Scotland is not necessarily the first place one would think of a destination for surfing; but Scotland is a country full of surprises! In fact, people have been surfing on Scotland’s East Coast since the 1960s and the scene has been burgeoning ever since.

For any adventurous incentive groups visiting Edinburgh that may feel like heading to the surf, just 30 minutes east of the city lies the harbour village of Dunbar.  Here nestles the beautiful sandy beach of Belhaven Bay and the shallow water here offers a perfect environment for learning to surf. Local company Coast to Coast Surf School  have a very experienced team of instructors, all of which have current beach lifeguard qualifications, so any group is in safe hands. Surfing in Scotland has come a long way since the first pioneers surfed in the late 60s. Wetsuit technology, internet surf forecasting and high profile surf competitions now regularly highlight Scotland’s world-class waves and consistent surf. Bodyboarding is also an option to experience the waves in a different way.

But it’s not just all about surfing or bodyboarding. Stand Up Paddling (SUP), developed from Polynesian routes originating through outrigger canoeing, has grown in popularity. SUP can be a very laid-back, relaxed experience; paddling the coastline or inland lochs at a gentle pace. For others it can be a dynamic, challenging sport; paddling in rivers, surfing the waves or riding the open ocean swell. It really depends on the group’s dynamic.

Coasteering is  also available from Belhaven  Bay.  This physical sport  involves scrabbling along the intertidal of a rocky coastline on foot or by swimming, without the aid of boats, surfboards or other craft. From beach to beach, rock crop to rock crop, it’s all about exploration and seeing the coastline in a new and fun way. Coasteering is a great way of building water confidence, pushing personal limits and to pull the group together as a team; a great incentive activity.

As we know, an incentive is not all work and no play! Luckily, there is a raft of castles and private homes perhaps for afternoon tea, lunch or dinner.… or even to stay overnight?  For out of the ordinary ideas for incentive groups to Scotland, contact our ‘can-do’ team on inspireme@helloscotland.com

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