Here we are delighted to welcome guest blogger Ryan Morrison. Ryan lives in the beautiful city of Edinburgh and can be found blogging at www.scotlandhereandnow.com
When you think of surfing, what locations do you immediately think of? Australia’s Gold Coast? Santa Catarina in Brazil? Brian Wilson will have you believe California is surf central. So what if I told you that one of the fastest growing destinations in the world for surfers is Thurso on the north coast of Scotland. No I’m not crazy, I get that reaction a lot, just let me explain…
Thurso Surf capital of Scotland
Thurso is now considered one of Europe’s premier surfing venues and has been since 1981 when it was chosen to host the Eurosurf Championships by the Scottish Surfing Federation.
The picturesque town of Thurso has a fantastic bay, harbour and beach front that sit in the shadow of the historic 12th century Thurso Castle. There is very consistent surf all year round, with the winter swells starting from September onwards being the place for the serious big wave surfers.
There are plenty of interesting places to visit during your stay here and an excellent range of accommodation options including 4 hotels, 3 B&B’s, a backpackers hostel and for the hardy outdoor types, there’s a self catering campsite.
So if you are looking for a surfing vacation this year, forget Hawaii, Bali and South Africa. Come surf in Scotland, just remember to bring your air insulated wetsuit.