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View the official guide to adventure activities in Scotland

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
  • Team of people enjoy an afternoon of white water rafting on the River Tay
    White water rafting on the River Tay
Two divers on the surface of Loch Duich look towards Eilean Donan Castle


Scotland is one of the best wreck dive sites in the world with hundreds of shipwrecks and a sunken German WW1 fleet to explore.

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.

Looking across to a windsurfer enjoying the watersports facilities at the Galloway Sailing Centre, Loch Ken


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

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

Stand up paddleboarding

Find great locations across Scotland where you can try stand up paddleboarding, or SUP.

Group of rafters race on the River Spey

White water rafting

Unleash your adventurous side with a white water rafting experience in Scotland. This popular adventure sport is great for groups of friends who want to challenge nature and have maximum fun.

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.

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.

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.

Zapcatting near St Andrews with Blown Away Adventures © Blown Away

Power boating

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

Other outdoor activities

Country sports

Come and experience Scotland’s world-renowned hunting, shooting and fishing amongst the stunning landscape and scenery.

Mountain biking

World-class trails, stunning scenery and international events make Scotland a mountain biker's dream.


Discover fantastic fishing in Scotland by chartering a boat, hiring a ghillie or venturing out on a picturesque river.


Scotland's world-class sailing experience offers clear water, rich coastal scenery, picturesque canals plus great facilities.

Skiing & snowboarding

Scotland is home to five ski centres and offers plenty of opportunities to enjoy a range of snowsports in the off season.