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9th September 2016 | Park News

Wet and wild: Watersports in Scotland


When it comes to watersports in the UK, Scotland might not be the first place that springs to mind. Many people forget that Scotland has over 10,000km of glorious coastline, sandy beaches, and plenty of great waves coming in from the Atlantic and North Sea, making it a paradise for watersports.

If you’re heading to Scotland on holiday and want to make the most of the weather whilst the sun is still shining, taking part in a watersport is a great way of getting active and exploring everything the Scottish coastline has to offer. Here at Parkdean we’ve picked out some of the finest watersports you can do in Scotland, and the best areas for each one.

Scuba Diving

Scotland is renowned for its history, but many people don’t realise that it’s home to some of the world’s most fascinating wreck diving spots. What could be more exciting than exploring an underwater shipwreck? Scotland has diving opportunities for every ability, and there is a whole range of diving companies which offer lessons and trips, where they can share their local expertise and give you the best experience possible.

If you are staying at Nairn Lochloy Holiday Park in the north east of Scotland, then the Moray Firth is an excellent area to go diving.  There are numerous reefs and seal colonies and it’s famous for its large population of dolphins, so you should be able to see some amazing wildlife. The Moray Firth is also the resting place for an abundance of shipwrecks, where you can explore oil tankers, valentine tanks, fishing boats, yachts, and even submarines.

Sourced from Ribtrek


Coasteering is a unique way of exploring some of Scotland’s most spectacular coastline. A combination of rock climbing, cliff jumping, and shore scrambling, this adrenaline filled sport is great fun for every age group and ability. Waves, weather and wildlife make every coasteering trip different, and you will get the chance to see seals, falcons, rockpools, caves, and everything else that the stunning Scottish coast has to offer.

If you’re staying on the east coast of Scotland, the 12th century town of Abroath is a fantastic coasteering spot. With its long sandy beaches and sandstone cliffs which stretch out on either side of the town, the coastline here provides you with everything you need for a great adventure. Unless you’re experienced in this sport, we recommend booking a trip with a coasteering company, who will provide you with all the specialist equipment that you need and show you the best techniques.

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An exhilarating cross between surfing and sailing, Scotland’s weather conditions make it the perfect location for windsurfing. Whether you’re completely new to the sport or a bit of a pro, there are plenty of surfing companies along the coast if you need any lessons or equipment.

Thurso is the most northerly town in mainland Scotland, and attracts some of the best waves in the whole of Europe. This makes it a haven for windsurfing, but always remember to go with a group, and take a spare rope, as the remoteness of this location makes it slightly more treacherous. The launching area for windsurfing is off the rocky beach next to the harbour, so grab your wetsuit and head out into the waves for an adventure to remember.

Timo Mullen Windsurfing in Thurso Scotland from Tam Mullen on Vimeo.

Sourced from Tam Mullen


For a chance to really experience the Scottish coast, sea kayaking is an activity which throws you into the heart of the action. The sheltered bays, stunning scenery and abundance of wildlife makes Scotland the perfect location for sea kayaking. Sea kayaking does require a certain amount of fitness due to the amount of paddling that you have to do, but it’s fairly easy to pick up, even if you aren’t very experienced.

If you’re new to sea kayaking, Applecross in the north west Highlands is a perfect location as it’s relatively sheltered compared to other areas of the Scottish coast. There are lots of unique natural harbours and fantastic views, as well great pubs in the village for when you reach the end of the day.

Sourced from Wilderness Scotland

If you take part in any watersports whilst on your holiday with Parkdean in Scotland and would like to share your experiences, we’d love to hear about it on our Twitter or Facebook page. To find out more about things to do in Scotland, see here.




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