences and skill levels for paddlers.

Kayaks can be hired by individuals aged 6-17 when supervised by an adult, and adults aged 18 and over.

Yes, you should be confident with basic paddling skills and self-rescue techniques as the hire is not instructor-led and you are responsible for your safety.

You should bring water shoes or old trainers, a towel, and swimwear to wear under the wetsuit. Don’t forget sunscreen if it’s a sunny day.

Extras / Options

For our rentals, you’ll be responsible for your own safety and should therefore be confident with self-rescues and basic paddling skills. All rentals will be on one of the Willowgate lagoons and will include a buoyancy aid which we require you to wear on the water at all times, as well as shoes. All Under 18’s must be supervised by an adult who will take responsibility for their safety.

Unfortunately at this time we do not allow rental customers to take the paddleboards on the river or offsite. That being said, if you do fancy an adventure, why not check out our guided kayak tours.

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