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View the official guide to adventure activities in Scotland

Dinghy sailing, North Berwick
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Looking for a new summer challenge? Make a splash with these watersports.

Scotland is a paradise for watersports adventurers. Over 10,000 km of coastline, numerous beautiful rivers and sparkling lochs make Scotland one of the most spectacular watersports destinations in Europe. You will discover outdoor activities all year round, perfect for watersport enthusiasts.

There are lots of high quality outdoor activity centres and watersports companies operating throughout the country, each offering a wide range of activities. They are perfect for family holidays, school groups, corporate days out, team building and stag and hen weekends.

So whether you are surfing Atlantic swells, rafting a grade 5 river, sea kayaking around the islands of the west coast or diving amongst the sunken wrecks of a German First World War battle fleet, you are in for a thrilling adventure.

  • Two people sea kayaking at Bow Fiddle Rock
    Bow Fiddle Rock, Portknockie
Two canoeists paddle past the Scottish Crannog Centre on Loch Tay, Kenmore


Discover the best places to canoe in Scotland, both inland and in coastal waters.

A man sea kayaking around the Isle of Barra


Choose from paddling in crystal-clear coastal waters or surging down river rapids when you try kayaking in Scotland.

Surfing at Balephuil Bay, Isle of Tiree


With miles of coastline and some of the best swells and reef breaks in Europe, Scotland is the ideal surfing destination.

Wakeboarding at Town Loch, Dunfermline

Water skiing & wakeboarding

Make a splash during your time in Scotland and try water skiing and wakeboarding in some fantastic locations.

Group of rafters race on the River Spey

White water rafting

Challenge nature and your friends to an adrenaline filled day with a fantastic white water rafting experience.

A boy takes a leap of faith into the water while canyoning in North Glen Sannox on the Isle of Arran


Get your adrenaline pumping on a canyoning adventure in Scotland where you'll scramble, jump and abseil over rocks.

Zapcatting near St Andrews with Blown Away Adventures © Blown Away

Power boating & jet skiing

Discover the thrill of flying across water at high velocity on a power boating or jet skiing experience and find training centres where you can learn to master these speedy vessels for yourself.

Two divers on the surface of Loch Duich look towards Eilean Donan Castle


The thousands of miles of coastline, numerous islands and countless shipwrecks make Scotland one of the best places in the world to go diving. Discover old steam ships and remnants of the First World War German fleet.

A man clings to a rock face on a coasteering trip near Oban, Argyll © Stramash Social Enterprise www.stramash.org.uk


Discover more about coasteering in Scotland, a thrilling activity where you navigate across cliff-lined coasts and plunge into frothy seas below.

A man on a stand up paddleboard in the waters of Crail Harbour, Fife. Image supplied by paddlesurfscotland.com

Stand up paddleboarding

Find some great locations across Scotland where you can try stand up paddleboarding, or SUP. You'll soon discover why people all over the world are getting hooked to this new water-based activity!

Tubing on river rapids along the River Tummel in Perthshire

Adventure tubing

Enjoy the adrenaline rush of adventure tubing and find providers and activity centres across Scotland.

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Sea kayaking

Sea kayaking is a great way to discover the delights of Scotland and explore cliffs, caves, tunnels and secluded beaches.


Enjoy the thrill of windsurfing in Scotland and discover opportunities both inland and by the coast.