Try Skating and get Scotland rolling

Heel-brake hell! Need to get it sorted?

Skate Class


  • Is this your problem?
  • Can skate, can't stop?
  • Holding everyone back?
  • Can't get the hang of it?
  • Lost confidence?
  • Hopeless on hills?
  • Everyone laughs?
  • Thinking of chucking it?

Read the book and watch the demo. Still haven't cracked it? Well here is an another chance to join the HEEL-BRAKE CLINICwhere help is at hand for the skater that still needs to master stopping.

The HEEL-BRAKE CLINIC is an opportunity to

  • Improve technique
  • Build confidence.
  • Learn to stop on hills.
  • Master difficult surfaces.
  • Experience stopping on the streets.

Always check before travelling in case dates or times have changed or the clinic is weather cancelled.

Dates & start times posted on the lessons page of the TrySkating website.


Heel-Brake Stance

Here's a photo of the Inline Planet's very own Kathy McSparran demonstrating the classic scissor stance when using the heel-brake.

What you need to know.

  • Meeting place?
  • At Silverknowes Roundabout on Marine Drive. Please come early to fit skates and put on pads.
  • How much? The clinic costs 5 payable on the day. Book in advance to reserve a place. (This is not a drop in session).
  • How long? At least a skating hour.
  • I can't stop at all? That is exactly why you should come.
  • Can I hire skates? Yes you can but you need to order two days before at the latest. 07733 276 902 is the number to call or text. Hire charge of 3 includes safety pads but not a helmet.
  • What do I need to wear? Safety pads and a helmet are recommended. You skate without them at your own risk. Skates with a heel-brake fitted. Bring warm clothing in case it is cold.
  • I'm not coming by car. Is there anywhere to leave my backpack? Yes, you can leave your backpack/shoes/etc, in Don's van while you skate. Don't forget to pick up your possessions before you leave.
  • Travelling by Public Transport? Take number 42 bus.
  • Any services nearby? Cafe and pay toilets on the front.
  • What if it is raining? We do not skate in the rain. If it is one of those Scottish weather days that looks as if it might/might not rain and you are not sure whether to travel 'phone 07733 276 902 to find out if the Heel-Brake Clinic is on.


Don't forget skating is a balancing activity. You skate at your own risk. Wear your safety pads and a helmet at all times. You have a duty of care to yourself as well as to others.