Watersports in Wales

Find out all you need to know about the major watersports to be enjoyed around the coast and on the lakes and rivers of Wales.

Of course, enjoying our plentiful supply of water is not always about adrenaline filled physical activities. Enjoy the rush of a speedboat tour around the Anglesey, or a more gentle boat trip off the Cambrian coast for a spot of dolphin spotting. If you just like to be by gentle water there are miles of canals with footpaths or take a narrow boat ride over the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct.


Whether or not you want to get up close and personal with the wet stuff there is no denying that a natural water feature as part of the garden, be it the sound of a babbling stream, a footpath down to a lake or a fantastic sea view can be an added bonus to you Wales cottage holiday. See here for all our Waterside Cottages.


If only the sea will do and we can offer a wide variety of properties in locations right along our coastline. From footpaths down to shingle coves or leisurely strolls down country lanes to a headland with a view to beachfront apartments, take a look her for our Seaside Cottages that are all within a mile of the sea.


Whitewater Rafting

Thrills, and hopefully not spills, are up for the taking when hitting the Welsh white water of mountain rivers. Whether you are a beginner or are now addicted to the excitement of rushing down the rapids there will be an opportunity for you to get out on the water. The National White Water Centre is located near Bala and focusses its activities on the Afon Tryweryn, a river with the Snowdonia National Park that provides both challenging and more accommodation sections of white water. The River Teifi in Carmarthenshire offers a more gentle experience, great for family adventures or why not head to the city and to the Cardiff White Water Centre for shorter and exciting man made rapid courses.

Surfing and the like!

Whether you want to traditional surfing, or try your hand at paddle boarding, wakeboarding or windsurfing there will be a beach along the many miles of Welsh coast for you. We have 44 Blue Flag beaches 2016 and plenty more with gold standard and eco awards so you will be guaranteed an inviting and clean environment for your activities. Take a look at our Top Surf Spots page with details of the 4 Welsh areas included in the top 10 surfing spots compiled by surfguru.co.uk plus a couple of other notable mentions. The page also includes links to all our properties located within half a mile of the sea if you want to be as close to the water as possible even when you are out of your wetsuit and relaxing after a busy day on the waves.

Top Surf Spots


There are plenty of locations perfect for discovering coasteering from Anglesey down to the Lleyn Peninsula than along the Pembrokeshire coast and even the Glamorgan Heritage Coast in South Wales. With scalable cliffs, plenty of arch and cave features and an abundance of wildlife, it’s as if the Welsh coast was made for coasteering. For those of you not already in the know coasteering involves scrambling along the cliffs, exploring caves, cliff features, rockpools and, when the cliffs become uncooperative, just jump in the water and swim the short hop to the next rock. This is a great opportunity to get that adrenaline pumping while having a great time and getting up close and personal with our wonderful Welsh marine life. There are plenty of qualified guides just waiting for you to take the plunge!


If you want to give this exciting sport a go, whether out on the sea or on an inland lake, there are plenty of RYA registered clubs around Wales that would love to encourage you to get into sailing. With Sailability schemes throughout the country everyone can have the opportunity to experience harnessing the power of the wind and the thrill of boating. If you have already been bitten by the sailing bug and need a property close to the coast where you can park, and even launch, your boat then we do have a few options for you! Give us a call on 01686 628200 or send us an email with your requirements.

Kayaking & Canoeing

For kayaking and canoeing enthusiasts there is fantastic choice of environment and location. From trips hugging our coastline, to white water adventures in South Wales, family friendly lake settings in North Wales and to meandering Mid Wales rivers there is an opportunity for everyone to enjoy this thrilling sport. Whatever the time of year, or even the weather, you will always spot some intrepid kayakers out on our Welsh rivers and with miles of navigable waterways crisscrossing the country you are never going to be far away from an opportunity to get your canoe out onto the water. For newbies there are also plenty of companies offering first canoeing experiences, guided river trips or excursions circumnavigating lakes.

Paddle Boarding

Paddle boarding or SUP ( Stand Up Paddle ) has fast become a very popular sport all over Wales.  From Abersoch beach on the Llyn Peninsula to Saundersfoot beach in Pembrokeshire, there are plenty of places where you can hire a paddle board or have lessons.

Here are some suggestions for paddle board destinations and providers all over Wales.

Saundersfoot - Calm Water
Abersoch - Abersoch Watersports
Llanberis - Snowdonia Watersports
Cardigan - Cardigan Bay Watersports
Dale - West Wales Watersports
Pembroke -Outer Reef Surf School
Broad Haven - Haven Sports
Aberystwyth - Aber Adventures
Barmouth - SUP Barmouth
Swansea- The SUP Hut