Windsurfing, kayaking, sailing, coasteering...
Scotland has lots of great sailing venues, both on the open seas around the coast and on more sheltered waters on many of its lochs, so yachtsmen of all standards can indulge their passion. Good sailing can found throughout Scotland, including Argyll’s fantastic coastline dotted with islands and its many lochs, the Firth of Clyde which has ten large marinas, Isle of Skye and Scotland’s stunning western coastline and also the east of Scotland with an increasing number of marinas. Then of course there are all the inland and sea lochs too many to mention.
As wind is in no short supply in Scotland sports like windsurfing also thrive here. Some of the best areas are the Scottish west coast, Isle of Islay, Kintyre Peninsula and the beaches in Aberdeenshire and Fife in the east.
If surfing is more your thing you can enjoy some first class sport in Scotland. Try the north coast near Thurso which is a renowned surfing area within the UK, with its Atlantic rollers, or maybe head for East Lothian near Edinburgh or Eyemouth in the Scottish Borders. The Kintyre peninsula also has good surfing.
Whitewater rafting is a great group activity and great fun and you can choose the difficulty of the waters to suit. This sport can be enjoyed all year round, however during the summer months the river rapids are not in full spate so Whitewater rafting maybe a little gentler in these months, and please always make sure you get expert guidance!
Go mad – then try Canyoning. A whitewater ride down waterfalls and gorges, without a boat! Jump, slide and slither into deep pools. You need to have expert tuition and all the right equipment (will be supplied).
With miles of rivers and hundreds of lochs Scotland is perfect for a spot of canoeing. Enjoy a gentle paddle across a loch with the family or canoe down a fast flowing river. Or maybe try Sea Kayaking which is also popular and Scotland is one of the world’s top destinations for this sport with its sheltered coves and bays; the waters around the Isle of Skye and Oban are perfect for this and it’s a great way to explore the coastline from the water.
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It would seem that Adventure Perthshire is the perfect place to find information on all sorts of water-related activities.
This Stirling based company provide canoe and kayak course for individuals and groups of all abilities.
This fantastic outdoor sports centre offers courses and sessions on inland lochs and sheltered part of the sea in kayaking, sea kayaking and canoeing.
Head down to Raasay House for an adventure filled day out at this wonderful island location.
This fantastic diving centre is conveniently situated for easy access to some amazing diving sites with spectacular and dramatic underwater scenery.
Skyak Adventures is Scotland’s only dedicated sea kayaking centre and is based on the magnificent Isle of Skye.
Enjoy the stunning coastal and mountain views of the Scottish coastline near Fort William in one of the kayaks at the Rockhopper Sea Kayaking school.
Based in Aviemore and very close to the Cairngorm National Park this activity centre is well placed for all the activities that it offers.
This small family run business located in Elgol on the Isle of Skye runs trips to the famous Loch Coruisk in the heart of the Cuillin Hills.
Offering sailing, windsurfing and a whole host of other water activities.
Set in 110 acres in of Scottish Border Country, the Whithaugh Park Adventure Centre gives a sense of freedom whilst offering some amazing activities.
Stramash Outdoor Activities offer adventure day courses in canoeing, gorge scrambling, coasteering and canyoning.
This centre is set amongst some of the most alluring west highland scenery and offers activity days and courses.
Explore the famous wrecks and charming sea life in and around the Sound of Mull with Porpoise diving!
Offering instruction and hire in sea kayaking this centre, based on the Isle of Seil and only 30 minutes away from Oban.
Located on the delightful Isle of Tiree, Wild Diamond offer the opportunity to partake in many watersports.
The conditions on the shores of Fraserburgh are helping it to become an increasingly popular destination for surfing enthusiasts.
This fantastic surfing and watersports club provides year round courses for all abilities!
Aberdeen water sports is a Scuba Diving training centre which offers training and courses in and amongst the local harbour.
From absolute beginners to tried and tested experienced water sports enthusiasts, Adventure First offer instruction in canoeing and kayaking for individuals of all levels.
Adventure Aberdeen, run by Aberdeen City Council, offer a wide range of outdoor activities and courses for individuals, groups and families.
Open all year round, Go Country is situated on the magnificent Loch Ard; the perfect location for a spot of canoeing!
Action Adventure provides an extensive range of outdoor activities in and around Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park.
With its flat calm water and picturesque surroundings, Loch Lomond is perfectly situated for a spot of wakeboarding.
Waterskiing, wakeboarding, knee boarding, kayaking, and water zorbing are just some of the many water based activities.
Situated in the heart of Badenoch just seven miles from Aviemore Loch Insh is the perfect place to try your hand at any of a number of watersports.
Located just north of Pitlochry, the river Tummel is the perfect place for a spot of enthralling and exhilarating white water rafting!
Rafting on the River Tay in a two man inflatable rubber dingy is an interesting experience to say the least!
Based just off the magnificent Loch Ken on the edge of the Galloway Forest Park, the Loch Ken Water Ski School provides lessons in water skiing and wakeboarding from trained professionals. Started in 1999, the school is run by Roddy Clarke with over 20 years experience in coaching.
Luce Bay’s flat waters and shallows make it extremely popular with watersports being taken to the 9-mile stretch all year round. Windsurfing is particularly good here and Extreme Zone, a local extreme sports business, offers windsurfing training for beginners and onwards to get you flying!
In addition to climbing, Hebridean Pursuits offer instructional courses in a range of water sports from surfing to sea kayaking and paddle sports.
Stonehaven Canoe Club partake in canoeing and kayaking trips throughout the year in locations such as the river Dee and the river Spey and they also offer equipment hire.
If sailing takes your fancy then head down to Loch Tay boating centre where you can hire one of their many boats and set sail on this beautiful loch.
This centre, located in Grandtully near Aberfeldy offers courses in canoeing, kayaking and canyoning and is ideal for those looking for an action packed day (or week!) out.
Not for the faint hearted, Cliff jumping into a deep pool of water is a relatively new activity which can be experienced at Atholl Adventures in Ballinluig, near Pitlochry.
Clearwater offer guided sea kayaking tours around some of the most beautiful uninhabited islands and white sandy beaches combined with some wonderful wildlife encounters.
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