Listen up, beach bums and surfer dudes! Scotland’s golden sandy beaches, beautiful clear waters and isolated locations add up to 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.


From the northerly tip of the Scottish mainland to the long, varied and sheltered coastlines of the east coast, the Scottish surf scene is frequented by all types of surfers, from complete beginners to wave-riding professionals. If you are looking to rent equipment, surf schools will provide you with everything you need including wetsuits and boards.


A thrilling combination of surfing and sailing, this sport requires windpower, balance and a love for speed. The weather conditions in Scotland are perfect for windsurfing and there are plenty opportunities to learn this exciting and addictive sport both inland and down by the coast.

Blasting effortlessly along the water can be exhilarating, but this sport is not all about practising spectacular jumps, riding big waves and reaching speeds of over 45 knots. Windsurfing can be enjoyed by all ages and it makes for a great active day out on the water.

Stand up paddleboarding

Enjoy an unparalleled sense of freedom as you glide along waters while on a stand up paddleboard, with paddle in hand. This sport can be experienced in a number of stunning locations across the country, and will give you a unique, on-the-water perspective of Scotland.

Hire equipment and get lessons with Paddle Surf Scotland in and around Perthshire and Tayside, as well as on the shorelines and lochs in Oban, Fort William and Lochaber on the west coast; Wilderness SUP at a range of sites including the River Almond near Edinburgh, or on Loch Kinord in Royal Deeside; Blown Away Experiences on St Andrews West Sands; or Unicorn Paddle where you can try paddling round on Loch Lomond, the Forth of Firth, or the Union Canal.

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