Coastlines & Skylines

Heart & Soul of Scotland

Surf’s up in Argyll and Glasgow! From surfing waves to surfing crowds, combine Argyll & Glasgow for an exhilarating short break.

With miles and miles of glorious coastline, Argyll is one of Scotland’s top destinations for watersports. The island of Tiree – sometimes called the ‘Hawaii of the north’ – attracts surfers, windsurfers and kite surfers from around the world. Sitting just to the southwest of the Isle of Coll, it’s perfectly placed to catch the swell from the North Atlantic, giving year-round, consistent waves to catch.

The prevailing south westerly wind makes Tiree one of the best places to windsurf and the island hosts the Tiree Wave Classic every year, the longest running pro windsurfing event in the world. Or how about trying stand-up paddle boarding or kite surfing with Wild Diamond? Tiree's Gott Bay is the perfect place to learn to kitesurf in Scotland as its shallow gradient and calm waters are perfect for all abilities.

And if you fancy combining a spot of wind surfing with crowd surfing, then you’re in luck. Tiree hosts the annual Tiree Music Festival, a fantastic weekend of live music on this beautiful island. Make sure to book early as 2019 is already sold out, or if you can't wait try Oban Live 2019 also organised by award winning Scottish band Skerryvore who hail from Tiree.

For watersports on the mainland, you'll find plenty of options on Loch Lomond with Loch Lomond Leisure or Loch Lomond Wakeboard. The west coast of Kintyre is another good surfing location in Argyll. The beaches on the west coast of the peninsula are often pounded by Atlantic breakers. Westport Beach stretches for six miles to Machrihanish. You can get lessons with Pete’s Surf School here. Kintyre also plays host to a variety of music festivals throughout the year, including MOKFest and Kintyre Songwriters Festival.

In Glasgow there’s plenty of water-based fun to be had too. Head to Pinkston Watersports for whitewater rafting and kayaking at the heart of the city. You can also enjoy a paddle on the sheltered flat water. Or try wakeboarding at Glasgow Wake Park, which is short walk from Pinkston at Port Dundas Canal.

When you dry off, recharge the batteries and sample Glasgow’s outstanding music offering. As the UK’s first UNESCO City of Music, Glasgow is a place where music is the beating heart of the city. Take a musical pilgrimage with Glasgow Music City Tours, see a mega star at The SSE Hydro, discover a new band at The Glad Cafe, tap your toes at Ben Nevis Bar or discover your favourite festival. Why not get yourself a ticket for TRNSMT, the Scottish rock and indie music festival that takes place on Glasgow Green? It sees some of the world’s biggest bands playing.

Discover surfing in Glasgow & Argyll – the Heart & Soul of Scotland.