Scotland’s first surf park coming to Edinburgh

Published: 21 May 2018

Scotland’s first surf park is coming to Ratho outside Edinburgh. We spoke to co-founder Andy Hadden…

Your business in brief?

We're bringing Scotland’s first inland surfing lagoon – Wavegarden Scotland – to Ratho. This will form part of a wider adventure sports and family leisure complex set within 60 acres of country park in what was once a working quarry.

Edinburgh is already one of the most attractive tourist destinations in the world, and Scotland is a country known for its adventure sports and rugged coastline.

Andy Hadden, Co-Founder, Wavegarden Scotland

 

Alongside learning to surf, visitors will be able to enjoy a zip line, water tubing area, bike skills track, and a snow-sports training jump. We will also offer self-catering guest lodges, glamping pods, a waterfront café and restaurant and retail spaces. We established the project in 2013 and are led by a private board supported by a wider team of partner suppliers. 

Scotland’s first surf park is coming to Ratho on the outskirts of Edinburgh.

What makes Edinburgh a good location for you?

Edinburgh is already one of the most attractive tourist destinations in the world, and Scotland is a country known for its adventure sports and rugged coastline. 

Our research shows there’s a real opportunity to support the growing trend of adventure tourism while also contributing to the local economy. Craigpark Quarry provides the ideal physical setting for the wave technology we’ll be using, as well as ample space for the other sports and leisure facilities we’re including. 

As locals ourselves, we’re proud of the regeneration we’re bringing to the quarry and believe Wavegarden Scotland will have a positive impact on the area, while being easily accessible for the rest of the country, and world. 

What investment and jobs are involved?  

It's a £15m facility which will be privately funded. We expect to create 130 jobs during construction and generate over £11m net economic benefit per year to the local economy thereafter, with a number of permanent and seasonal jobs based at the facility as well.  

It’s going to be state-of-the-art. The world-leading wave generation technology we’re using will produce up to 1,000 waves per hour of different consistencies for beginners to experts. Alongside this, Wavegarden Scotland will offer a diverse range of things to do for all ages. From surfing to trail walking, with zip lining and even just a place to grab a coffee while watching adventure sports in action, there will be something for everyone. 

The surfing lagoon will form part of a wider adventure sports and family leisure complex.

What's the vision for your business?

Our mission is to create the most exciting overnight and day-trip destination in the UK while providing a high performance adventure sports hub. I’m an avid surfer with a former day job in surveying and investments. 

When The Cove wave generation technology came onto the scene, I believed this would be an excellent opportunity for Scotland, particularly with surfing due to debut as an Olympic sport in 2020.  Since then I’ve worked very hard at putting together the right team and business plan to realise our vision above.

 

If you would like to find out more about how we can help you and your business establish, relocate or expand within the city region, or would simply like more information about what Edinburgh has to offer, get in touch today.

E: invest@edinburgh.gov.uk

 

 

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