What is Coasteering?

What is Coasteering? The Definitive Guide

Coasteering is an amazing adventure that take exploring Scotland to new heights!


Coasteering, pronounced “coast-ear-ing” is a word you may have heard of. A factor that is even more likely as you are reading this “What is coasteering?” blog! Coasteering is an awesome adventure that is perfect for stag and hen parties, or other adult/student groups looking for a really great experience outdoors. This article is the definitive guide if you are looking for an adventure and thinking of giving coasteering a go.

What is coasteering | Listening to the safety brief | The Shell Bay coasteer | This people will know |

Listening to the safety brief | The Shell Bay coasteer

We often get asked, “What is Coasteering?”  This is our answer!

What is coasteering?

So… What is coasteering? If you think of everything that you wanted to do at the beach when you were a kid, running Baywatch style down the sand and through the breaking waves, exploring caves that may once have been inhabited by smugglers, scrambling up rock spires and jumping off cliffs into the sea. That is coasteering! The difference is that when you are coasteering with us, you will be suited and booted in wetsuits, buoyancy aids and helmets so that you can really surpass those visions of adventure from your childhood.

Coasteering is adventuring at the seaside. Exploring places that most people will only photograph from the coastal path. You will get up close and personal with some of the most beautiful, rugged and exciting sections of coastline that the UK has to offer. Coasteering truly is taking your adventure to new heights!

What is coasteering? Group picture in the shell bay hot tub

Group picture in the “hot tub”

Who is coasteering for?

Coasteering is for absolutely everyone. The amazing thing about coasteering is that your adventure can be tailored to meet the desires and expectations of a complete range of people! Adrenaline addicts and first time adventurers alike, coasteering is the outdoor adventurous experience for you!

A factor to take into consideration when you are booking a coasteering adventure is that it helps if participants have a basic level of fitness. This adventurous experience does involve swimming, climbing around on rocks and pulling yourself out of the water in a wet wetsuit. However, if that sounds okay, you will have a great day on a coasteering adventure. Equally, swimming is a key feature of coasteering and a basic swimming ability is desirable, but by no means essential! We take lots of non-swimmers coasteering, and the buoyancy aids will give you all the confidence you need to have a great day.

Where can I go coasteering?

Coasteering is delivered commercially across the UK.  Scotland is an amazing place for all adventurous activities, in particular coasteering, and Edinburgh is close to both Shell Bay and Arbroath, which are world-class coasteering venues.

What is coasteering? | The big big jump!

The big jump at Shell Bay!

Jumps, Jumps, Jumps!!!!

How big are the cliff jumps? How do you know it’s deep enough? What if I jump wrong?

We always get asked about jumps and for good reason, jumps are awesome!

How big are the cliff jumps?

I can, of course, only speak for Intrepidus Outdoors when I say this but the jumps that we do with our commercial trips from Edinburgh range from 1 to 10 meters. Our sessions involve coaching how to jump correctly and are progressive so everyone starts with the smaller jumps, to hone their ninja jumping skills, before progressing onto the medium sized and bigger jumps – if they wish. All clients on Intrepidus Outdoors adventures will be supported to challenge themselves, but never pressured into jumping anything that they are not comfortable with.  The reason that we don’t jump anything higher than 10 meters, with commercial groups, is that it takes a great deal of skill to jump correctly off high cliffs and the severity of the risk of mistakes mid-air is dramatically increased over this height.

How do you know its deep enough?

Our guides deliver 100’s of coasteering sessions from Edinburgh every year and we know the venues we use intimately. We have visited Shell Bay and Arbroath in the lowest tides and the biggest storms, at night and when the water is so calm and clear it looks like glass – and have the pictures to prove it! We train hard to make sure that we are the most professional, competent and skilled guides that we can be to ensure that people choosing to adventure with Intrepidus Outdoors have the best experience possible.

What if I jump wrong?

Here is the disclaimer… At Intrepidus Outdoors we take people on real adventures.  That means we aren’t taking groups on high-ropes courses, to play zorb football or to a macaroon cooking class. The outdoor experiences that we provide will expose you to real risks, although that risk is carefully managed by competent and qualified professionals – this is what we do! With that in mind… Jumping! People jump wrong all the time! This usually involves clients leaving their arms waving about in the air as they hit the water, and popping back up with stingy hands :p we coach everyone on how to jump, know the venues like the back of our hands and use the safest jumps we can. You will leave a coasteering adventure jumping for joy!

What is coasteering? Swimming in the sea

“We call this the floating sea otter”

What else do you need to know?

We have told you everything we can and I am sure you understand what coasteering is! The only thing left is to join us on a coasteering adventure!

Who are we | Intrepidus Outdoors

Intrepidus Outdoors is an outdoor activities and adventure tourism provider based in Edinburgh, Scotland. We specialise in outdoor activities such as canyoning, mountain biking and coasteering and deliver these across Scotland and the North of England. This makes us perfectly qualified to answer the question, “What is coasteering?”

Check out our Coasteering video on YouTube!

Intrepidus Outdoors

Intrepidus Outdoors specialises in Outdoor Activites Edinburgh. We are a adventure tourism and outdoor education provider based in Edinburgh. We specialise in canyoning, coasteering, mountain biking and hill walking, and deliver these adventurous experiences across Scotland and the North of England. The experiences that we provide take clients into some of the most exquisite, incredible and extreme environments the UK has to offer.

Mission Statment :

To deliver the highest quality adventurous experiences to entertain, thrill and inspire.

Outdoor Activities Edinburgh & Scotland

Our values reflect those of a business started by a small group of rock climbers and mountain bikers. The experiences that we have had adventuring, and our passion for the outdoors, has led us to choose a lifestyle dedicated to sharing our love for the outdoors with others. The approach that we take to the experiences that we provide, and the business that we run, is that of sustainability, and an unapologetic quest for quality.

For us at Intrepidus Outdoors, we recognise that our experiences kayaking in clean rivers, surfing on unpolluted beaches and climbing frozen waterfalls have contributed to who we are as people. Therefore, protecting the planet so that the next generation of adventurers can have their own experiences, is hugely important for us. We believe that for people, communities and businesses to make the choice to minimise their impact on our planet, they must first value the planet that we have. We feel that the best way for people to value our blue planet, is to have first hand quality experiences in nature. They can then see the beauty of a forest, feel the power of an ocean and learn to love what is outside our towns and cities, so that they then fight to protect them. We strive to through the products that we deliver make a small difference to peoples understanding of the impact that they have on our world.

Our experiences adventuring have made us who we are and Intrepidus Outdoors is a reflection of us. We provide real adventurous experience that we hope you will cherish.

Adventure Activities Edinburgh & Scotland

There are cities where stuff is happening all year round and where you will never get bored. Edinburgh is undoubtedly one of these cities. It’s an extraordinary place, full of history, festivals, impressive architecture and plenty of attractions you won’t find anywhere else. Not to mention that we are located on the door step of so many amazing adventures and outdoor experiences.

We would like to introduce you to this extraordinary city, giving you a full range of possibilities that can be found north of the wall! Edinburgh has a huge dose of beautiful history, world-famous festivals, fantastic attractions, adrenaline fuled expereinces and great food. Edinburgh is calling you and you simply cannot refuse its invitation.

There are a many outdoor and adventurous experiences to be had in Edinburgh. If you are a thrill seeker visiting Edinburgh and interested in a canyoning, coasteering or mountain biking adventure in Scotland, Get In Touch!

Outdoor Adventures Scotland

It’s no secret that Scotland is one of the most beautiful countries in the world. From the rural coastlines to vast mountain ranges, we have it all.

Whatever kind of experience you’re after you’re sure to find it here, so we’ve put together an adventurer’s guide to Scotland to help get you started. Our guide breaks down all the outdoor activities Edinburgh has to offer and many more adventures to keep you entertained on your holdiay.

To read more check out our adventures guide to Scotland [here]

Check out our Trip Advisor, Youtube channel, Visit Scotland page and blog to hear about how others found their outdoor adventure with Intrepidus outdoors and to see what we do!


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