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  • Looking along the beach at Balephuil Bay as three surfers walk along
    Balephuil Bay, Isle of Tiree
  • Looking over to a group of surfers making their way out of the water and onto the beach on the Isle of Lewis
    Isle of Lewis surfing
  • A surfer competing in the O'Neill Highland Open mid jump
    O'Neill Highland Open at Brims Ness

Golden sandy beaches, beautiful clear waters and isolated locations combine to make Scotland one of Europe’s top surfing destinations. Surrounded by Atlantic and North Sea swells throughout the year, you are guaranteed to catch some great waves.

Scotland is the perfect place for a beach break. From the northerly tip of the Scottish Mainland to the long, varied and sheltered coastlines of the east coast, surf’s up all over Scotland!

Surfing on the Isle of Lewis Where to surf

There are a few outstanding locations on the Scottish surf scene, frequented by all types of surfing enthusiasts, from complete beginners to wave-riding professionals. If you are looking to rent equipment, surf schools will provide you with everything you will need including wetsuits and boards.

All abilities

Head to Tiree and explore the sunny, mild climate of the Inner Hebrides, with waves suitable for all abilities. A number of companies offer surfboard hire as well as equipment delivery and uplift to the beach. The isle is also a fantastic location for windsurfing, due to the extremely high offshore winds.

The west coast of Lewis in the Outer Hebrides offers surfers a thrilling day out and is one of the best surfing destinations in the UK. Some of the best and most consistent surf in Europe can be found around Lewis and the clear, safe waters and beautiful white sands make it an extraordinary location for any surfer.


For those new to surfing, why not start with a surf lesson from Coast to Coast at Belhaven Bay in Dunbar, where you’ll be able to take lessons from experienced instructors who are on hand to help you master the basics. The nearby Pease Bay is also a favourite among local surfers and is just a short trip from Edinburgh, situated between East Lothian and Eyemouth in the Scottish Borders.

Why not learn to pop-up at the stunning beach at Coldingham Bay with  St Vedas Surf Shop? Improve your techniques in the safe conditions and fuel up for day on the water at the shop’s licenced restaurant.

You can also explore Scotland’s coasts at your own pace by doing a spot of paddleboarding; a great way to introduce yourself to the world of watersports.

Experienced surfers

Travel north to the coastal town of Thurso, and you will find some of the best waves in Europe. This world- famous surfing spot is graced by huge north-west swells and overhead waves and is definitely suited to the more experienced surfer. It attracts crowds of spectators and surfers on good swells.

The rugged shoreline along Caithness’ northern coast produces big, fast powerful breaks which have been compared to those found in Hawaii. Surfing lessons, Isle of Lewis

 Surfing on the Isle of Lewis

Events and festivals

There are many local competitions, national events and surfing festivals taking place throughout the year, where surfers all abilities can show off their skills, or you can sit and be amazed by the talent of the Scottish surf teams.

Thurso’s world-class surfing not only attracts a great number of surfers from around the globe, but also hosts some of the most prestigious surfing contests in the UK and Europe, including the Thurso Surf Festival and the Scottish Surf Championships.

At Belhaven Bay, Coast to Coast Surf School host several events throughout the year including the Scottish Lowland Longboard Championship and the Surf Paddle Sprint, where everyone can get involved. Watch the experts take to the waves at the Gathering of the Clans, Scotland’s biggest team surfing competition.

Browse below for surfing schools and surf shops in Scotland.

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  1. Hebridean Surf





    Welcome to Hebridean Surf - 2.5 hour surf lesson for £25 per person including wetsuit and board - Based at Welcome In Convenience Store/Filling Station, Lower Barvas, West Coast, Isle of Lewis, HS2 0PB. Surf shop, equipment, hire & tuition, est 1995.

  2. Paddle Surf Scotland


    Stand-up Paddle Boarding



    Welcome to Paddle Surf Scotland. Stand Up Paddleboard (SUP) hire and instruction in Perthshire/Tayside, Nairn/Moray and Fort William/Oban. Scotland's Stand Up Paddleboard Specialists.

  3. Gradings


    The surf school provides friendly surf instruction, that introduces beginners and intermediates to the fun and enjoyment of East Lothian's beautiful coastline.

  4. Adventure Carrick


    Multi-activity Centre



    Adventure Carrick is a mobile adventure company offering a broad range of adventure activities across the South west of Scotland.

  5. St Vedas Surf Shop





    Welcome to St Vedas Surf Shop, Hire Centre and Surf School based on the East coast of Scotland at Coldingham Bay in the Scottish borders.

  6. Gradings


    Welcome to Blackhouse Watersports

  7. SurfLewis





    SurfLewis offer Surfing and Stand Up Paddleboard lessons throughout the beaches of Lewis and Harris. Qualified and experienced instructors, all equipment provided.

  8. The Arran Outdoor Centre


    Multi-activity Centre



    Arran Outdoor Centre is a wonderful island retreat for everyone who loves the great outdoors, activities and spectacular scenery Bed & Breakfast or Dinner Bed & Breakfast is also available without activities


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