Watersports in Aberdeen City and Shire

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  • People enjoy the sunshine on Balmedie Beach
    Balmedie Beach
  • Man walks his dogs along St Cyrus beach
    St Cyrus beach
  • Two surfers look out to sea from the Beach Boulevard on the outskirts of the city centre of Aberdeen
    Two surfers at Beach Boulevard hoping to catch some waves

If you are looking for a watersports adventure then look no further than Aberdeen City and Shire, the perfect place for your adrenaline-filled trip. With its miles upon miles of pristine golden beaches, as well as fast flowing rivers, the region is perfect for a range of activities from surfing and sailing to diving.


Thanks to a favourable shoreline wind, this area of Scotland is one of the country’s best-kept secrets for surfing enthusiasts.

The long golden beaches of Aberdeen City and Shire are the perfect setting to surf the crashing waves coming from the North Sea. Whether you are a novice or an expert there are a range of surfing options for all experiences.

The two-mile long Aberdeen beach is a popular location to ride the waves or for beginners to take a short training session with a tutor. These friendly and easy-going classes also take place on the shoreline off Banff or close to the fishing village of Sandend.

Kite-based sports, such as power kiting and kite surfing are also popular on this north eastern Scottish coast.

Other watersport adventures

From flat sheltered water, lochs and reservoirs, to the bouncy rapids of the Dee and Don rivers, there are plenty of opportunities to enjoy a variety of other watersports in Aberdeen City and Shire.

The region has a variety of sites offering every grade of kayaking from gentle sheltered water to steep white water rapids, whilst lochs and lochans offer sheltered and safe locations for novices.

There is also a fantastic variety of canoeing sites within Aberdeen City and Shire. The Rivers Dee, Don, Deveron, Spey, Ythan and Esk offer something for every level of ability from gentle sheltered water to steep white water rapids. The gentle waters of lower lying lochs provide the ideal training ground for those starting off.

For the ultimate adrenaline fuelled activity and natures great white knuckle ride experience the thrill of the rushing white water in the River Dee or Spey. Rafting is not always on white water, float trips on gentle calm water are an excellent and relaxing way of exploring rivers and viewing wildlife.