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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
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.

Erin Temple
May 20, 2024

Had an amazing time paddle boarding at Cullen. Adam was a great teacher and spent time with each of us to help us improve our skills. I was a bit nervous about falling off and having to get back on but Adam taught us how to self rescue and after that it was easy. No problems falling in after that! Would recommend to anyone wanting to try something new or to brush up on some skills before solo paddle boarding.

Heather P
May 19, 2024

Having no experience of paddle boarding and being in my 50’s I was a bit anxious about how the lesson would go. I needn’t have worried because Adam immediately made me feel at ease and informed me id be standing on the paddle within the hour - this turned out to be true. I went with my 15 year old son who thoroughly enjoyed the lesson too - especially the times he tried to push me in! The equipment provided was perfect and of very high quality. The lesson group was small which was less intimidating. We found the whole experience fun, worthwhile and definitely value for money.

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 😝


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.