Published on : Monday, July 3, 2017
The Galloway Activity Centre will shortly open Scotland’s highest 3G Giant Swing! The Swing will be officially launched by Paula Ward, Visit Scotland’s Regional Director on Sat 8 July at 1030. She will be accompanied by Finlay Carson MSP for Dumfries Galloway and also by a number of Police Scotland Youth Volunteers. Paula and Finlay will trial the swing in front of a large crowd at the Galloway Activity Centre’s annual open day.
The swing is 40 foot high. It can take up to three people on it at a time. It is designed to be completely inclusive and has already been used by a 3 year old as well as a 70 year old! In short, participants mount the swing via a wooden buggy which is then wheeled away to leave them dangling in mid-air. Thereafter, they are winched up to the maximum height of 40 foot. The swing is released by a simple parachute mechanism at any stage during the ascent. Thus, people can go as high or as far and fast as they wish. On release the swing descends at high speed leaving stomachs behind! It is completely safe and because it swings, there is no sensation of whiplash despite the speed of descent.
This new activity compliments a huge range of activities already being run at the centre, both on and off the water. It also compliments the different range of accommodation facilities from Authentic Mongolian Yurts (Glamping) to new Eco Lodges as featured on George Clark’s amazing spaces. The centre aims to provide experiences in a fun, safe and informative environment using highly qualified and dedicated staff.
Galloway activity centre was nominated as the region’s champion for innovation in tourism in 2016. It also maintains trip advisor’s certificate of excellence for the fifth consecutive year as well as being a regional ambassador for sustainability, having gained Gold Status from the Carbon Crichton Centre for its sustainability improvement processes.
New activities and investments in the near future include Scotland’s only night Wild Swim (8 September 2017) and a new underground hobbit house scheduled for 2019!