Catch a Breath & Catch a Wave

Heart & Soul of Scotland

Whether you are looking to catch your breath or the perfect wave, catch it all in Glasgow & Argyll.

Glasgow is the perfect city for an urban adventure. There are lots of options for indoor activities, from climbing walls to trampoline centres, as well as cycle routes and riverside walkways throughout the city.

Stop to catch your breath before catching some waves with a wakeboarding session at Glasgow Wake Park. It’s next to Pinkston Watersports at Port Dundas Canal. Wakeboarding is a winning combination of water-skiing, snowboarding and surfing and is pure adrenalin-fuelled fun. You’ll be hooked! Still got some energy? Head to Glasgow’s Ryze Xtreme Air Sports for some death-defying (and breath-defying) trampoline action. With a trampoline field, angled wall trampolines, Xtreme Dodgeball cage, giant airbag and more, it’s an awesome way to spend an afternoon. Ryze is located in an 18th-century b-listed building, so the architecture is pretty breath-taking too.

For world-class surfing, look no further than Argyll. Tiree, the most westerly of the Inner Hebrides, is just an hour’s flight from Glasgow. With a balmy climate, beautiful beaches and consistent waves, this island paradise is a mecca for surfers, windsurfers and kite surfers. 

The west coast of Kintyre is the other top surfing spot in Argyll. There are some fabulous sandy beaches, often pounded by Atlantic breakers. Pete’s Surf School operates from the car park at Westport Beach, providing lessons for all levels as well as surf gear hire. Catch your breath with a sunset drink at the nearby Argyll Hotel at Bellochantuy. The hotel sits right on the beach and the views are glorious.

So you’ve caught your breath and caught some waves. How about enjoying the beaches of Bute or catching some fish?

Enjoy beautiful scenery and paddling in the beautiful, clear waters at Ettrick Bay, located on the west coast of the Isle of Bute. Ettrick Bay Tearoom overlooks the beach and here you can enjoy home cooking, ice cream and stunning views of Arran.

Jenny Wren Boat Charters, based at Craobh Haven Marina, can take you on a bespoke fishing trip. Head down the Sound of Shuna to the outer islands and the Gulf of Corryvreckan where you can fish by the world's third largest whirlpool. An alternative is to catch the train from Glasgow to Oban where you can be picked up by the Jenny Wren.