In at the deep end …

Summer camps, activity days and more: as each holiday comes and goes, more and more ideas pop up to help keep children and families entertained. None more so than an outdoor activity centre overlooking the Isle of May. Our youngest contributor yet, Martha (12) spent a day with them this summer. Here’s her Blog …

I’ve never sailed before. Never been in a canoe or a kayak, so this was something very different for me. I headed to East Neuk Outdoors. It is a family run business in Cellardyke. If you don’t know Cellardyke, it is a tiny old fishing village next to Anstruther in Fife.

They offer a range of activities for individuals, families and groups including their ‘come and try’ sessions, half day, full day or multi day options. I went for a full day session. Our group all got introduced to each other and then we were introduced to our instructor, Niall. He told us that we would be raft building! Niall took us to the centre’s equipment store to get us kitted up so we would be safe for the activity. We wore our own swimming costumes and they provided a warm and long sleeved wet suit, a buoyancy aid and a jacket as we were all a wee bit chilly.

Once we were all ready, we headed to collect what we would need for our activity. Everyone was split into two teams. Niall asked how we wanted to be split up – and we said ‘boys vs girls’! We had three barrels per team and three pieces of wood … and a lot of rope. Niall came round to help if we wanted him to. Once we had finished we set sail. The girls’ unique raft fell to pieces the first time … but we’re pretty sure that it was because the boys got all the help!

After an enjoyable morning, we headed back to base for our packed lunches. We talked and got to know one another better and all decided to stay in the water for the rest of the day as it was now very warm. Niall told us he would get some kayaks and then we could go and have fun doing some challenges in the water.

All afternoon, we splashed in the water and challenges were set that we had to complete. We overcame some fears and had a lot of fun. The group was very surprised when it came to the end of the day. It had all gone very fast. We had all loved the experience very much.

I found it a very enjoyable, challenging and fun day. It was a great experience and I learned new skills. If you would like to try it out, the East Neuk Outdoors team will ensure your time with them is spent learning new skills – like I did – in an enjoyable and safe environment. Thank You East Neuk Outdoors!

And thank you Martha … but don’t just take our word for it – check out their reviews online: all 5 star!

Need more?

The Centre provides experiences tailored to individual and group needs. They offer Kayaking, Open Canoeing, Sea Kayaking, Archery, Bouldering, Bushcraft and Firemaking, Raft Building and Team Building activities. For more information visit their website, email info@eastneukoutdoors.co.uk or call 01333 31037. They are also on Facebook.  Thanks to East Neuk Outdoors for the photos used in this Blog. 

Looking to visit the Isle of May?

The Isle of May bird observatory is Scotland’s oldest, est. in 1934. It is housed in the old lighthouse on the island and is manned by volunteers from April – October. You can visit and even stay – booking are now being taken for 2019. Day trips from Anstruther run almost daily – you can find more via this link.

 

Visiting this area?

Why not stay at the new Catchpenny Safari Lodges between Elie and St Monans? Right on the Fife Coastal Path, these new lodges offer superb safari-style holidays under canvass. We featured them on our Blog earlier in the year: you can read more here.

And if you’re staying in the area, see if your visit coincides with one of the makers’ markets at Bowhouse. The unique venue on the Balcaskie Estate has fast won a reputation for delivering exceptional foodie events – but is also providing a base for local food & drink businesses in the restored farm steading.

They include Langoustine the Box (working with local shellfish fishermen to make langoustine, lobsters and crab available to the public), Minick Butchers (a local artisan business), Keeping the Plot (florist growing cut and edible flowers in the fields around Bowhouse), Bibi’s Little Baking School (local bakery), The Loft at The Mill House (a new enterprise that produces wood fired pizzas on site in a cafe due to open soon [Autumn 2018]), Mara Seaweed (using Bowhouse as a base while they forage for seaweed on the nearby shore) and Fit to the Core (pilates, yoga, fitness classes and nutritional coaching). Also opening soon will be a new mill – operated by the award-winning Scotland The Bread – and a new micro-brewery run by Lucy Hine and Stephen Marshall – East Neuk Organic Brewing & Distilling Ltd.

The upcoming Bowhouse events will feature on our Events page on Facebook so please keep an eye: for info they are 8-9 September, 13-14 October, 10-11 November and 8-9 December. All run from 10am until 4pm and entry is free of charge.

 

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Thanks for reading!