14 Ways to Get Wet this Summer!

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The Highlands have some of the best locations and facilities for watersports anywhere in the world. Our beaches, lochs and rivers offer tremendous opportunities for you to try an incredibly diverse number of activities. Here are just a few suggestions for different ways for you to get wet on your summer holiday this year.


Caithness NE Sutherland, Orkney & Shetland

Diving Scapa Flow

One of the top sites in the world and home to the remains of the German High Seas Fleet that was scuttled here in 1919. Tuition is available for beginners as is all equipment hire.


Whitewater Rafting on the River Findhorn

A perfect trip for young families, school groups, first timers or those who enjoy a scenic journey down a river with a splash of adventure! Stunning landscape, abundant wildlife and rapids named, Sleeping Whale, Dragons Tooth and Carnage Corner.

Wester Ross & Outer Hebrides

Coasteering in Torridon

Get a new perspective on the amazing Torridon coastline by scrambling over rocks, jumping off cliffs and swimming through bays, all accompanied by a qualified instructor and with wet suits, helmets and buoyancy aids provided.

Inverness & Nairn

Stand Up Paddle Boarding on the River Ness

Sup hire is now available in Inverness. These inflatable paddleboards are an incredible fun way to get in the water and explore the calmer lochs, rivers and coastal areas of the Highlands. They can even be deflated and packed away easily for easy transportation.

Skye & Lochalsh

Gorge Walking on the Isle of Skye

Skye has many beautiful rivers and canyons and is a truly unique place to experience gorge walking. Start the day by hiking uphill, then jump in, splash, slide, float and swim to the bottom.

Mid and East Sutherland

Wild Swimming in Brora

This whole section of the Sutherland coast from Brora is one big stretch of golden sands, just pick your spot and dive in.

Black Isle, Mid & Easter Ross

Sea Kayaking from Cromarty

Cromarty is a great base from which to paddle the Moray Firth and to explore the coastline. The area offers a wealth of contrast, from paddling around North Sea oil rigs to enjoying the stunning natural environment and the cliffs of the Sutors. Dolphins are frequently spotted and a host of sea birds can be viewed.

Ardnamurchan & Mull

Kite Surfing on Mull

The long sandy beaches of Mull are perfect for Kite Surfers, with locations on almost every side of the island there is almost always a good spot to be found, regardless of what direction the wind is blowing.

Fort William & Lochaber

Dinghy Sailing in Fort William

The best way for absolute beginners to learn about sailing while still having a load of fun. You can even do this as a family activity where you all learn together on the same boat.

Loch Ness

Wake Boarding on Loch Oich

The Great Glen Water Park caters for an amazing number of outdoor activities but one of the highlights must surely be the chance to try wake boarding on Loch Oich

Aviemore & the Cairngorms

Sailing on Loch Morlich

Loch Morlich Watersports Centre, just outside Aviemore is the perfect location to learn to sail with instruction available for all levels.

Argyll, Arran, Jura & Islay

White Water River Bugging on Loch Awe

River Bugs are manoeuvrable, inflatable armchair-like one man rafts. Kit yourself out with webbed gloves, flippers and a thermal wetsuit for some of the best white water fun you could imagine.

North West Sutherland

Surfing at Sango Sands

There are brilliant surf spots all along the north coast but this sandy beach at Durness has the benefit of being scenic and also close to all the facilities in the village.

Other Islands

Windsurfing on Tiree

Tiree is one of the most famous windsurfing destinations in the world and is host to the world’s longest standing professional competition, The Tiree Wave Classic. A number of schools on the island offer tuition and equipment rental.

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