Watersports in the Scottish Borders

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  • Two walkers on the clifftop overlooking the Harbour of St Abbs, a village north of Eyemouth
    St Abbs Harbour, north of Eyemouth
  • Looking over the A708 road as it skirts St Mary's Loch
    St Mary's Loch
  • Two walkers by the River Tweed, near Dawyck
    The River Tweed, near Dawyck

The Scottish Borders is a great location for an adrenaline fuelled watersports adventure. With pristine coastal waters, fast flowing rivers and tranquil lochs, make the region perfect for a range of activities from surfing and sailing to diving.


If you’ve ever wanted to try surfing then head to the coastal waters around Dunbar and Eyemouth. Here you will find a number of surf schools where you can rent wetsuits and equipment, or take lessons to really improve those skills! Why not try stand up paddle boarding? This new variation in surfing is ideal for beginners.


There are some superb scuba diving opportunities around the pristine coastal waters of the Scottish Borders. The waters off the Berwickshire coast are highly rated by marine biologists and there are some fantastic scenic and wreck dive sites. A top spot for diving is around the rocky reefs of the St Abbs and Eyemouth Voluntary Marine Reserve, the first of its kind in Britain. This area is a world-class diving spot with many diving charter boats available.

Inland watersports

For a white water adventure then pay a visit to the 110 acre Whithaugh Park Adventure Centre on the outskirts of Newcastleton. They offer a wide range of watersports both on and off site including whitewater paddling, playboating or canoe slalom. The River Tweed provides opportunities for kayaking and canoeing. With weekend, week-day, group and individual sessions, the choice is fantastic.

Sailing and yachting

You can also test your sea legs at one of the sailing centres and schools along the rugged Berwickshire coast. Yachting, sailing and windsurfing are also available at St Mary’s Loch and the Whiteadder reservoir. Fully qualified instructors are always on hand during sailing school hours to offer informal hints and tips or to instruct a wide range of formal courses.