Armed with several canoes and led by the valiant Active Stirling staff, some New Scots and a nervous member of staff took the waters of Loch Ard.
Some of the canoers were better than others, with confusion amongst some about whether we were or weren't playing 'bumper boats.' Generally, we were advised to avoid crashing into one another where possible!
Fortunately, after some thoughtful instruction from our guides, we were able to row in fairly straight lines. And for the adventurous amongst us, we even got to try a paddling technique called a 'draw stroke.'
After a quick snack break - the most important part of any day - we felt confident enough to paddle further afield, away from our sheltered practice area. Although cloudy, we were treated to some beautiful views and managed to avoid the rain.
Whilst on the loch, we discussed important topics such as what the Loch Ness monster really looks like and took it in turns guessing ages - always a bad idea!
For a lot of us, this was our first time canoeing, but we had a brilliant time and will definitely be back soon.
Thank you Matt, Ian and Bryony!