Country’s first human slingshot unveiled

Lizzy Farley on the slingshot
Lizzy Farley on the slingshot

The latest crazy attraction to lure tourists to Galloway was unveiled by an Olympic gold medallist this week.

The 70mph human slingshot at Laggan Outdoor near Gatehouse will launch its victims 80 metres forward in a huge catapult 20 metres above the ground.

And world champion gold medallist, Lizzy Yarnold MBE, was on-hand with Hamish the Haggis to witness the thrilling contraption for herself, despite being unable to take part due to her training regime.

Lizzy swapped the Skeleton for the slingshot as she carefully strapped a six foot haggis into position to experience the unique activity.

The slingshot launch-pad sits high on a hill on farmland above the activity centre and consists of two vertically erected, thick wooden poles and a 130m long bungee sling. Daredevils are strapped safely into a harness then pulled 55m backwards while anticipation looms.

It is the creation of the centre’s owner, Duncan McConchie, and David Yates, a local engineer.

Following several refusals from building companies Duncan held meetings with David Yates and drew up a blueprint for the ultimate natural high, contracting a digger to secretly build the structure during a week in April this year.

Lizzy Yarnold MBE, said: “It has been an awesome day here at Laggan Outdoor Activity Centre and I’m really pleased to be able to launch the UK’s largest Human Slingshot.

“It’s about as close as you can get to sliding at 90mph down an ice track! I’m just gutted I couldn’t have a go as I’m in training, but it looked immense, and I hope I can come back sometime in the future and try it for real, any activity to get the adrenalin flowing gets my vote!”

Duncan added: “I’m absolutely delighted that Lizzy Yarnold has helped launched the World’s Largest Human Slingshot and in Scotland’s Year of Food and Drink it’s quite fitting a haggis should be hurled!

“It is a truly incredible experience and there is nowhere in the world where you can be flung as far as you can with this, and in such a way that gets the adrenalin really pumping.

“I’m proud to have created a new activity for the UK, against the challenges we faced, and I look forward to welcoming visitors to Laggan Outdoor Activity Centre to enjoy an awesome, new and unique experience.”

Innovative ideas are nothing new to Duncan McConchie who invested £100K into the introduction of the UK’s longest zip wire (820m) in April 2012. Since then 20, 000 people, from all over the world, including his 96 year old Grandmother, have had a go.