The Edge Watersports at The Cranagh Activity Centre

Published on: 19/02/23

We love exploring the wonderful scenery and activities across the UK, and as if anyone needed a reminder, that includes Northern Ireland as well! We know those lucky enough to live in Northern Ireland’s six counties will need no reminding of this, but you never know, we may have found an adrenaline filled destination this week that even you locals may not have discovered yet! And for those based across the water, Northern Ireland’s only a quick ferry hop from plenty of ports in Northern England and Scotland, so what are you waiting for?

In keeping with our “why let winter keep you indoors?” mantra, we’ve found a fantastic venue packed with wet water thrills to chase any late lingering winter blues away! The perfect destination for watersports enthusiasts, The Edge Watersports is located at The Cranagh Activity Centre just outside Coleraine, close to the dramatic north Londonderry coastline. Well connected as well, it’s just a 10 minute drive from Portrush and Portstewart, and around an hour fom Belfast.

A Taste for Adventure

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With over 26 years’ experience providing fun and accessible activities for individuals, families and groups, The Edge Watersports is the number one watersports destination on the North Irish Coast. Based on the banks of the stunning Lower Bann Estuary, owners Rob, Joan and the whole welcoming team have won many awards, including Services to Sport, the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence, and Travellers Choice Award as well as being voted The North Coast’s Tourism Attraction of the Year annually since 2016!

Activities on offer include waterskiing, wakeboarding, stand-up paddleboarding, kayaking and canoeing, all delivered by qualified and experienced staff. Experienced adventurers are welcome to bring your own equipment, however none is required all is supplied in the price, including waterproof phone covers, wetsuits and buoyancy aids, plus fully qualified, experienced and friendly staff. Just a towel and swimming costume are recommended for some activities plus a sense of adventure!

Plunge in the Activities

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Waterskiing and Wakeboarding: Whether looking to learn a new sport or improve your technique, at Northern Irelands only Waterski and Wakeboard School, you’ll also make new friends and benefit from a full body workout! Complete novice or advanced free skier or board rider, there are options available to suit everyone, from 15 minute taster sessions and one to one lessons from experienced, qualified coaches who specialise in introducing people to waterskiing and wakeboarding, up to multi hour and fun group sessions with up to four participants at a time.

Age is no barrier with kids from 4 years old right up to individuals in their 80s getting on the water. With innovative technology, such as Bluetooth waterski helmets and the latest equipment, there is nowhere better to learn. Refreshingly inclusive there is also a range of accessible equipment for those with disabilities, including a seated ski, triple bar and delgar sling.

Paddleboarding: Get involved in the fastest growing water sport worldwide. Stand-up paddleboarding is very easy to get the hang of, and you can relax knowing The Edge’s experienced staff are there to get you on your feet. Book into a guided session (up to 6 people), or hire the equipment and choose your own paddleboard adventure in the Lower Bann Estuary’s beautiful scenery, paddling south through the historic town of Coleraine, or north towards The Barmouth, through the Lower Bann Area of Special Scientific Interest.

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Kayaking: Thanks to The Edge’s fleet of single and double kayaks available, you can head out as an individual or group to enjoy over six miles of beautiful Bann Estuary. Explore, relax and see things from a completely different perspective, including unique views of wildlife hidden from dry land, happy to share their habitat with other water travellers. Book into a guided sessions, or hire the equipment and go exploring yourselves.

: The Edge’s fleet of six Canadian Canoes are perfect for enjoying the beautiful scenery along the length of the Lower Bann Estuary. Head to the internationally renowned bird sanctuary just a mile down river, and thrill if you spot local inhabitants like seals and otters popping up as you paddle along. Canoes are available as singles, or rafted pairs if you prefer to feel a bit more stable! You can paddle alone, with a coach or accompanying member of staff, or in a group.

It can be easy to forget you have to return to dry land at some point! But when you do, there’s plenty more on offer at the Cranagh Complex and Marina, including boat hire, waterside walks, and onsite watersports shop, with the iconic Cranagh Coffee Shop and Restaurant serving up tempting home baked treats. There’s even a range of accommodation options, including cabins, mobile homes and luxury glamping pods, electric hook up points for motor homes, and tented wild camping area. With plenty for all ages at one of the most iconic sites on the North Coast, get ready to experience some famous Northern Irish hospitality and adventure!

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