North West And Eastern Marine Tourism
Stretching from Shetland in the north to Eyemouth in the south and encompassing the Orkney Islands, the waters of the Pentland Firth, Moray Firth, the Firth of Tay and the Firth of Forth. The waters off the north and east of Scotland are the gateway to Scotland from Scandinavia and northern Europe.
Whether your interest is on the water, in the water or under the water, the waters round the north and east coasts of Scotland has plenty to offer. The facilities for the marine tourist vary from modern marinas, through traditional harbours to new pontoon structures and moorings, but all round this coast you will find plenty to attract the marine tourist.
Kayaking and Paddle Sports
The islands of Shetland and Orkney provide lots of opportunities for Kayaking and canoeing, some of which can be very challenging. Further south kayaking is an excellent way to explore the Caithness coast and Moray Firth. The Aberdeenshire coast also offers kayakers plenty to explore, as does the Fife coast.
Visit the land below the waves scottish waters attract leisure divers from all over the world, whether it is to explore one of the many wrecks under the water or to search out some of the best seafood in the world there is ample to enthral the underwater photographer or sport divers. Shetland is home to some of the best scuba diving sites in the UK with a profusion of wrecks and amazing under water scenery. Other popular diving sites can be found at Scapa Flow in Orkney, round the Moray Firth and down the East Coast to St Abbs marine reserve, in the Scottish Borders, where the underwater scenery attracts divers all year round.
The east of Scotland is the gateway to Scotland for the sailor from Scandinavia and Norther Europe. There are plenty of small harbours and marinas spread along the coast to encourage cruising up or down the Scottish east coast. From the Moray Firth there is access via Inverness and Loch Ness to the Caledonian Canal and the north west of Scotland. The Firth of Forth provides access to the Forth and Clyde Canal and access to the Clyde in the West. Orkney and Shetland offer wonderful opportunities for the more adventurous cruising in waters once sailed by Vikings. There are excellent marina facilities to be found at Peterhead, Aberdeen, Tayport, Port Edgar and many more.
Wind and kitesurfing are popular sports and the long sandy beaches of the the Moray Firth and the Aberdeenshire coast offer plenty of opportunities to pursue these activites. As do the beaches of Gullane, Longniddrie, Burghead, Elie, St Andrews, Newport, Carnoustie and many more.
The Scottish marine environment provides opportunities to see Scottish wildlife up close, whether it is bottlenose dolphins, basking sharks, harbour seals or porpoise there is plenty to see if you know where to look. The Moray Firth is home to a pod of bottlenose dolphins that can be seen regularly. Shetland and Orkney provide world renowned sea bird watching opportunities as well as dolphin and whale watching. The Bass rock in the Firth of Forth is a seabird reserve, offering the opportunity to see nesting sea-birds up close via a video link to the Scottish Seabird Centre at North Berwick. Whatever your interest in marine wildlife there are spotting opportunities all down this coast.