Water Sports in Scotland: What to Try?



It is only natural that a country such as Scotland, that is surrounded by water plus has many lochs and areas of natural beauty, should have a wealth of superb water based activities available for enthusiasts to enjoy. Whether it's simply cruising around the coast you are after or a more energetic pursuit Scotland has it all. Here we take a look at what sports and activities are found here plus where and how to book them.

Wilderness Scotland: Sea Kayaking

Wilderness Scotland

Wilderness Scotland have been offering adventure holidays in Scotland since 2001. The company prides itself on great customer service while also providing a safe and exciting adventure holiday that visitors will enjoy. Sea Kayaking is one of their main pursuits offering holidays and courses where customers can learn the basic skills of kayaking while enjoying the beautiful coastline of Scotland.

Sea Kayaking

Wilderness Scotland offer trips that even the most basic skilled kayaker can enjoy, while also providing accommodation in hotels and inns that will make customers stay complete. The company also offers trips for the more experienced kayaker where the holiday is more of an expedition with participants camping out on islands or beaches along the way. Imagine spending the day Kayaking followed by a night camping beneath the stars! Interested customers can call the number provided for further information or browse the comprehensive website that covers all their offered trips that have a starting price of £595.00 upwards.

  • Wilderness Scotland
  • Inverdruie House
  • Aviemore
  • Cairngorms National Park
  • Scotland
  • PH22 1QH
  • Tele 01479 420 020
  • www.wildernessscotland.com

Ace Adventure: White Water Rafting

Ace Adventure

Scotland is certainly the place to go if it’s a white knuckle white water rafting experience you seek! The fabulous rivers here that are continually fed by rainfall make it the ideal location, while the rafting season here lasts all year round, unlike many other places, even in the heart of snowy winter. Participants are looked after by qualified experienced guides, while Ace supply wet suits and quality equipment for enthusiasts who book with them.

White Water Rafting

Ace Adventure prides themselves on being specialists in this activity and offer two locations, one based on the River Tay, while the other is on the River Findhorn. The location of the Findhorn base makes it great for travellers to reach as it is close to Inverness Airport, while the Tay base is an hour's drive from Glasgow. Ace offer trips to suit all, including family trips, rafting and cliff jumping, Grade 3 Intermediate rafting and Grade 4 white water raft down the River Tummel.

Ace also offers great accommodation which is a real plus for visitors. Why not take a look at their website where all the information regarding Bell Tents, Shepherd Huts and Woodland Camping is available.

West Highland Sailing: Boating in Scotland

West Highland Sailing

Customers who choose West Highland Sailing can charter a yacht or cruiser on the Caledonian Canal that is the perfect way to see the beautiful scenery that Scotland offers its visitors. Even the most inexperienced of sailors will soon find their way when exploring the Caledonian waterway as there are no tides to contend with, only the workings of the vessel. The route customers take is entirely up to them, while how fast or slowly you decide to sail is also a customer's choice.

Boating in Scotland

West Highland Sailing is located just forty five miles from Inverness making it easily accessible from the airport and is one hundred and thirty miles from Glasgow.  The company offer a wide range of boats to suit all tastes and family sizes, while the routes offered include the wonderful Loch Ness, Urquhart Castle and Inverness. The cruisers and yachts here are of a very high standard plus are easy to guide and navigate (sailing instruction is provided before setting sail) while all your home comforts are catered for such as shower facilities and bedding, well equipped kitchens and televisions.

Trout Quest: Fly Fishing Holidays and Breaks

Trout Quest

Trout Quest offer fly fishing holidays and short breaks in Scotland plus salmon fishing and guided excursions throughout the Northern Highlands. Qualified instructors also offer courses for beginners in the shape of Learn to Fly Fish or Learn to Salmon Fish short breaks too.

Once you have decided a fishing holiday in Scotland is what you would like to book your thoughts will turn to accommodation. Trout Quest also features information regarding where to stay including bed and breakfasts, guest houses and hotels located near to their fishing venues.

Fly Fishing

Day excursions are also offered through Trout Quest that includes being picked up from your accommodation and returning you to base at night. Overnight and Multi night excursions are also offered. Lessons are offered by Trout Quest and can be booked on an individual basis or in groups, while salmon fishing instruction is also offered too. Whatever it is you wish to do when it comes to fishing be it trout or salmon Trout Quest is a great place to start.

National Centre Cumbrae: Wind Surfing

National Centre Cumbrae

The National Centre Cumbrae offers a range of water sport activities including wind surfing. Located in the seaside town of Millport, the centre offers overnight accommodation, for those taking courses, in chalets that can provide beds for up to fourteen people.

The National Centre Cumbrae also cover everything with one price quote that includes equipment, tuition, waterproofs, wetsuits, meals, accommodation, fuel and marina fees, while accommodation for weekend courses and insurance is not included in the cost. All staff is qualified plus holds current first aid certificates.

Wind Surfing

The centre offers various wind surfing packages including Evening Wind Surfing, Try a Day Wind Surfing, Junior 2 Day Wind Surfing, Junior Camp Adventure Week and RYA Start, Intermediate or Advanced Wind Surfing packages. Prices and details can be found at the website along with videos and a comprehensive image gallery.