Try Curling @ North West Castle
Curling is an amazing sport that is enjoyed by young and old people alike – you’re never too old to learn! Curling has always been a very social sport offering the chance to make new friends while competing and having fun at the same time.
North West Castle was the first hotel in the world to have its own indoor curling rink, so why not come along and be part of the fun and ‘Try Curling’ or simply come along to improve your curling skills at North West Castle.
Our 'Try Curling' is absolutely FREE! The dates for Try Curling at North West Castle are:
- Wednesday 2nd October 10am to 11am
- Sunday 6th October 5.30pm to 6.30pm
- Friday 11th October 8.20pm to 9.20pm
- Tuesday 15th October 12.20pm to 1.20pm
- Saturday 19th October 3.30pm to 4.30pm
- Monday 21st October 5.00pm to 6.00pm
- Thursday 31st October 2.40pm to 3.40pm
Why not make a break of it and stay at North West Castle? You can enjoy:
- 1,2 3 or more nights accommodation & full Scottish breakfast
- A Try Curling Session on one of the above dates
- 3 course dinner with tea or coffee in the evening
- Book an extra ice session to practice your new skills only £5.00 per session (subject to ice availability)
- Free use of the leisure facilities
Curling is seen a fun and challenging game combining physical and mental skill. It is one of the few sports where all ages, genders and abilities can play together and against each other. Two teams take turns to deliver stones down the ice attempting to get closer to the centre of the target or ‘house’, than their opponents. Each team consists of four players called the lead, second, third and skip, who each deliver two stones in that order. The skips are the team captains and direct each member of their team on which shots to play.
Curling stones are made from granite and weigh around 20kg. The handle allows the stone to be gripped and rotated upon release. ‘Hacks’ are rubber blocks that are fixed at each end of the sheet to give the person delivering the stone something to push against. Stones are provided at all curling rinks.
Curlers ‘sweep’ the ice in front of their team’s stones to melt the ice slightly using a curling brush. This helps the stone to travel further and can influence the direction. Sweeping also helps to clear any debris from the path of the stone. Brushes are available at curling rinks for general use.
Curlers wear special shoes with one sliding sole to allow them to slide down the ice when delivering the stone. Flat rubber soled shoes or trainers are ideal for beginners as step on sliders are available at the curling rink.