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Surf and Beach Yoga Holiday in Scotland

Beginner difficulty
Maximum 10 participants
Breakfast included

Surf. Yoga. Explore. Discover. Breathe. Eat. Sleep. Repeat. You are invited to this three-day itinerary of surf, water, outdoor, cultural and culinary, north coast incredibleness! Learn to surf on some of Europe’s tippety top learner waves and stay in the beautiful belly of the north coast beast - no surfing or yoga experience required. Your experienced Scottish champion coaches will teach you everything, from reading the conditions to cruising along green waves. This unsung corner of the earth is the perfect place to escape the madness, feel the salt spray and have an adventure. Bring a friend, partner, group, or yourself to have a guaranteed good time!

Meet the instructors

Iona & Finn Orion
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  • Daily surf lessons
  • Daily beach view yoga for all levels of skills
  • Guidance of experienced Scottish champion surf coaches
  • Breakfast daily, a packed lunch, and wood-fired pizza and seafood barbecue dinners
  • Guided walk around Torrisdale sands or Castle Varrich, or private hot tub and sauna
  • Use of wetsuit, surfboard, and yoga kit
  • 3 nights accommodation
  • Projected surf movies

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate


3 days with instruction
Group size: 5-10 participants
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  • Dining area
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Fireplace
  • Lobby
  • Lounge
  • Smoke-free property
  • Free parking
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Internet access
  • Meeting room

Melvich Hotel will be your home away from home during this getaway. Your beachside accommodation looks directly down onto the golden sands of Melvich beach and the Pentland Firth. Recently renovated, the hotel displays its love of its surroundings with all the beach chic inspo required.

In both decor and food, the surf and local north coast influences abound - you can plot your adventures in the restaurant eating the very best in Melvich - made wood-fired pizza, inspired by the huge wall length hand painted map mural that runs the length of the room.

The garden looks down onto the sea and provides the perfect backdrop for outdoor yoga classes or just sit at the end of an adventurous day. Share a twin bedroom or enjoy a double to yourself, either way, you will get all the sea view you need to inspire you to jump straight into the ocean.


Sample daily itinerary

Friday - Arrive at any time

Meet at Thurso harbor in the afternoon (the Surfing Hub in Scotland). In winter, the waters here light up with world-class waves. You will be briefed over the exciting plans for the few days to come and chat about the wave conditions.

Time and wave dependent, you might even get a quick surf, swim, or walk-in before dinner. If you arrive later, then, North Coast Watersports will arrange to just meet you at the hotel.

You will then head out to Melvich Hotel and get settled in with a night of socializing and eat the best wood-fired pizza in the north!


Start the day with a morning surf at one of the best spots in the UK, followed by beach-view yoga. You will then head along the coast to the beautiful village called Bettyhill where you will have a freshly-made picnic for lunch.

For the afternoon, there are options to either have some free time to explore the area yourself, or come join North Coast Watersports and they will take you to some of their favorite lesser known spots and even have the option to go pier or waterfall jumping.

Later in the afternoon, you will go on a guided walk, either up the castle Varrich or around Torrisdale sands before filling your bellies at one of the local restaurants in Tongue. To finish the night, how about an outdoor projected surf movie? Don't worry, there will be a back up plan if the weather does not cooperate.


Again, you will start the day with some yoga to clear the mind before exploring more of the wild North coast. You will chase the surf along the beautiful points with crystal clear waters while you will be told quirky local tales. Your experienced local coaches will improve your surfing to the next level - filming all the good times for keepsake memories.

Again, there will be optional free time or activities such as coming sand dune bodyboarding with the team. The store cafe will provide a mega barbecue for the evening - with fresh seafood - while you kick back with a bonfire on the beach.


After a busy couple of days, you will wake up with some yoga, and if you are still full of energy, go a wee surf too. Sadly, then the weekend is over.

If the weather is a bit stormy, the team will arrange a private hire - on them - for the group to enjoy the hot tub and sauna!

Every room will be equipped with a goodie bag which includes a "welcome pack". This is filled with information on North Coast Watersports' favorite walks in the area and cool stories. Gin and snacks will also be included - what more could you want!?

This rough plan is totally dependent on weather and waves. You will chat about the final plan the night before, so you can make the most of the conditions get thrown at you!

Included excursions

A guided walk around either Torrisdale sands or Castle Varrich - filled with quirky local tales - is included in this package.


Iona McLachlan

Finn Orion MacDonald


This surf holiday will be based in Melvich, a wee village in the Scottish highlands. It is over 100 miles away from the nearest city and is the perfect place to explore the magnificent, wild North coast. Situated just above the beautiful Melvich beach, 20 minutes away from the surf hub of Thurso, the hotel could not be a better location.

There is more to experience here than just amazing waves. The feel of the place is different. The drive alone is breathtaking, through such a vast and varied landscape. You will be staying right above the beach! Here, world-class waves roll into the river mouth. Have a walk down to the shores, swim off the port, or meet the small, friendly community that live in these peaceful lands.


  • Wick John O' Groats Airport (WIC) - 1-hour drive
  • Thurso - 20-minute drive



  • Choose from cereal, fruit, yogurt, or toast
  • Full Scottish: square sausage, bacon, egg, tomato, black pudding, tattie scone
  • Full veg: hash brown, egg, mushrooms, tomato, beans
  • Porridge

Freshly made pack lunch

It contains homemade sandwich with homemade fillings, juice, crisps, fruit, cake, etc.


  • Pizza - homemade wood-fired pizza with a huge selection of toppings you can choose from
  • Barbecue - a selection of burgers, chicken, prawns, corn on the cob, jacket potatoes, salad, etc.


Be sure to be filled with lots of homemade cake and hot drinks in between your adventures.

If you have any dietary requirements (vegan / dairy free / gluten free, etc.), please inform North Coast Watersports before arrival and they will accommodate this.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Snacks

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
  • Other dietary requirements on request
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

Hire one of our stand up paddle boards to explore the coast from another perspective!

  • Look out for whales and secret caves - 10 GBP for 2 hours.
  • We will provide a welcome pack in your room filled with local stories and incredible walks in the area. Check them out in your free time and uncover more of the North coasts secrets.
  • Travel East, back to Thurso and have a taste at one of the local whisky or gin distilleries!

What's included

  • Daily surf lessons
  • Daily yoga sessions
  • Wetsuit, surfboard, and yoga kit
  • 3 nights accommodation
  • Breakfast everyday
  • 1 pack lunch
  • 2 dinners - barbecue and pizza
  • Snacks
  • Extra activities

What's not included

  • Transport
  • 1 dinner
  • 1 lunch
  • Drinks

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Wick John O' Groats Airport (WIC). This airport is the closest airport you can fly to, with it being an hour's drive to the hotel. Alternatively, rent a car from one of the further away cities and drive up (e.g Inverness, Glasgow / Edinburgh). It is recommended for you to have your own car for transport if possible. If not, please get in touch and North Coast Watersports can arrange picking you up (limited spaces).

Arrival by bus or train

You can also get a bus or train into Thurso which is then a 20-minute drive to the hotel.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 20% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.

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4 days / 3 nights
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Minimum group size

This trip requires a minimum of 5 participants

Monday May 2, 2022
(4 days / 3 nights)

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