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Watersports in Scotland

Prepare to make a splash! With its perfect mix of calm lochs, fast moving rapids and crashing waves, the range of watersports in Scotland is second to none. Did you know Scotland has over 10,000 km of coastline, as well as many lochs and rivers? Whether you are surfing Atlantic swells, rafting down a grade 5 river, or sea kayaking around the islands off the west coast, you are in for a thrilling adventure in Scotland.

There are lots of high quality outdoor activity centres and companies operating throughout the country, each offering a wide range of watersports activities – from gentle introductions to the wildest experiences and toughest challenges. They are perfect for family holidays, school groups, stag and hen weekends and everything and everyone in between!

Diving and Snorkeling

Scuba diving at Eilean Donan Castle, HighlandsWith battle ships and magnificent marine life, the waters of Scotland feature some of the world's most exciting diving sites. There are diving opportunities for all abilities with dive companies offering everything from day trips to on-board accommodation on dive boats.

Book a lesson with the Puffin Dive Centre to dive in the sparkling waters of Argyll & The Isles; uncover rocky reefs at St Abbs Head National Nature Reserve in Berwickshire; or join Uist Outdoor Centre for guided tours of the waters around Outer Hebrides or St Kilda. To experience some of the best wreck diving in the world, head to Scapa Flow in Orkney or the Sound of Mull with Lochaline.

Fancy trying snorkeling? Explore underneath the water's surface along Scotland's first ever Snorkel Trail in the north west Highlands, which features nine beaches and bays, each teeming with fascinating marine life.

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