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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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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Puffer Steamboat Holidays Ltd

Join us aboard VIC 32, the last steam-powered Clyde Puffer - at a steady six knots little can equal the peace of silent steam! Our cruising season is split i...

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VIC 32
Crinan Basin
Crinan
Lochgilphead
Argyll
PA31 8SW

Tel: 07780936407

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Oban Sailing

Sail with an experienced skipper aboard `Big Blue of Lorn`all experience levels, Skippered Charter and Sailing Holidays. Big Blue is a Beneteau Oceanis 523,...

Craobh Marina
Argyll
PA31 8UA

Tel: 07506 100 998

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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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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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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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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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Wild Isles Sea Kayaking

We offer a range of kayaking experiences, coaching, and guiding services. This includes skill development from beginner to advanced, day trips and multi-day...

2a Gallanachbeg
Oban
PA34 4QH

Tel: 07511648403

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Heathery Heights

Heathery Heights offers bespoke guided walks and tailored outdoor experiences for individuals and small groups across Argyll & the Isles. With so much on...

Head Office, Heathery Heights
Upper Erskine
Manse Brae
PA31 8QZ

Tel: 07899 765240

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Wavysail Sailing Adventures

SMALL GROUPS With a maximum group size of six people, each trip is uniquely personalized and flexible. We contact every guest before joining to discover what...

9 Elm Road
New Malden
United Kingdom
KT3 3HB

Tel: +44 (0) 7570 702 256

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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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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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3700km of coastline, 23 inhabited islands, major towns and villages are all waiting for you.

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