East Sutherland Canoe club was formed in 1977 by John MacDonald of Brora, Mike Small Brora and Gordon Mackie of Dornoch with three fibreglass canoes and a donation of second-hand canoes from the Army enabling the club to introduce others to the sport.
In 1981 Mike Small qualified as a senior instructor and took groups out on local rivers,and further afield to the Ness and the Spey
In 1982 the club had a huge setback when their canoes which were stored at the luncheon hut on Loch Brora along with the local scout groups equipment was destroyed by fire.
The club then set out to fund raise and seek grant aid to replace the lost canoes and after a tremendous effort and various sources of funding and grants were able to purchase a new fleet of fibreglass canoes and accessories.
Several years later in 1989 under club instructors Bruce Shelley and Richard Gale the club acquired a fleet of new Prijon T slalom plastic canoes and the club went from strength to strength.
During this period the club had the use of the Drill Hall in Golspie as the club store and many new members were introduced to the club, with regular outings to local rivers and coastal trips and surf spots.
Further fundraising and sponsorship in 1993 enabled the club to acquire a fleet of Euro Kayak Cyphers and this was followed in 1995 by the purchase of a fleet of Probe canoes.
In 1996 further sponsorship enabled the club to purchase a fleet of Ina Zones and a purpose built trailer
By combining resources with other clubs in East Sutherland the Canoe club was able with the help of a lottery grant to refurbish the former gas works manager's house in Golspie and build a new store adjacent to the harbour this has provided an excellent base right on the water and many other groups have been able to take advantage of the facilities the club provides.
The most recent addition to our fleet of kayaks has been a Topo Duo two man whitewater boat.