About Us

We are based in the cold water surfing mecca of the world! Thurso's gifted with Scotland's premier right hand reef break and a world class barrel on its day- for experienced surfers. For total beginners (and everything in between) the North coast offers many perfect isolated beaches to explore and enjoy.


North Coast Watersports was formed in April 2019 by Iona & Finn with the aim to share their love for surfing and the North coast!

Finn & I met through both being on the Scottish junior surf team and traveled to various countries to compete and train. I moved to the island Finn lived on for 2 summers and we worked for Blackhouse Watersports, surf coaching! After saving up enough money we went backpacking around the world for 8 months:) During this time away, we surf coached for NZ's top surf school which inspired us to start our own business. After making many incredible memories we made it back home to the North coast of Scotland! We got to work, creating our own business .....and now, here we are.

We have been blown away by your amazing response and look forward to continuing to provide you guys with the best surf experinces, in top quality equipment at this wild wonderful coast.


Finn MacDonald

Finn brings lots of enthusiasm and fun into our lessons as well as a relaxed vibe. He's a fully trained lifeguard and ISA surf coach, full of experience! Finn has gained a hatrick of national surf titles so your guaranteed to learn lots and have an amazing time.

Iona McLachlan

Iona has grown up on the North coast of Scotland her whole life and can't wait to share her home with you! She's super friendly, always stoked and won the Ladies Scottish champion (and previously won the girls section 3 times). Iona is a fully trained lifeguard and experienced ISA surf coach who has surfed all around the world:)

Craig McLachlan

Craig is Iona's wee bro! and North Coast Watersports trainee surf coach! He's the current mens Scottish national champion! Craig's already full of knowledge, energy and is growing into an awesome instructor.


Award winning surf school within their first season!

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-After only running for 4 months

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-After only running for 6 months


FarNorth Podcast

Check out this podcast we feature in, where you can find out more about us, our business and surfing in scotland! - scroll down on the left hand side.

"It’s impossible, talking to Iona and Finn, not to pick up some of their enthusiasm for surfing, and for surfing in Scotland. They have both travelled and surfed widely as part of the Scottish junior surf team, and worked together as surf instructors in the Western Isles and New Zealand, but when it came to setting up their own school, it was obvious where it should be."

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