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SURFING

Surfing in Scotland is a totally exhilarating experience. Once you’ve taken that initial cold dip, the fantastic waves, beautiful scenery and a 5mm wetsuit will soon make you forget the cold.

Once you’ve taken that initial cold dip, the fantastic waves, beautiful scenery and a 5mm wetsuit will soon make you forget the cold.

Big Wave Surfer Al Mennie, part of the team who surfed the largest wave in history in Portugal last year has nothing but praise for the surf conditions in Scotland.

“Both Ireland and Scotland are fantastic up and coming venues and are competing at the surfing world stage with established surf spots like Hawaii and Australia. We don’t have tubes of sun cream here; instead we have 6mm wetsuits. It’s a much more rugged experience”

With some of the best surf conditions in Europe and average water temperature between 4 and 14 degrees centigrade it’s easy to see why Scotland has been the home to the Cold Water Classic competition for 6 years.

The event’s patron, Andy Bain, said the event was attracting the attention of some of the world’s top surfers, despite the cold conditions.

He said: “Scotland has always been under the radar in terms of its surf but it’s starting to get recognised now.”

Some of our favourite spots for surfing can be found in the 40 known breaks between East Lothian near Edinburgh and Eyemouth in the eastern Scottish Borders, where people have been surfing since the late 60’s.

In the west there are great breaks off Machrihanish in the Kintyre peninsula, the Island of Tiree and particularly off the west coast of Lewis in the Outer Hebrides where you’ll find white sand beaches, turquoise waters and big breaks.

In the north the waves off Thurso are legendary. Thurso East is a right-hand reef break over a flat, kelp covered rock shelf, best on a big north-west swell when you can find surfable waves of triple overhead and more.

With around 6200 miles of mainland coastline and nearly 800 islands you’ll often find you have more than enough waves all to yourself. As always in a good swell if there is a line up treat the locals with respect and take your turn. Joining the queue and asking for local knowledge always goes down well.

If you’re considering surfing in Scotland a Rockinvan has everything you could need; transport with accomodation, onboard heating and even full cooking facilities so you can make yourself a hot cup of tea when you get out of the sea.

SNOW SPORTS

Scotland is home to the only natural ski and snowboard resorts in Britain.

There are 5 areas in which to ski and all have invested heavily over the last few years to rival the standards in many European resorts.

Cairngorm, Glenshee and the Lecht resorts can be found in the Grampian mountain range, while the Nevis Range and Glencoe are situated in the west of Scotland near Ben Nevis.

Snow sports take place between December and April, depending on snowfall. Winter operating hours usually between 9am and 4pm, depending on daylight.

Here at Rockinvans we’ve always found it pays off to do your research. Find out what the snow conditions are like at each resort and check up that the access roads are open and most of all safe for travel.

With Scotland’s ski resorts all being within 2 and a half hours drive of each other you can afford to pick and choose according to the best weather conditions, and what better way to make this journey than in a Rockinvan. From February to April, Rockinvans offer some of their cheapest campervan hire rates making it the perfect time to take advantage of our great savings on your trip to the Scottish slopes. We have everything you could need; transport with accommodation, on board heating and even full cooking facilities so that you can make yourself a hot chocolate at the end of a hard day on the slopes.

If you prefer to slide off the slopes and into your shorts then why not consider the indoor year round skiing facility at Glasgow’s Xscape?

Aviemore Cairngorms

There are more than 30km of ski runs as well as a fully maintained snowboard park; with cross country skiing also popular and Disability Snowsports UK offering snow sports tuition for the disabled.

Glenshee

Rockinvans favourite Ski Centre offers the UK’s most extensive skiing and snowboarding facilities, with an impressive 22 lifts and 36 runs the resort offers an amazing diversity of natural terrain for all standards of skiers and snowboarders.

Glencoe

Scotland’s oldest Ski centre Glencoe has a reputation for being a great venue for the more experienced skier. With stunning scenery and your choice of 19 runs including the famous ‘flypaper’ (the UK’s steepest black run), Glencoe is a must visit destination for the more experienced skier and snowboarder. In our opinion Glencoe is best after a good snow and it also benefits from being the closest resort to Glasgow.

Nevis Range

Nevis Range, Fort William, is home to Scotland’s highest mountain, the mighty Ben Nevis. Here you can ride Scotland’s only gondola to the slopes and find fantastic skiing and panoramic view points.

The Lecht

This natural playground offers exciting winter activities, ideal for all levels of skiers and snowboarders but especially good for beginners and intermediates. A total of 12 different lifts, including a 3man chairlift and a magic carpet travelator to get novices going on day one.  Tubing is available depending on the conditions, (descend the slope out of control in a large tyre).

Soar Intu Braehead

The 200m long indoor main slope is covered with over 1700 tonnes of fresh snow, with 2 poma lifts. There is also a dedicated lesson slope for beginners 

Recommended Sports locations

Belhaven Bay Belhaven Bay
Machrihanish Machrihanish
Tiree Tiree
Islay Other

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