Watersports in Ayrshire & Arran

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  • Sea kayaking in Brodick Bay
    Sea kayaking in Brodick Bay
  • Kayaks at the sportscotland National Centre in Cumbrae
    sportscotland National Centre

With miles of coastal headlands and sandy strands, Ayrshire & Arran is perhaps one of the most accessible regions to try your hand at some exhilarating watersports.

With a world-class reputation for sailing, the sheltered waters of the Firth of Clyde are favoured not only by yachtsman but those looking for a thrill off the shores of the rugged Isle of Arran or the sandy beaches of Cumbrae and the mainland.

Sea-based

The Isle of Cumbrae itself is home to Scotland’s premier watersports centre. A true adventure playground, you can confidently learn everything from windsurfing to dinghy sailing and yacht cruising in the calm, safe waters surrounding the island.

Powered along by the wind, glide effortlessly across the waters of the Firth of Clyde on a windsurf board and perhaps throw in some freestyle manoeuvres when your confidence and skills start to soar.

Or take to the water and turn your hand to sea kayaking. One of Britain’s fastest growing watersports, sea kayaking allows you to really explore the seas off the Isle of Arran and mainland coastline at your own pace and maybe spot some of the region’s inquisitive marine wildlife in the process.

Discover more about the great range of activities and facilities on the Watersports Coast, an online resource with information on where to find tuition, try an activity and hiring or buying equipment. Explore what's on offer with the interactive map and get details of tide times, weather forecasts, nautical charts, and find out about the key coastal access points.

Inland

You don’t necessarily need to be at the coast to enjoy watersports in Ayrshire & Arran. Within easy reach of Glasgow city centre and many of the region’s main towns lies the Castle Semple Loch Visitor Centre. Nestled in the eastern corner of the Clyde Muirshiel Regional Park, the shallow waters of the loch provide perfect conditions for canoeing and windsurfing.

The centre offers 12 open canoes of varying lengths and 48 assorted kayaks with coaching available to get the most out of your experience.  For adrenaline junkies, try powerboating and zip along the loch on a wheelchair accessible craft or even try one of Scotland’s first aqua-trikes and water zorbing for something more relaxed.

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