Kite surfing/ Windsurfing

Kite Surfing and Windsurfing are popular sports to enjoy in the UK, with plenty of fantastic hot spots throughout England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales for you to spend a self-catering country cottage holiday. Below you will find the top ten places in the UK to enjoy Kite Surfing or windsurfing:

Poole Harbour in Dorset is a well known Kite surfing and windsurfing hot spot because of its excellent conditions for all abilities. The more advanced and professional Wind/Kite surfers enjoy the seaside whilst the beginners have the opportunity to learn in the shallow areas of the harbour. You can discover a huge collection of sporting companies and adventure sport academies so if you're looking for somewhere to visit where you can learn how to Wind/kite surf then Poole Harbour may just be for you. With added benefits of a beautiful harbour, stunning surrounding countryside, a wonderful collection of restaurants, as well as great attractions, Poole is also a fantastic location for a self-catering cottage holiday.

Weymouth Harbour also found in Dorset, hosts of the Weymouth Speed week for wind surfing and kite surfing in October is also one of the best places in England to enjoy both. Sheltered waters are great for intermediates to improve their skills whilst the flat water is also brilliant for picking up top speeds. This is also the centre of excellence for the 2012 Olympics and is home to the Windtek School.

Moving on we find Shoreham in West Sussex. This beach is much more appropriate for the more advanced and experienced Wind or Kite surfer because of its fun yet wind-blown waves. This is also the base and training ground for many of the top UK Kite surfers and windsurfers which shows how experienced surfers need to be to ride this surf.

Gwithian Beach in Cornwall in the south west of England is described as the best spot for windsurfing and kite surfing in England. Its north west facing beach catches the best swells from the Atlantic providing surfers with some brilliant waves. You can also find kite surfing schools nearby at the Siblyback Reservoir or Stithians.

Travelling along the coast to west Sussex you can find West Wittering beach. For surfers looking for a good forecast this private estate is very handy. At high tide, the more advanced and experienced surfer can enjoy the smashing waves however at low tide it has a more sheltered appeal for the intermediate surfer that is looking for more protection from the sand banks. Heading west a little you will come across Hayling Island, a small island off to the east of the city of Portsmouth. This small island however is home to one of the most popular places for surfing enthusiasts in the south east. The sea front offers good conditions for the intermediate Wind/Kite surfer and sometimes advanced and no matter what the wind direction there is always somewhere to enjoy kiting. In September, Hayling Island host the Fatface Night Surf Competition, also Andy Biggs Windsurfing operates from close by and is always available for advice or to book a lesson.

The final top place to visit in England to enjoy Kite surfing and windsurfing is The Ray in Southend-on-sea in Essex, depending on the tide, The ray provides mirror flat water as well as a howling gale, perfect to enjoy some intense Wind/Kite surfing.

If you are interested in spending a self-catering country cottage holiday in Wales but also want to enjoy Wind/Kite surfing then Anglesey Island and Rhosneigr is one of the best places to visit. Home to some of the UK's best kite surfers and wind surfers because of its consistently good winds as well as hosts to the British National Wave Championships you will find Rhosneigr wonderful place to experience kite surfing or wind surfing. Beginners can also find Rhosneigr suitable in good weather conditions.

Moving much further north you can find the Island of Tiree, found in the Hebrides, on the west coast of Scotland, just north of Glasgow. The island offers uninterrupted waves and wind from the Atlantic Ocean and has also been reported to be the sunniest place in the UK so not only can you enjoy the surf but you can soak up some rays at the same time.

Across the Irish Sea to the beautiful country of Ireland, Kite surfers and windsurfers need to be looking at visiting Brandon Bay in county Kerry. This is one of the World's top spots because the massive bay catches the swell from the rolling Atlantic. It is also home to such a wide variety of conditions that this beach is renowned for being great for all abilities. From huge double-decker sized waves to mirror flat water for the beginner or novice, Brandon Bay can accommodate for all abilities. You can also find tuition at Jamie Knox Watersports and as we or windsurfing.

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