Opened in 1933 by the yacht sailors of the Clyde Cruising Club as a place to learn and practice dinghy sailing.
We are committed to making sailing accessible to anyone in our community. We have a fleet of boats for you to use. We partner with schools and other organizations to get people started.
Our instructors are RYA-qualified for teaching dinghy sailing, power boating and racing. They learned to sail here so you can too.
When you join the dinghy section at Bardowie you also become a member of the Clyde Cruising Club (CCC). Started in 1909, it has grown to become the largest sailing club in Scotland, promoting yacht cruising and racing, and the interests of sailing generally. Although the focus of social events is around the Firth of Clyde, there are members around the world. Cruising races and musters are organized on the Clyde and the West Coast of Scotland, including Scotland's premier regatta for keelboats, the Scottish Series. The club has a long history in publishing sailing directions for most of Scotand's coasts.
Bardowie Loch and its facilities are owned by the Seamanship and Pilotage Trust (SPT), and dinghies bought by the trust to encourage sailing by disabled people are used there. The trust aims to provide facilities and training to support sailing, especially by young and disadvantaged people. It also promotes safety at sea and education in relation to pilotage and navigation. Finally, the trust may help with the preservation of significant historical artefacts connected with the sea and sailing.