Scotland’s first surf park opening next year
Scotland’s first artificial surf park is set to transform the disused Craigpark Quarry near Ratho, on the outskirts of Edinburgh, into a world-class family and sports destination for next year.
Developed by Tartan Leisure and designed by landscape architects HarrisonStevens, the ‘world-class surfing facility’ called Wavegarden Scotland will be created through constructing an artificial lake and adding revolutionary new wave technology, says the Scottish Herald.
The complex, which is expected to create up to 130 jobs and generate up to £11m for the local economy each year, will include a restaurant, retail outlet, surf school, wellness spa, café and surf observation deck.
“It is set in 60 acres of country park in an old quarry that acts as a natural amphitheatre. With lodges, glamping pods, revolutionary wave-making technology and a host of local retail collaborations, it will be a place for families, friends and professionals and will inspire the next generation of outdoor enthusiasts,” says co-founder of Wavegarden Scotland, Andy Hadden.
The landscape architects says a Wavegarden is a unique, world-class, inland surfing environment which creates consistent surf conditions. Using patented technology, the surf park delivers high quality, authentic waves creating ideal conditions for surfing and other surf sports. Wave shape and size can be adjusted at the push of a button, making it an attractive environment for all skill levels. It’ll be divided into different surfing zones to include the reef zone in the central part of the cove designed for experienced surfers and bays for novice surfers.