North Coast Watersports
Surfing Lessons and Experiences
North Coast Watersports is a fantastic surf school based in Thurso, in the far north of Scotland. In fact, it’s the most northerly surf school in the country! Here, you can experience cold water surfing on the stunning waters of the north coast. Suitable for all ages and abilities, you’ll learn how to ride the waves, while seeing the area in a whole new way. Run by instructors Iona and Finn, you’re in safe hands, and their love and passion for surfing is sure to rub off. Not to be missed, during a stay at Mackays Hotel in Wick.
The surf school offers both private lessons for individuals and group lessons at Dunnet Beach. These are great for beginners looking to learn something new. Or, for those wishing to brush up on their surfing skills. They also run various surf trips, where you’ll be taken along the North Coast 500 to find the beach with the best waves that day. In addition, they provide equipment hire for those with more experience, who simply want to hire a board and a wet suit and do their own thing.
On a 14-day NC500 trip staying in 10 different hotels, this one stood out food wise as the best, including over some more expensive accommodation. We had a DBB rate. Usually hotels only provide a table d’hote menu if dinner is included but McKays allowed us full range of the menu. Our dinner was perfect even without a glass of wine to go with our steaks due to covid regs in Scotland. The breakfast was also the best on our trip. Top marks to the kitchen staff. I gather the hotel is family run over a couple of generations and it shows. Friendly, attentive staff at reception and restaurant. Warm and welcoming.
Stand Up Paddleboarding
Alternatively, North Coast Watersports provide stand up paddleboarding (SUP) lessons. Again, both private and group lessons are available. Or you can hire equipment on a 2-hourly or daily basis. This is a another wonderful way to explore our dramatic Scottish coastline!
Events and packages
Make an occasion of it
For groups of 8 or more, this can be a fun and different way to celebrate a special occasion. North Coast Watersports can put together a surfing lesson package just for your group, including catering and all equipment and wetsuits. Just get in touch and let them arrange the perfect package.
Find out more
Meet the instructors
To hear more about instructors Iona and Finn, and the surf lessons they provide, you can find them on Facebook, and Instagram. Furthermore, you can read about how Iona and Finn talk about setting up their surf school, and their adventures of surfing in the far north of Scotland.