North Coast Watersports Surf School
Learn to surf or stand up paddleboard with North Coast Watersports Surf School near Thurso. The most northerly surf school in Scotland!

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.

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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.


We had a much needed break for 4 nights last week at Mackays in Wick The decent sized apartment was perfect for us and our two dogs and it was warm, safe and an excellent base for exploring Caithness. The Hotel is very well organised with regard to Covid restrictions, but this does not spoil the warm and friendly atmosphere and the owners are superb hosts. Breakfast is really tasty and served efficiently and the food in the restaurant is impressive, best polished off with a local dram from the bar

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Dunnet Head cliffs and waves
Man in wetsuit stand up paddleboarding

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.

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Meet the instructors

To hear more about instructors Iona and Finn, and the surf lessons they provide, have a listen to this podcast. Here, Iona and Finn talk about setting up their surf school, and their adventures of surfing in the far north of Scotland. You can also find them on Facebook, and Instagram.

Thurso town and beach in Scotland

Book your break

Start planning today...

So, contact North Coast Watersports today to book a surf or SUP lesson today. And if you’re looking for a place to stay nearby, please see information on our North Coast 500 hotel and self-catering accommodation.