Watersports in Argyll & The Isles

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  • Children bodyboarding at Kiloran Bay, Isle of Colonsay
    Children bodyboarding at Kiloran Bay, Isle of Colonsay
  • Sailing in the Firth of Clyde, near Dunoon
    Sailing in the Firth of Clyde, near Dunoon
  • Sea kayakers explore the coastline around Castle Stalker, near Appin
    Sea kayakers explore the coastline around Castle Stalker, near Appin
  • Surfing at Balephuil Bay, Isle of Tiree
    Surfing at Balephuil Bay, Isle of Tiree
  • Yacht racing on Loch Fyne during the Scottish Series Yacht Race
    Yacht racing on Loch Fyne during the Scottish Series Yacht Race

Miles of rugged coastline, stunning sea lochs and breathtaking beaches make Argyll & The Isles one of the world’s most exhilarating watersports destinations.

Sailing

With more coastline than France, Argyll & The Isles is truly a world-class sailing destination. You can charter a yacht and sail to the islands, opt for a skippered cruise in more sheltered waters or enjoy a quiet day’s sailing on a calm sea loch. With a range of sailing options, you have the freedom to do as much or as little as you want, depending on your experience or preferences. You can also take sailing lessons at one of region’s many sailing schools.

Sea kayaking

Sea kayaking is a great way to explore the rugged coastline of Argyll & The Isles and the region has some of the finest waters in the world for this sport. Paddling through clear waters you may be able to catch sight of a pod of dolphins or a seal colony, and there are also lots of ancient, religious and historical monuments along the way.

Both short and full day experiences are available near Oban, Lochgilphead and Lochgoilhead. Alternatively, Sea Kayak Scotland, based on the Isle of Seil, near Oban, will organise a trip tailored to your group so all you have to decide is which islands to explore.

Surfing and windsurfing

Low lying and windswept, Tiree is a mecca for surfers, kite surfers and windsurfers. One of the sunniest places in Britain, this ‘sunshine island’ hosts the Tiree Wave Classic, an exhilarating event attracting surfing talent from around the world, making it a surfer’s paradise.

There are also some great breaks off Machrihanish on the Kintyre peninsula. With beaches so quiet there is no competition for surf, you might even find yourself totally alone. Unique coves and reefs are perfect for exploring and fantastic scenery provides a wonderful backdrop to your day in the fresh air.

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