Water activities in Argyll & the Isles

The stunning coastline of Argyll & the Isles is home to some of the most biologically diverse marine environments in the UK and the many wrecks beneath the waves are a powerful reminder of our maritime heritage.

For watersports enthusiasts, there is so much to choose from. Take your pick from boat trips to the world’s third-largest whirlpool, or try stand-up paddleboarding, kayaking, snorkelling, SCUBA diving, fishing, surfing and wild swimming.

Watersports are our specialism and there are stacks of places to hire equipment, take lessons or book a guided tour. You can’t beat local knowledge to enhance your experience.

Follow our specially designed trails for wild swimming, snorkelling and kayaking, or try swimming with basking sharks, kayaking in the beauty of Fingal’s Cave or night-time SCUBA diving by floodlight.
And the water isn’t just for sports buffs.

Families can enjoy sheltered sandy beaches with clear, shallow waters warmed by the Gulf Stream. Children will love hopping on a ferry to explore the islands, swimming in the calm seas, spotting the playful seals lazing in the sun and snorkelling to discover underwater treasures. Paddling, rock pooling and sandcastles delight at any age!

Just 90 minutes from Glasgow, Argyll and the Isles are perfect for a memorable family day trip, short break or extended holiday.

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Sealife Adventures

All our trips visit the Corryvreckan where turbulent tides create one of the world's largest whirlpools and our cruising area is exceptionally rich in wildli...

Clachan
Seil
By Oban
PA34 4TR

Tel: 01631 571010 (daytime) 01852 300203 (evening and weekends)

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Beagle Cruises

We take individual and groups of up to six on sailing / activity holidays from Tighnabruaich around the greater Clyde area stopping at fascinating local attr...

Head Office - Dunmar
Tighnabruaich
Argyll
PA21 2EA

Tel: 01700 811317 / 07899825149

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Stravaigin Sailing

We are a small family run business located on Scotland’s west coast in the heart of the best cruising and adventure arena our country has to offer. Join us o...

North Pier Pontoons
Oban
PA34 5PX

Tel: 07833 103020

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Bute Boat Tours Ltd

Join us to experience the most beautiful scenery in Scotland; The Kyles of Bute, Loch Fyne to Tarbert, visit Arran Distillery, and snorkel off the boat. Min...

Rothesay Harbour
Isle of Bute
PA20

Tel: 07486 873114

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Provident Sailing

A holiday on Provident will introduce you to the fabulous west coast of Scotland, exploring the islands, coasts, harbours and hills of Argyll and the southwe...

Head Office, Dunstaffnage Marina
Dunbeg
Oban
PA37 1PX

Tel: 07549 935222

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Wreckspeditions

Fancy a new and exciting way of exploring the historic Clyde and her beautiful coastlines? Maybe you would like to see some amazing wildlife and jump some wa...

Unit 2b
Holy Loch Marina
Dunoon
PA23 8FE

Tel: 07593 088816

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Boat Trips Helensburgh

Come and experience Scotland from a different perspective. We operate in the beautiful Clyde Estuary and its sea lochs, running regular scheduled public trip...

Rhu Marina
Rhu
Helensburgh
G84 8LH

Tel: 01436640353

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Loch Goil Kayak and SUP Hire

Experience the tranquillity of the beautiful tidal sea loch that is Loch Goil as you glide on its sometimes crystal still surface. It will be just you and na...

Carrick Farm
Carrick Castle
Lochgoilhead
PA24 8AF

Tel: 07901751810

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Jura Boat Tours

We offer bespoke Rib Tours to various areas of outstanding beauty in our modern fully coded passenger Rib. There is an abundance of Wildlife found around our...

3 Woodside
Craighouse
Isle of Jura
Argyll
PA607YA

Tel: 07976 280195

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Tighnabruaich Sailing School

Tighnabruaich Sailing School has been providing an unsurpassed sailing experience on the Kyles of Bute for over 50 years and is renowned on the west coast fo...

Carry Farm
Tighnabruaich
PA21 2AH

Tel: 07876 227021

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Kilchattan Bay Kayaking

Kilchattan Bay Kayaking is a friendly kayaking experience, located in a safe and attractive Bay at the southern end of the scenic Isle of Bute on the west co...

The Old Pier
Kilchattan Bay
Isle of Bute
Argyll
PA20 9NW

Tel: 07794 910912

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Islay Sea Adventures

We are Islay's only boat tour company. We offer a range of tours, including wildlife, fishing, seafood and Corryveckan.

Looking for something bespoke and pe...

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Port Ellen Pontoons
Port Ellen
Isle of Islay
PA42 7DW
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Surnaig Farm
Lagavulin
Isle of Islay
PA42 7DX

Tel: 01496 300129

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Bekah's Oban Wild Swimming

Discover Argyll's hidden gems! Private and group sessions for all your outdoor swim needs around Oban and further afield. Whether you're braving the cold wat...

Oban
PA34

Tel: 07579 825732

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Basking Shark Scotland

Operating across Argyll & the Isles, our wildlife watching adventures run from April - October. Basking Shark Scotland is the only dedicated snorkel oper...

Dunstaffnage Marina
Dunbeg
Oban
PA37 1PX

Tel: 07975 723140

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Wild Hebridean Swimming

3- and 5-night dipping retreats and guided swim holidays with a fully qualified and experienced open water coach. We take you to unique and hidden swimming s...

Cnoc na Sgillinn
Tobermory
Isle of Mull
Argyll & Bute
PA75 6QA

Tel: 07770 483063

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Seafari Adventures (Oban) Ltd

Seafari Adventures are a 5* Visit Scotland marine wildlife tour operator. Based in the conservation area of Easdale, 16 miles south of Oban. Our Wildlife Tou...

Seafari Adventures
The Village Shop
Easdale
Oban
PA34 4RQ

Tel: 01852 300003

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