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

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Scotland's Adventure Coast on YouTube

Get inspired! Watch our amazing videos showcasing the range of People-Powered Adventures you can experience in Argyll & the Isles. There really is something for everyone!

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