Scottish Island Surf Camp

We run amazing surf camps on Scotlands west coast Islands. Home to some of the most beautiful beaches in the world and consistent summer surf in Europe. We offer high quality surf adventures that help you improve your surfing and ground yourself in stunning environments. You won’t want to leave!

What to expect:

  • Four days of progressive surf lessons and guiding
  • Two instructors on every tour including one senior instructor
  • Small groups 7-10 customers.
  • Wonderful campsite with breathtaking views
  • Relaxed vibe with beach fires and sea swimming
  • Top quality SURF equipment provided
  • July 7th Surf & Yoga Tour – has bonus of daily yoga instruction for no extra cost.
  • Disconnecting with the normal pace of life

18/7/24 ISLAND TOUR UPDATE : June 16th FULL, July 7th, 14th & 21st FULL, Aug 4th & Aug 11th FULL. 2 spaces left July 28th. Please book available spaces. If want to go on Reserve List for full tours please email as occasionally we have pull outs and last minute space.

Requirements

All participants must be 18yrs+ for adult camps. All must be able to swim 50 meters unaided.

Duration

Four days of activities, with two lessons a day. We meet you Sunday evening off the ferry and get you back to the ferry port Friday morning.

Accommodation

On our surf camps we partner with great campsites in stunning locations. Each campsite has basic kitchen, toilet and shower facilities.

Equipment

We provide wetsuits, boards and accessories. You can bring your own boards too. We expect customers to bring their own camping equipment however we can hire tents for a small extra cost.

Location & Transport

This surf camp is on the Scotland’s Western Isles. It can be reached by ferry from Oban. Public transport by train or bus from Edinburgh or Glasgow to Oban is straight forward. We will update exact locations once booking in. We can arrange free transport for customers travelling by foot on the Islands. Customers are welcome to bring their own vehicles.

Surf Conditions

The West Coast islands of Scotland are one of the most consistent locations in Europe. The islands offer waves for all levels. In the event of very large swell or dangerous storm conditions we may offer alternative locations. In the event of flat we have back up activities.

FAQs

Standard lessons last for two hours. This is from the lesson start time to finish time in the water. Please allow roughly 15-30mins extra for the walk back and changing.

Most classes are groups, with ratios of one instructor to 8 pupils. More advanced surf and paddleboard classes can be smaller number. For classes with younger participants we normally provide assistants to compliment the instructors. We can offer weekday private classes and these will appear on our website when we have availability?

Please bring a towel, swim costume and sun protection. It can also be useful also to bring £1 coins for the surf centre hot showers and the beach car park. There are local places to eat within 5-15 minutes walk and there is also a food van that sells coffee, cakes and toasties at certain times of the year in the beach car park. 

We provide excellent wetsuits and accessories appropriate to conditions so you are warm and comfortable throughout the year. All surfboards, skateboards, paddleboards and bodyboards are also included in the cost of lesson. And safety equipment is provided for coasteering and skateboarding classes.

You can find level guides for SUP and Surf under the corresponding tabs on our website.

We recommend checking surf forecast www.surfline.com. Type in Belhaven Bay. Usually, 1-2ft+ is a good indication there will be waves. You can also check out our surf forecast here.

For all lessons and hires we require all participants to be able to swim a minimum of 50 metres unaided.

We have a team of experienced instructors who have current surf lifesaving qualifications and surf and play in our waters regularly. All of our activities are regularly risk assessed to ensure customer safety. We also are assessed by AALA every two years.

We advise you not to take part if pregnant. We understand many pregnant women have taken part in sport successfully but due to the potential to fall or for a board to hit the body in our main three sports, we prefer to be cautious and will welcome you back with open arms when you have brought your new arrival into the world!

All classes on the east coast meet at the 

Belhaven Surf Centre 

36 Back Road (on Shore Road)
Belhaven, Dunbar
East Lothian
EH42 1NX

Beginner '+' surf lesson

Our Beginner + surf lessons help develop technique and control in the white water. We recommend two lessons at this stage as you learn how to stand for longer with more style, understand speed control and learn a variety of turning techniques.

Lessons include a friendly Coast to Coast qualified instructor and top of the range equipment! Each lesson lasts 2 hours. Please arrive 15 minutes early to get ready. Click ‘details’ to see what we cover.

  • Improve your paddling and pop up
  • Learn how to ride a wave to the beach
  • Learn how to go faster and slower
  • Learn how to control the board and turn both directions
  • Lessons are open to beginners who can stand
  • Surf one of the best beginner-friendly beaches in Scotland
  • Book online in few easy steps

Surf Lessons

Packages

Mobile Surf Tours

Scoping out the best waves and taking the crew!

Island Surf Tours

Island surf adventures in some of Scotland’s most beautiful places.

North Coast Surf Tours

Incredible beaches and world-class waves.

Find your surf level

Surf coaching can help you improve quickly but it’s important to start at the right level.

We have 4 stages of development: beginner, improver, intermediate and advanced.

The way we teach, where and what we offer varies depending on your level.

Beginner

Ideal for?

  • Those new to the sport of surfing
  • Those who have surfed before but struggle to catch or stand in white water waves

Aims: To have fun surfing safely while developing your technique and knowledge – becoming a white water warrior!

Availability: Daily lessons subject to waves.

Beginner +

Ideal for?

  • Those with experience of surfing white water.
  • Those who can stand up on a surf board

Aims: To have fun surfing safely while developing control, learning speed and turning techniques.

Availability: Daily lessons subject to waves.

Improver

Ideal for? 

  • Those who can catch waves and stand with good posture consistently and in control in white water
  • Those who are surfing unbroken waves but are struggling to catch unbroken waves, trim along or control speed.

Aims: To catch more unbroken waves and surf with control while developing your technique and knowledge. Become a green wave glider!

Availability: Weekly lessons subject to waves.

Intermediate

Ideal for?

  • Those that can surf with control along both big and small unbroken waves.
  • For those that wish to improve their technique on unbroken waves.

Aims: To improve how you surf an unbroken wave going higher, lower, further and deeper. Develop better body dynamics on the board.

Availability: Bespoke surf & surf skate lessons with a senior instructor. Development courses and tours.