Hires and Launching

Fife outdoor education

Hires and Launching

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Public hires run every weekend from April until the end of October and every week day within Scottish school holidays.

Watersports & Bike Hire

If you are a beginner or experienced , you are welcome to  hire from our wide range of watersport equipment. Our water safety team will advise you on suitable equipment and keep an eye on you while you enjoy your activity.

The time given is your LAUNCHING time, so please come 15/20mins early to check in, collect kit and change.

Public Hires
Watersports Hire

Sat & Sun: Sit-ons, Kayaks, Katakanu, Canoe & SUP

13.15 - 17.30 (Oct 16.30)
Mon - Fri during Scottish School holidays : Sit-ons, Kayaks, Katakanu, Canoe & SUP13.15 - 16.30
Bank Holiday: Mon 1st May & Mon 17th July13.15 - 16.30

Bike Hire 

Sat & Sun: Apr – Oct

Mon - Fri Available all year

Available to Hire: Mountain Bikes, Ebike, Tandem, Adaptive Bikes, Tag Along, Trailer and Doggy Trailer

Free trail map with bike hire, or £1 to purchase.

09.30 - 17.30

09.30 - 16.30

Open Water Swimming

Please sign in at Outdoor Education Reception. Swimming is free. Changing room and showers are available for a small charge. We welcome swimmers but occasionally may refuse permission to swim in the case of certain events, a busy water area or very high winds. Avoid the main water sports area which can be busy with sailing boats, safety craft and other users. Swim from the sandy beach towards the island/channel (aim for yellow swim buoy) Please be aware of any bank fishermen in the area. Suggested Routes;

Easy/Intro : Along beach towards, or adjacent, to the red swim buoy

Moderate: Beach to yellow swim buoy (approx 350m)

Hard: Beach to yellow swim buoy and around Todd Island (approx 1.5km)

Swimmers are asked to wear a bright cap and should have one of the following safety measures; Swim floats * Safety kayaker * Buddy * Spotter from shore

Hire Prices

We have a variety of watersports equipment and bikes for hire. Launching your own craft is free, there is facilities charge for use of changing/showers. Where possible showers are available for motorhome visitors but please be aware that we are a busy outdoor centre and group use takes priority 8.30-9.30am and 4.00-5.00pm is often the best available time.

EquipmentAdult 1hrConc 1hrAdult 2hrConc 2hr
Sit-on Kayak (Single)£8.00£4.00£14£7
Sit-on Kayak (Double)£12.00£6.00£20.00£10
Open Canoe£12.00£6.00£20.00£10.00
Katakanu (max 6 people, must include 1 Adult 18+)£15   

Group Kayak Rate

Groups with own instructor (4 or more)

Wetsuit & Cag£4£3£6£4.50
Changing/ShowerAdults - £2U18 - £1

Bike Hire1hr2hrs3hrsFull Day+Full Day
Mountain Bike (Adult)£5£10£15£20£15
Mountain Bike (Concession)£5£5£7.50£10£8
Bike Hire with Tag Along or Trailer£10£12.50£18.50£24£20

Rules of the Water - Loch Ore

Loch Ore is  a managed multi-use water area. Public equipment launching, watersports hire and open water swimming is at the discretion of Outdoor Education Fife.

Bank fishing permits can be purchased from the Willie Clarke centre.

Please be aware there is no lifeguard or water safety cover other than for paid hires.

All water users must be considerate towards others and those launching at their own risk must have suitable equipment and be able to make sound decisions based on the conditions.

  1. No powered craft (petrol or electric) are allowed to launch at any time.
  2. Please keep clear of Whaup and Moss Islands, and the nature sanctuary at the West end of the loch.
  3. Canoes, kayaks and SUPs should launch from the pebble beach. Sailing dinghies can use the slipway if they check at the OE centre.
  4. Inflatable toys should stay within the play and swim zone marked by the red bouy at the sandy beach.
  5. Public hires stay within the watersports area.
  6. You may land on Tod Island, but please stay off the equipment and take any rubbish home with you. Groups that wish to stay overnight or have a campfire must gain approval from the OE centre.
  7. Loch Ore is not suitable for kitesurfing. Pettycur Bay (Kinghorn) and West Sands (St Andrews) are the most suitable local venues.
  8. Launching craft on the loch is AT YOUR OWN RISK and does not carry insurance cover. Users are recommended to obtain appropriate liability and accident cover.

Bouyancy Aids : It is recommended that most watersports users will wear suitable bouyancy aids, or form of bouyancy.