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Welcome to Blue Coast, Cullen's Surf & Stand-Up-Paddleboarding (SUP) School

Moray & Aberdeenshire, Scotland

Blue Coast is the leading provider of coastal surf & adventure experiences in the North East of Scotland.

We specialise in Surf Lessons, SUP Lessons & Tours, SUP Yoga, Coasteering and Equipment Hire from our base in Cullen Bay on the Moray Firth coast, including locations such as Cullen, Portknockie and Sandend.

Fun sea activities for all

Activities for adults & kids alike; whether you're after a coastal adventure, a feel-good experience, or simply to try something new and have fun in a safe environment, we have an activity (and a cosy wetsuit) for you.
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reviews since 2022
May 17, 2024

This was a once in a lifetime experience. We throughly enjoyed learning this new skill with Adam’s expertise and guidance. Thank you Adam for this amazing experience.

Paul G
May 16, 2024

Had great fun on the surf lesson at Cullen beach. Adam is patient and explains everything clearly. Would recommend this to anyone.

Dmitry O
May 15, 2024

The session was great fun! Adam is a patient and friendly instructor. We spent a lot of time in the water practicing. We will be coming back for sure.

Marie Colley
May 14, 2024

Daughters bought me a coasteering session with Adam for my 60th birthday! Total novice but I loved every minute! Felt safe and in good hands. Highly recommend. 😄

Katarzyna Goszcz
May 14, 2024

Took an Introduction to Paddle Boarding with Blue Coast & Paddle in May2024. The session took place in a safe and  quiet harbour of Cullen. The class was very well structured and explained. It covered safety aspects and all necessary basic techniques allowing for padding on your own (standing up) at the end of the class! Truly enjoyed it! Highly recommend it!

May 10, 2024

My daughter and I had an Intro to Paddleboarding with Adam at Portknockie Harbour. Cannot rate it highly enough. Adam was absolutely lovely. (If u r a middle aged menopausal women - go for it! The wetsuits do fit! There is no excuse!) The location was stunning.It was our first go. Decided on Blue Coast even though closer options to Aberdeen. Absolutely delighted. (Have I said that already....!) Go on. You will love it!

May 5, 2024

Adam was a good and patient teacher and made the experience fun despite our lack of skill and overall ability. I plan on taking yoga for a year and coming back and trying again! Highly recommend this adventure

Ross P
April 19, 2024

Managed to get a booking with short notice thanks to Adam. My daughter and nephew done the paddle board class and had a great time, the location at Cullen harbour was a great location to carry out the lesson. Due to poor sea state that day this protected them. We will book again when we are back up in the summer to visit there Grandparents.

Nick Midgley
April 10, 2024

We have had various sessions with Adam @ Blue Coast - always brilliant, helpful, learning & confident, safe environment

Great teachers & all in fantastic locations with excellent equipment - I had some trepidation for my first surfing lesson, I needn’t have worried, 2nd time we had a ‘big sea’ but guided by Adam I had one of the most exhilarating experiences - I will be doing this again - I think I’m improving 😝

Gayle Watson
April 6, 2024

My daughter and I had a fabulous time. Adam was very professional. The session was not only informative but fun and worth every penny. Would definitely recommend booking with Blue Coast Surf & Paddle.

Ash Rogers
November 8, 2023

We joined a small group of mixed ability surfers while we were up in Scotland and thoroughly enjoyed our session with Adam. The mixed nature was no problem for Adam and he was able to give us all individual tips that helped us improve through the session.

If anyone is in the area and is looking for a surf lesson then I would highly recommend Blue Coast. You're a superstar, Adam.

Nigel Bell
October 16, 2023

My son and daughter have really enjoyed their surf lessons with Adam at Blue Coast Surf & Paddle. Great addition to Cullen beach and look forward to trying out the coasterering next. Thoroughly recommend 👌

October 9, 2023

Fun, informative, and in a lovely location, it was a great experience, something slightly different to the usual activities, and was overall an enjoyable morning. Adam was supportive and patient and very good at explaining all the fundamentals. Will definitely be paddleboarding in the future thanks to Adam and the confidence he inspires!

Teresa W
October 3, 2023

I have been taking surfing lessons with Adam at Blue Coast most Sundays since early July after a recommendation from a friend and it is one of the most fun experiences I’ve had.

He is extremely professional and clearly very passionate about what he does and even though I’ve been doing lessons in a group setting, he makes sure everyone gets one on one time with pointers on how you can improve.

I’m 36 years old and never surfed before but have discovered that it’s never too late to start. Whether you fancy trying it alone or in a big group you won’t be disappointed and will be made to feel very welcome.

Steven Caie
October 2, 2023

I visited Blue Coast for a first go at surfing and loved it.  Adam was brilliant with the group, knowledgeable and a great instructor.  I enjoyed myself and the instruction so much I went back up two days for stand up paddle boarding.  Top notch

Aneta Maeso
September 26, 2023

I did a coasteering adventure few weeks ago and it was the funnest and most exciting thing ever! Although it looked a bit dangerous when I saw videos online prior to the session, on the day Adam helped me feel confident and safe. He went over every step carefully and prepared us for jumping by gradually increasing heights. Every activity was optional and the atmosphere was great. I honestly can’t wait to do it again!

September 24, 2023

Adam is very knowledgeable and reassuring and was an excellent tutor. We were both quite apprehensive but Adam made it an excellent experience. Would highly recommend .

Dmitry O
September 23, 2023

Our surfing lesson was great fun! Adam is an excellent teacher. We spent plenty of time in the water. We can't wait to go back!

Ian P
September 17, 2023

Bought a session for granddaughter. She thoroughly enjoyed the day and the two staff members there ensured that she was getting well educated in the practicalities of surfing. On the way home she said she needs to come again and is keen on increasing competency. Thoroughly recommend Adam and his team for attention to detail . Definitely return for a few more lessons

Darryl S
September 16, 2023

Booked both a surf lesson for my son and a SUP lesson during the summer, both were great days out. Adam is a great teacher, read the abilities of everyone in the group and ensured all had a great time. All equipment was in perfect condition and had great photos emailed though after the lesson.Would highly recommend, and will be back next year.


Small group surf lessons for all. Personal instruction.


Introduction to SUP & safety. Guided tours exploring our coastline.


An immersive adventure in the marine environment. Swim, climb, jump, explore.
A glimpse of North Sea magic

Why choose our surf school?

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Unbeatable locations at Cullen & Portknockie

Our long sandy beach benefits from local coffee and food businesses, public toilets, and free parking. Portknockie is a world-class venue for exploring the coastline to the iconic Bow Fiddle Rock. Look out for dolphins!

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Surf lessons focused on fun, progress & safety

Learn to surf with us; perfect for adults, kids, groups, couples, and families. Personal instruction in a safe & fun environment.

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SUP lessons & special excursions / tours

We teach you to paddleboard safely and independently. Enjoy our local coastline from a fresh perspective; fun for everyone.

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Quality equipment

We only use the highest quality equipment, including warm 5mm thick wetsuits and accessories, buoyancy aids, and helmets. All included in your activity.

Activities for all

We offer activities for all ages & abilities. Whether you're after an adventure, a feel-good experience, or simply to try something new and have fun, we have something to suit you.

Experienced & friendly guides

All of our team are highly-trained water people; fully qualified as instructors, guides and lifeguards, insured and disclosure checked.

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Based year-round in and around Cullen & Portknockie


The highest quality surf & SUP equipment. Warm wetsuits.

SUP Yoga

A unique & feel-good experience; enjoy a yoga class on the water.

Nippers Kids Club

Weekly sessions; learning sea skills and having fun.


Tried & tested surf and paddleboard equipment. Clothing & photography prints.
At ease.
A state of flow.
Breathe easy.
No paddle no surf.
Beyond the beach.
Everything else falls away.