Galloway Forest Park
Britain's largest forest park, explore the rolling glens and hills, forest trails and wildlife

Active

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, uncover rocky reefs at St Abbs Head National Nature Reserve in Berwickshire; and enjoy some world-class scenic diving around miles of Scottish coastline. To experience some of the best wreck diving in the world, head to Scapa Flow in Orkney, the Sound of Mull with Lochaline, or to the Firth of Clyde with Wreckspeditions.

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.

Wakeboarding

Wakeboarding is one of Scotland's fastest growing watersports. A bit like water-skiing, but on a board, riders skim across the water being towed behind a motorboat. You can also try out wakeboarding at a specially designed wakepark, where riders are towed by a system of cables. This is a great day out for all ages.

Looking for a place to try this exciting pursuit? Foxlake Dunbar & Dundee are great places to learn with qualified instructors. Glasgow Wakepark, Scotland's first urban wakepark, would be a good stop off point for people on a city break. Or you could get out on the open water with Loch Lomond Wakeboard and Kyle Waterski & Wakeboard.

At all of these locations, beginners will find that lessons are easy to book, with sessions to suit all abilities taken by a qualified wakeboard instructor. 

Share your watersports

Cookie Policy

VisitScotland uses cookies to enhance your experience on our website. By using our website you consent to our use of cookies. Please read our privacy and cookies statement for more information.