Craggan Outdoors, Trip Advisor’s top rated ‘thing to do’ in Scotland 2009 and finalist ‘Best Visitor Experience’ in the Highlands & Islands Tourism Awards 2009 – is raising money for WATER FOR KIDS
Craggan Outdoors, one of the UK’s leading outdoor activity centres, offers an ideal ‘get away from it all’ environment in which to hold informal group meetings or team-building events. And now this dynamic little business is doing its bit for charity on September 12th 2010. High ropes, zip-wiring, archery, gorge walking, golf, climbing and kayaking may not sound like your average meeting ice-breakers or the contents of your typical office ‘to do’ list, but they’ll certainly allow companies and voluntary organisations to take team building to a new level.
Craggan Outdoors at Grantown on Spey in the Scottish highlands, is a proud supporter of Water for Kids, a small charity which provides safe water, sanitation and health education to children and communities in a number of developing countries. Keith Ballam, Craggan Outdoors’ managing director, who, with wife Jill, took over the business 18 months ago and has transformed how it operates, says: “Being fortunate to live in a beautiful country where we take the provision of safe water and sanitation for granted, at Craggan outdoors we think it right to use the fact that we have a business which uses our abundance of water for leisure purposes, to highlight the developing worlds’ most basic need….the provision of safe water, so we are offering 2 sessions on September 12th, for teams of 6 to compete in some exciting challenging outdoor events for £150 per team including a bbq lunch.”
Based in beautiful Speyside in the Cairngorms National Park, Craggan Outdoors provides one of the widest ranges of outdoor pursuits north of the border, and ended 2009 as Trip Advisor’s top rated ‘thing to do’ in Scotland and its top rated outdoor centre for the UK. It was also the only centre to be shortlisted for ‘Best Visitor Experience’ in the prestigious Highlands & Islands Tourism Awards 2009.
Each activity offered at Craggan, is facilitated by fully trained instructors who are chosen for their people skills as much as their technical abilities. The setting, at the heart of the Scottish Highlands, is idyllic. The scenery is breathtaking and the wildlife fantastic, with the ospreys of nearby Loch Garten often seen visiting the on-site fishing ponds. The golf course is an 18-hole par 3, which, with a round taking just two hours, is an ideal inclusion in a corporate event programme. The majority of activities take place on site, minimising travel time to and from sessions, as well as vehicle-based impact on the environment. And the centre’s cosy licensed Clubhouse Café provides the perfect spot to start, break or end the day.
Keith Ballam is no stranger to the corporate ladder, having held a number of senior posts with major companies in the travel industry, including STA Travel, and Delta Airlines, where he was UK Sales Manager for the Meetings, Incentives, Conference & Events (MICE) sector. He dreamed for a long time of running his own business to a very high standard, and to this end, his corporate experience has been invaluable.
Craggan Outdoors is located one mile south of Grantown-on-Spey, next to the A95 to / from Aviemore. Buses run to Grantown-on-Spey, and trains to nearby Aviemore and Carrbridge. It’s only 45 minutes from Inverness Airport, which is well-served by a number of airlines across England, including Gatwick, Luton, Southampton, Bristol, Exeter, Birmingham and Manchester. It has hosted many groups from south of the border, and pick-up from Inverness Airport can be arranged. For those who prefer to travel by rail, or who want to minimise their carbon footprint, there’s also the sleeper train from London, which stops at Aviemore.
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Notes to editors:
You only have to look at the customer reviews on Trip Advisor to get a flavour of the centre’s popularity and the quality of the experience it offers. It has never received less than five out of five stars, and comments from visitors describe their experience as ‘Amazing’; ‘Wonderful experience of the outdoors’; ‘Absolutely top notch trip’, and ‘Just keeps getting better’.
Craggan Outdoors serves groups from two to sixty plus people, either as day visitors for activities, or residential packages with spacious accommodation, which can sleep up to 33 people. Through its relationship with the nearby Nethy House, the centre is also able to offer residential activity breaks for groups of up to 65. For corporate groups, who may want more comfortable accommodation and meeting rooms available, it’s linked to a range of local hotels, including the local Grant Arms hotel in Grantown on Spey, which has 50 ensuite bedrooms and excellent conference facilities. The nearby Muckrach Lodge Hotel also offers superb accommodation and stunning surroundings. And just across the road from the centre is the Craggan Mill Restaurant, offering diners the comfort and ambience in which to enjoy the finest food and wines
Archery, clay pigeon, climbing & abseiling, golf, gorge walking, high ropes course, kayaking, mini quads, mountain biking, paintball, pony trekking, quad treks, raft building, River Spey canoe trips, white water rafting, zip wire. And to recover, massage treatments or yoga.
Highlands & Islands Tourism Awards 2009: the only outdoor centre shortlisted 'Best Visitor Experience';
Trip Advisor – top-rated 'thing to do' in Scotland 2009;
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