If you’re looking for a great rowing experience, then Scotland is the place to be. The country is home to some of the best rowing clubs in the world, and each one has something unique to offer its members. Whether you’re looking for an amazing location, top-of-the-line facilities, or rowers of all levels, there’s a Scottish club that’s perfect for you. In this article, we’ll discuss the best rowing clubs in Scotland and what makes them so special.
Glasgow Rowing Club
Founded in 1983, Glasgow Rowing Club is one of the newer clubs in Scotland. The club is located on the River Clyde in Glasgow, and its members compete in a variety of regattas and races each year. In addition to its competitive rowing program, the club also offers a recreational program for those who simply enjoy the sport.
The club is a member of Scottish Rowing, the national governing body for the sport. Scottish Rowing is responsible for promoting and developing the sport at all levels in Scotland. Glasgow Rowing Club is proud to be a part of this organization and is committed to growing the sport in its community.
In recent years, the club has seen an increase in membership, thanks in part to its growing reputation as a welcoming and inclusive community. The club is open to all who wish to learn and enjoy the sport of rowing, and its members are passionate about sharing their love of the sport with others.
Queensferry Rowing Club
Queensferry Rowing Club began to compete against other rowing clubs in the 1950s. The club is based in the town of Queensferry, on the banks of the River Forth. The club has a rich history of success, having won numerous championships and trophies over the years. In recent years, the club has also been involved in community outreach initiatives, such as providing free rowing lessons to local schoolchildren.
The club is piloting a new scheme where they come together as a community to build rowing boats that are then used in their races. Two that have been made are the Ferry Lass and Ferry Maid.
On the 17th of April, 2011, the ferry Lass was launched and had a successful first season full of regattas and casual rowing. She was followed in November 2012 by her sister’s ship Ferry Maid.
The St Ayles skiff design has been used to construct or restore some 100+ boats on the water and/or in the works across Scotland, England, Northern Ireland, the Netherlands, Canada, the US, Australia, and New Zealand — and it is now being utilized for Ferry Lass and Ferry Maid. The notion of a community-constructed boat has captivated people’s interests.
St Andrew Boat Club
The St Andrew Boat Club is one of the oldest rowing clubs in Scotland, having been founded in 1846. It is one of the oldest rowing clubs that I have ever had the pleasure of visiting. The rowing club is thrilled to keep the tradition of rowing through the Union Canal alive.
Starting from their Meggetland boathouse in Edinburgh. Along this 1500m stretch of canal, several schools and university rowing clubs are based here, taking advantage of the excellent training waters with a towpath running nearby for easy coach-to-rower communication. The club has a long and proud history and has produced many outstanding rowers over the years.
Recently, the club has also been working hard to develop its junior programme and engage with the local community. The club is well-respected within the rowing community, and its members are proud to be part of such a historic and successful organisation.
The St Andrew Boat Club plays an important role in the local community, and its members are actively involved in some community projects. The club runs an annual fundraising campaign for local charities, and its members regularly volunteer at schools and youth clubs.
The club also offers free rowing lessons to local children, allowing them to experience the sport for themselves. By engaging with the local community in this way, the St Andrew Boat Club is helping to create a brighter future for everyone.
Inverness Rowing Club is a small yet welcoming rowing club that operates on the Caledonian Canal. They run two of Scotland’s biggest head races (November & February) on what could be argued as some of the best stretches of rowing water in all of Scotland. If you’re an experienced rower, or someone with no experience at all but still has an interest in learning and competing, they would be the perfect club for you to explore.
In an Inverness pub in 1987, a group of 9 largely novice rowers came together to conceive what would eventually be called the Inverness Rowing Club. This bold team sourced a Donoratico VIII from Sons of the Thames RC who needed to get rid of it to make room for their new boat; after putting in much time and effort refurbishing it, they launched it onto the Caledonian Canal on December 12th, 1987 for its first outing with them.
The club’s origins are tied to Caley Marina, where the boat was kept about 300 meters away and a stile, in Jim Hogan’s yard. Despite these challenges, three months later, when the crew took on the Head of the River Race on the historic tideway course, they would find themselves fighting against more powerful water as they battled with Inverness Rowing Club to complete this journey. In April 1988, following the completion of this trip, Inverness Rowing Club was established.
Strathclyde Park Rowing Club is a rowing club located in North Lanarkshire, Scotland. The club was founded in 1992 and is affiliated with British Rowing. Strathclyde Park Rowing Club is based at the Strathclyde Country Park, which is situated on the banks of the River Clyde.
The club has around fifty members of all ages and abilities, and we have access to the finest facilities in Scotland. These include eight 2k racing lanes on a specially built course, as well as the only indoor rowing tank in Scotland and a fleet of approximately 25 boats ranging from training doubles to international class racing sculls.
Throughout the year, teams train on Saturday and Sunday mornings from 10.30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., with more experienced club members getting in the water earlier at 9:00 a.m.In addition, they also train midweek during the summertime on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6:00 p.m to 8: 00 p.m. When it’s not British Summer Time, they trade indoor sessions for outdoor ones.
SPRC is proud to provide members of all levels of expertise with the personal attention and support they need to get the most out of their training. From our complete newcomers through to Junior & Senior sections of the club, recreational groups, and members of the World Class Start Programme who want to one day compete at the Olympic Games, SPRC is dedicated to providing members with courteous service and outstanding facilities!
Strathclyde is not only a training club but also a social one that organizes various events throughout the year. These include post-event dinners, scratch regattas at Christmas and Easter, and their annual awards ceremony dinner (with dancing included of course!).