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Willowgate to Elcho Castle Paddleboard Tour

Willowgate to Elcho Castle Paddleboard Tour

£ 40

Perth, Scotland

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Beginner
Family-Friendly, Guides & Tours
Minimum age: 8
Perth, Scotland
Max. group size: 6
Cancellation: Strict
£ 40

Activity Highlights:

Embark on a serene paddleboarding journey from Willowgate to Elcho Castle, where the River Tay’s currents gently guide you through Perthshire’s picturesque landscapes. This tour offers a blend of natural beauty and historical wonder, suitable for those who’ve felt the thrill of paddleboarding and seek to explore further.

Key Details

  • Duration: 2 to 2.5 hours
  • Distance: 7km
  • Age Group: Adults (14+), children 8+ when accompanied by an adult
  • Price: £40 per person

Itinerary

Your adventure begins at our Willowgate hub, where we set off downstream, gliding past the majestic Kinnoull Hill and its iconic watchtower.

As seasons change, so do the views—Elcho Castle peeks through summer’s greenery and stands proud against the stark winter backdrop.

Throughout the tour, your experienced guide will be with you, ensuring a memorable and safe experience on the water.

On the return, soak in the grandeur of Kinnoull Hill once more, a sight that never fails to impress.

Location

Located conveniently close to Perth City Centre, our centre rests on the tranquil shores of the River Tay, offering a serene starting point for your paddleboarding experience. With Kinnoull Hill and the lush countryside as your backdrop, the setting is as splendid as the adventure itself.

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.

Prerequisites

While this tour is beginner-friendly, we recommend that you have some basic paddleboarding experience. Comfort with standing and paddling in a straight line will ensure you get the most out of the journey. For those new to the sport, consider joining a taster session to build up your skills before taking the tour.

Please note, this is suitable for those aged 8+, and those aged 8-13 must be accompanied by a paddling adult.

Why Choose Us?

Our centre is a haven for paddleboarding enthusiasts and novices alike, offering top-of-the-line equipment, expert instruction, and a gateway to the stunning River Tay. Whether you’re looking to improve your paddleboarding skills or simply want to enjoy a day out on the water, our tour presents the perfect opportunity to indulge in the tranquility of the river and the beauty of Perthshire’s countryside. Join us for a paddle down to Elcho Castle and back, where each stroke takes you further into the heart of Scotland’s natural grandeur.

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What's Included:

  • Guidance from an experienced paddleboarding instructor.
  • Use of a 13ft Red Paddle Co. Voyager board, a wetsuit and safety equipment including buoyancy aid.
  • Safety briefing and on-water support.
  • Insights into the local history and landscapes.

What's Not Included:

  • Personal insurance.
  • Water shoes (old trainers will suffice).
  • Towels and swimwear for under the wetsuit.
  • Sunscreen for protection during sunny days.

Facilities

Car parking available
Changing rooms available
Showers Available
Toilets

Frequently Asked Questions

Absolutely! We offer this tour on kayaks. You can view and book our range of options at the bottom of this page.

This is a beginner tour, but it is a good idea to have mastered the paddleboarding basics before taking part in this tour – standing up and paddling in a straight line. Our experienced instructors will also guide you through the basics and ensure you’re comfortable on the water. If you’re unsure, you might want to consider one of our taster sessions at the bottom of this page before embarking on this tour.

We recommend swimwear to be worn under the wetsuit we provide. Also, bring a pair of old trainers or water shoes, and don’t forget sunscreen for protection.

Yes, participants must be 8 years of age or older to join in on the paddleboarding fun. Those aged 8-13 must be accompanied by a participating adult.

Safety is our top priority. All participants are provided with wetsuits and safety gear, and our instructors are fully certified and trained in water safety and first aid.

Absolutely. Just drop the adventuro team a line in the online chat, and they will help to arrange a bespoke experience for your group.

We monitor the weather closely and will inform you in advance if conditions are unsafe for paddleboarding. 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 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.

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

Flexible

  • 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 

Moderate

  • You can cancel until 5 days before your 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 

Firm

  • 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

Strict

  • 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