Surf Hire – Dunnet Beach

Surf Hire - Dunnet Beach

£ 10

Dunnet, Thurso

Beginner & Intermediate & Advanced
Gear Rental
Dunnet, Thurso
Cancellation: Flexible
Minimum booking size: 1
Start time(s): 09:45, 12:00
£ 10

Activity Highlights:

Whether you’re a novice or a seasoned pro, we offer a range of rental options for wetsuits, foam boards, and hardboards to suit your needs.

Key Details

  • Rental options: 2 hours, full-day, or multi-day (contact us for longer rentals).
  • Surfboards: Diverse selection of foam boards, hardboards, and shortboards for different skill levels.
  • Wetsuits: Quality 5/4mm wetsuits for warmth and comfort.

Rental Options

You can rent any of our 5/4mm wetsuits, foam boards, and hardboards for either two hours, a full day, or several days (please contact us for multi-day options).

Our wetsuits are of high quality and, most importantly, offer excellent warmth.

Our foam boards are an ideal choice if you’ve already had a lesson and are looking to further practice and hone your skills.

For the more seasoned surfers, we offer a variety of shortboards. When making a booking, kindly select ‘hardboard’ and specify your preferred type and size of board in the comments section, if you have a preference.

Our schedule is flexible, and we can typically accommodate a meeting time that works best for you, so don’t worry about the time listed in the booking system. If you would like to arrange an alternative time, please select the closest time on the booking system, and include in the comments that you would like an alternative time, and we will do our best to accommodate.

We will coordinate with you to pick up your equipment either at the car park at Dunnet Beach or at our base located just outside of Castletown, near Dunnet Beach.

Board Recommendations

  • Beginners: Start with foam boards for stability and confidence-building. Or, try a bodyboard!
  • Improvers: Progress to hardboards for more control and challenge.
  • Advanced: Explore the waves with our shortboards for experienced surfers. Specify your board preference when booking. We have a range of boards from 9’1 – 5’10.

Price List

  • Wetsuit – 2 hours @ £10, or full day @ £20
  • Foam Surfboard – 2 hours @ £10, or full day @£20
  • Hardboard – 2 hours @£15, or full day @ £30


Meet us at the Dunnet Beach carpark or our base just outside Castletown, near Dunnet Beach. Enjoy the stunning coastal views and convenient access to the water.


No experience required, but basic swimming skills are essential.

Why Choose Us?

We offer high-quality, super-warm wetsuits for your comfort and a diverse array of boards to cater to various skill levels as well as flexibility in meeting times to accommodate your schedule.

We are more than happy to assist in your choice of board and our full-day rental is just that: 24 hours.

Our location offers scenic views as you surf and easy access to the beach, and we are a friendly team who is passionate about watersports, and ready to enhance your experience.



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What's Included:

  • Top-quality 5/4mm wetsuits for warmth and comfort.
  • A wide selection of boards, including foam boards, hardboards, and shortboards.
  • Flexible rental periods (2 hours, full-day, multi-day).
  • Expert guidance and support for beginners.
  • Convenient meeting arrangements to suit your schedule.

What's Not Included:

  • Personal swimwear and accessories.
  • Food and beverages.
  • Transportation to and from our location.
  • Surfing lessons (available separately - you can view and book these at the bottom of this page).


Car parking available

Frequently Asked Questions

We – and any of our previous customers – would say no! The waters here range from 7-13 degrees celsius, which we admit is chilly! However, we provide super warm winter 5/4mm wetsuits (and boots, gloves & hood if required).


We provide all the wetsuits and surfboards – depending on what you select – so all you need to bring is a towel, warm clothes for getting changed into afterwards and some water! We would also recommend arriving with swimming costumes/trunks on as it makes it easier for getting changed.

The youngest we will take is 4 years old! Our smallest wetsuit size is age 4, so if they are particularly small we might not be able to accommodate this. We highly recommend having a private lesson for small children or have a parent come in the water to assist- we want them to have the best experience possible. You can never be too old to give surfing ago!! Please note that a child cannot rent a board on their own, they must be accompanied by a responsible adult.

If it’s a bit windy or rainy this won’t affect us however in the event of extreme wind or huge swell we might need to cancel/postpone. Same goes if it happens to be totally flat. However, we will always try and find a back-up location or offer another activity such as stand up paddle boarding. We will provide a full refund if its not possible – this is very unlikely.

Sadly not yet! We have plans to hopefully make it happen soon though. Our seas are super clean & the salt is great for your hair/skin so no need for a shower anyways!

For rental, it is essential that you are a confident swimmer. If you are not, we recommend you try a beginners surf lesson (you can view and book these at the bottom of the page). For these lessons, we will remain in the shallows and you will have an instructor to support you and help to build your confidence in the water.

Yes, we need to safely store your ID (eg. passport, driving license etc.) while you hire any of our equipment just so our minds are at rest that you will come back!

We hire our equipment from Dunnet. Usually from the main car park next to the sea drift centre. If this isn’t the case we will contact you to let you know to meet us at our base- this is a few minutes drive away from Dunnet beach. For directions here type North Coast Watersports into google maps.

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How it works: 

  1. Make a booking.
  2. The centre will accept your booking, usually within an hour or two.
  3. Pay for the booking to confirm it.

If you have specific questions, please put them in the comments section, and the centre will answer before you pay.

If something isn't right or if there are no dates available, then send us a message in the live chat.

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Cancellation Policy


  • You can cancel until 48 hours before your booking for a full refund
  • If you cancel after that, you’ll pay 50% up to 24 hours beforehand and the full amount after 24 hours 


  • You can cancel until 5 days before your booking for a full refund
  • If you cancel after that, you’ll pay 50% up to 48 hours beforehand and the full amount after 48 hours 


  • To receive a full refund, you must cancel at least 14 days before their booking
  • If you cancel between 7 and 14 days before your booking, you’ll pay 50% of the cost
  • If you cancel less than 7 days before the booking starts, you’ll pay the full amount


  • To receive a full refund, you must cancel at least 30 days before your booking
  • If you cancel between 7 and 30 days before your booking, you’ll pay 50% of the cost
  • If you cancel less than 7 days before the booking starts, you’ll pay the full amount
  • You can also receive a full refund if you cancel within 48 hours of paying, if the cancellation occurs at least 14 days before the booking starts