Surfing Scotland's Adventure Coast
Experience surfing and body boarding in Argyll and the Inner Hebrides, known as Scotland's Adventure Coast for a reason!
Surfing and body boarding can be a sport that takes some time to master, but there's plenty of places to practice and enjoy it, including great beaches in Kintyre, Islay or Isle of Tiree with the right conditions for exceptional surfing on the Atlantic Coast.
Top tip is to check conditions and plan ahead before you make your trip, by using MagicSeaweed.
Something for everyone
For many kids, a boogie board or body board, is their first experience of surfing and the many sandy beaches across the shores of Argyll and the islands are great places for them to try this out. And of course, to return to time and time again for endless hours of fun.
West Port Beach is a surfing beach, but is so big there is plenty of space for the kids to boogie board and the more experienced to ride the surf.
Have you tried kayak surfing? You can use a kayak and paddle to ride the waves - it's incredible fun and can also be enjoyed on the west coast of Kintyre and on Islay and Tiree. Other locations across Argyll will also be ideal for the DIY-er, but for anyone looking to hire equipment these are you best places.
Wind surfing is very popular on Tiree. It's home to the Tiree Wave Classic - the world's longest standing professional wind surfing championships each October. Throughout the summer season there are surf lessions available for all abilities. There is an inland lochlan which suits beginners and a choice of beaches, depending on which direction the wind is blowing.
Expert kite surfers love the Argyll coast with West Port Beach in Kintyre being another great place to surf the waves.
Scotland's Best Surfing Spots
Scotland’s west coast, with its uncrowded sandy beaches, clear waters and Atlantic swells attracts adventurous surfers form around the world.
Check out some of Scotland’s top surfing spots here in Argyll and the Isles.
Tiree, the most westerly Inner Hebridean island, is called the ‘Hawaii of the north’. Its exposed location and sandy beaches make it a magnet for surfers from around the world. It’s perfectly placed to catch the swell from the North Atlantic, giving year-round, consistent waves. The island’s white sandy beaches face every direction and you’ll find conditions to suit all levels of surfer, from sedate rollers to barreling beach breaks.
Neighbouring Coll doesn’t have the same surf scene as Tiree, but it does offer some fantastic surfing for those seeking adventure and empty beaches. This tiny island is home to some stunning sandy bays. Hogh Bay is probably the most popular beach with reliable surf. Having said that, it’s unlikely to be crowded – even when the surf’s up! Crossapoll Bay is another option for surfing on Coll.
The west coast of the Kintyre is one of Argyll’s surfing spots. Huge sandy beaches are often pounded by Atlantic breakers, making it a destination for adventurous surfers. Westport Beach stretches for six miles to Machrihanish. It has its own surfcam so you can check the waves before you arrive!
Up for some more surfing? It’s time to hop on the ferry to the inner Hebridean island of Islay.
Islay is famed for its smoky, single malt whiskies, overwintering geese and miles of sandy beaches. It also has a reputation for great waves among the surfing community. There’s nothing westwards of Islay until Newfoundland, so Islay picks up lots of swells thanks to its exposed Atlantic location. Laggan Bay and Machir Bay are probably the best surfing beaches. Even when the surf’s up, you’re likely to be the only ones on the line-up. Beautiful Saligo Bay is called ‘Psycho Bay’ by surfers, and as the name suggests, is only for the most experienced and hardcore of surfers.