Thursday, 29 March 2012

Glencoe Activities

 It looks so wrong, but it feels so right. That's probably the best way we can think of describing segways - one of the latest experiences to be available through Glencoe Activities. For a start picture the look on the faces of the motorists on their way to Oban as they see this sight just over the other side of the wall. They obviously didn't know what to make of it!

A few of us managed to sneak away from Clachaig on another glorious summer-like spring morning and popped down to the Dragon'sTooth Club House for a shot on the segways. You can visibly see the apprehension on people's faces before they step aboard. However, with the expert instruction from our guide, the transformation to a big toothy grin is almost instantaneous, and you very quickly get to grips with the bizarre looking machines.

 Within minutes we were off. A little bit of time getting to grips with basic forwards, backwards, stop, start, on, off,and then slightly more challenging manoeuvres - getting up and down inclines.

But as you can see, with a bit of faith in the instructions and suddenly you've got an offroad adventure on your hands.


The setting at the Dragon's Tooth Golf Course is ideal for the segways with plenty of flat smooth grassy terrain to get you started and plenty of more challenging tracks for when the big grin appears on your face. And catch it on a day as good as when we visited, and quite simply, it's stunning.


Glencoe Activities provide a wide range of other activities based both at the Dragon's Tooth, and at nearby locations.  We ran out of time on this visit to have a go at the archery and the crate stacking (I can feel a bit of a competition coming on), but hopefully we'll be back soon, with eyes firmly set on some canyoning at Inchree.


And with all the fantastic weather we've been enjoying lately, there's a real buzz at Clachaig now as the season begins to pick up. Some much to do.... The tick list for the coming summer season is growing rapidly.

As far as segways go, the advice must be put those inhibitions to one side, get yourself out there and get yourself a huge toothy grin on your face down at the Dragon's Tooth.

I wonder..? Glenachulish to Oban by segway?!