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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
Tom M
July 24, 2024

Booked surfing lesson for daughter (10yr) absolutely loved it.

Instructor was very knowledgeable and took the time with everyone to ensure they had an enjoyable experience.

Good safe environment.

Would recommend it regardless of age.

Jacqueline Lacey
July 22, 2024

Great experience, would definitely recommend !!

Maggie Campbell
July 20, 2024

We booked an introduction to SUP session and had an amazing time. Keir is an excellent instructor & was really patient. He explained everything really clearly & gave some good advice & tips. We had great fun & delighted to be standing up independently by the end....a huge achievement. Would definitely recommend & would re-book for a tour next time we're in the area.

July 18, 2024

Great instructors, great fun had by all… kids mastered standing up quickly… definitely recommend and will go again. Booked coasteering too and enjoyed scrambling, swimming and jumping in to the water. You’ll have a great day with the team!!

Carole P
July 16, 2024

My daughter took part in the 4 day kids surf camp for kids and absolutely loved it. The instructors Keir and Emmy-Jo were great, really friendly and had my daughter who was a novice standing up on the board and doing tricks by the end of the camp. I can’t recommend it enough! We’ve just booked to try the coasteering next and expect that to be just as good. Thanks to Adam and his crew.

Georgina B
July 6, 2024

My husband and I had our second surf lesson this week, this time held by Kier. We had a great time and cannot recommend Blue Coast Surf enough! The equipment is top class - I promise you don’t get cold as the wetsuits and boots are such thick neoprene you don’t even feel the cold water!

We really enjoyed learning and wanted to practice our surfing in our own time so we hired the wetsuits & board later in the week too, £20 for 3 hours hire each - such good value and allowed us to potter up the bay and catch some more waves!

I’m sure we’ll be back again on our next holiday to Moray.

July 1, 2024

So much fun....Adam is a great instructor ...would recommend to anyone

Marie Blake
July 1, 2024

We booked a two hour SUP lesson. Two adults and four kids aged 8 to 11. I was really apprehensive but Adam soon put us all at ease and was incredibly calm and patient. My wee boy has autism struggles to process information and tries to do his own thing. All my concerns melted away after a short time and soon realised that I can’t remember the last time I laughed so hard. Brilliant experience and a fantastic afternoon for all.

Amanda Smith
June 28, 2024

I booked in for the 2 hr Intro to SUP and had an absolutely great time. From start to finish Adam explains everything so well and makes you feel at ease. Portknockie Harbour is a beautiful location too. I would recommend this to anyone wanting to learn how to SUP. I will definitely be booking on to one of their SUP coastal tours.

Dave Hannett
June 24, 2024

Great SUP coastal tour with Adam, from Cullen beach and along the coastline to Bow Fiddle Rock. We previously had an introductory lesson with Adam and then rebooked to do the tour. He is a fantastic guide and SUP instructor and we would highly recommend him & Blue Coast if you want to experience the amazing Moray coastline for yourselves.

Andrea W
June 22, 2024

We went as a group for an Introduction to Paddleboarding. Adam was just amazing. He is so knowledgeable and patient. As well as group instruction, we all got some individual attention. It has given us skills and confidence to practice on our own before heading back to Blue Coast to do a paddleboard tour or two!

Suzanne M
June 20, 2024

Amazing introductory course to paddleboarding. Adam the instructor & owner made our first time on paddleboards fun and 2 hours went really quickly. Using Portknockie harbour to learn made it easier as it was calmer water, although you know you are in the sea but safe. Adam's relaxed manner helped ease our nerves and progress from kneeling to stand up paddleboarding, there was a few times we were in the water, we definitely would recommend giving this ago.Adam is experienced and patient which is just what you want from an instructor. We would definitely book another session with him.

Tom L
June 11, 2024

I recent went on their Surfari day trip and it was extremely good fun. It was my first time using Blue Coast and they made me feel super welcome. We had instructors who really know the local area and that are very knowledgeable in the technical side of surfing too. The day was full of laughs, learning and some really fun surf. I would highly recommend to anyone looking to improve their surfing and will be looking out for the next one that comes up!

Zaneta Mickova
June 9, 2024

Absolutely amazing! We will be back ☺️

Nick M
June 1, 2024

Paddling boarding for first time at Portknockie - we’ve been surfing with Adam several times before, my teenage son wanted to introduce his girlfriend to paddle boarding so we knew a Blue Coast Cullen activity would be good. Small group & again excellent tuition & attention to detail and making us feel really safe & comfortable by Adam. Great learning experience, covered so much in the afternoon & I was really pleased to manage to get standing on the board & moving around!! All the kit - wetsuits & boards really good quality. Great for some transferable skills for surfing next time - thanks so much to Adam for another great experience 😆

Emma M
May 29, 2024

Adam was a great teacher and definitely knew what he was doing! He was super nice and helpful and I felt that I learned a lot from just this one lesson. Definitely have to come back and do this again!

Emma Smith
May 26, 2024

Great paddleboard lesson with Adam. We are now more confident in using our own paddleboard - gave us instruction on propulsion and maneuvering - learned a lot. Perfect location, really enjoyed the session. Definitely recommend to anyone looking to try paddleboarding or simply looking to improve their technique.

steve a
May 26, 2024

Great paddle board lesson gave me some great tips and coaching . First class teacher .Made me feel confident in getting back on my board and doing rescue techniques.

Hannah D
May 26, 2024

Had surfing lessons with blue coast surf & paddle and they were amazing! Highly recommend them to any one of any ability. Adam and his team are very freindly and knowledgable.

Gail Caie
May 23, 2024

Over a weekend in May '24, my family and I attended a Surf and a Coasteering lesson with Blue Coast.  My husband and I had already had surf and SUP lessons with Adam, but this was our kids' (8 & 10) first lesson.

Adam and EmmieJo were our instructors for both lessons and they were great.  Adam explained things really well, the kids really liked him and EmmieJo who supported them in the water. They both loved the surfing and the fact they managed to stand and 'surf'.

We were all new to Coasteering and we really enjoyed it.  Adam led us around the coastline at Portknockie and we explored the caves and really enjoyed jumping into the water.  It was clear Adam had planned our routine to make sure the kids got their best experience at their ability level.

Thank you Adam and EmmieJo for a great weekend, the kids absolutely loved the activities. I'm sure you'll be seeing us all again over the summer.I'd highly recommend Blue Coast Surf & Paddle for anyone interested in water sports.


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.