In Pictures: First look at destination making big waves in Scotland
New pictures have given a first look at the world’s first inland surfing resort near Edinburgh.
About this development:
- Authority:Edinburgh City
Lost Shore Surf Resort will be Scotland’s newest premier tourism and leisure destination. Complete with luxury lodges, premium accommodation pods, restaurants, spa and shopping, it is set within a 60-acre country park and will open in September.
Images released to the public for the very first time, show the stunning accommodation pods that will be available for people wanting to enjoy surfing at a wave pool three times the size of Wembley football pitch.
With a beachfront stretching for 250 metres, the surfing lagoon is going to be the biggest across all of Europe, but it is also going to be one of the most advanced on the planet. The cutting-edge wave technology, developed by Wavegarden, is capable of producing up to 1000 customisable waves per hour, from 52 software-driven modules.
Surfers will be able to enjoy wave rides of up to 22 seconds, and with more than 20 different varieties of waves, there are opportunities for all abilities.
Beginners will be able to benefit from expert tuition from surfing instructors and wetsuits and surfboard hire will be included in the cost. As well as using surfboards from leading brands, the state-of-the-art wetsuits will ensure that surfers will stay warm regardless of the weather, with heated indoor changing rooms to use before and after.
Tourism leaders and surfing stars have hailed the milestone as a huge moment for Scottish tourism and surfing in the UK.
Marc Crothall MBE, chief executive of the Scottish Tourism Alliance, said: “This spectacular resort is going to be a real game changer for Scottish tourism. Not only will this attract people from all over the UK, but from right across the world.
“To have an asset like this just 10 minutes from Edinburgh Airport and on the doorstep of an already world-famous tourism destination is fantastic. These new pictures show what an incredible place this will be. I cannot wait to see it open in September.”
Scottish big wave professional surfing star and Red Bull athlete, Ben Larg, added: “As a pro surfer this is incredible. Lost Shore is going to push up the level of Scottish surfing, bring so many more people to the sport, and, who knows, maybe get some Scots in the Team GB squad for the Olympics.
“It can be really difficult to access surfing in Scotland sometimes, but this is going to deliver reliable waves all the time. If I had access to this sort of facility when I was young, I would be such a better surfer now. That’s why Lost Shore will be so good for the next generation.”
Andy Hadden, founder of Lost Shore Surf Resort, said: “It is so incredibly exciting for us to share these new images. Bringing the world’s first inland surfing resort to Scotland is such a huge addition to the world class tourism that we already have.
“To celebrate our new website, we are offering amazing value on our vouchers, allowing you to be one of the first to enjoy the resort at a fantastic discount. Get together with friends or start planning that family holiday, buying your experiences now at the best price they will ever be.”