Scotland’s west coast is famous for its stunning coastal scenery and rich cultural heritage, but what you probably didn’t know is that the area is also famous for being one of the top places in Scotland for surfing.
Known amongst the keen surfers to boast some of the biggest and most powerful waves in the world, the prevailing and strong south westerly winds, which blow over the west coast, mean that this part of Scotland is among the best places to catch a wave or two.
The charming Isle of Tiree is the most westerly island of the Inner Hebrides and features a mild climate and white sand beaches – perfect for riding those big swells. This island is often called ‘the Hawaii of the North’ and once you are here it’s easy to see why. It’s also home to BWA Tiree Wave Classic, a highlight on the UK windsurfing competition calendar.
Nearby Isle of Islay is fairly small and known for its single malt whiskies, but thanks to its size, it means that the winds here can pick up easily and create huge, surging waves.
The area around the Kintyre peninsula boasts expansive beaches which is often met by ‘Atlantic breakers’ creating rough conditions that the more adventurous and experienced surfers will love. Further north on the west coast, the Isles of Lewis and Harris in the Outer Hebrides, are in the prime location to experience some of the best and most consistent surfing conditions in Europe too.