Outdoor activities return to Whiteadder Watersports Center

WATER SPORTS definitely return to a Lammermuirs reservoir after four years.

The Whiteadder Watersports Center near Garvald plans to offer sailing, accompanied swim sessions, stand-up paddleboards and sit-on-kayaks, as well as fly fishing, from April to September.

The center briefly opened in August last year for the final months of the season and received good feedback from the public.

Now, following a tender process, the centre, which was previously run by the Scottish Borders Council, has been sub-let and reopened by Whiteadder Watersports Trust, a specially created non-profit charitable trust .

John Hall, chairman of the trust, is among those aiming to encourage people of all ages and abilities to take part in a wide range of water sports.

He said: ‘The center was built with public funds so it is fitting that it operates as a charitable trust rather than on a commercial basis.

“I was involved in setting up the center under the Scottish Borders Council several years ago and it’s great to see it up and running again!

“A variety of after school sessions for the kids are offered and the fly fishing lessons for the youngsters were a great success and the youth groups including Cubs and Beyond Earlston had great sessions.”

The center is located on the north bank of the Whiteadder Reservoir, which straddles East Lothian and the Scottish Borders, on the B6355.

The reservoir is used by Scottish Water to supply around 40,000 customers with 24 million liters of water each day.

Archie Macgregor, land and development manager at Scottish Water, encouraged people to try their hand at a sport on the water.

He said: ‘The Whiteadder Reservoir is still in use for public supply and, while water sports would normally be discouraged, the Scottish Water and Borders Board hopes the center will become a destination for people of all the region to come and enjoy the water while being supervised. We are especially pleased that a local community group is running the center.

For more information, visit whiteadderwatersports.co.uk; the center is open seasonally.

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