Plan to transform disused Edinburgh quarry into £10m surfing destination
Proposals for an artificial surfing lake in a disused quarry on the outskirts of Edinburgh have been unveiled ahead of a public consultation this week.
Developer Tartan Leisure Ltd wants to transform the Craigpark Quarry pit near Ratho into a huge artificial lake with revolutionary new wave technology, developed by Wavegarden in Spain – the company behind Surf Snowdonia who welcomed over 150,000 visitors last year.
The state-of-the-art technology can generate consistent world class waves for any level of surfer, from beginner to Olympic athlete, at the flick of a switch. Surfing is an ever-growing sport and will feature at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games for the first time. Advances in wetsuit technology also means that surfers can be guaranteed warmth all year round.
The planned site lies directly across from the Edinburgh International Climbing Arena and it’s hoped that together, these facilities could put Ratho on the map as an international outdoor adventure destination, providing huge benefits to the local economy.
As well as the surfing and water sports facilities, the proposed plans also include self-catering lodges, a café, car park, retail outlets and a large country park for walkers, runners and cyclists to enjoy.
Named Wavegarden Scotland, the development expects to create more than 80 jobs, including specialised water sports jobs and a variety of roles in retail, catering and leisure.
Public consultation events will be held this month ahead a planning application is submitted in late spring.
Andy Hadden, the co-founder of Tartan Leisure Ltd, said: “Wavegarden Scotland is a thrilling new concept in the adventure leisure industry. If approved, it could position Scotland as a leading surfing destination as the country already has some world-class natural breaks. We’ve received fantastic feedback on our plans to date and we look forward to sharing them with the local community.”
Councillor Gavin Barrie, convener of City of Edinburgh Council’s economic committee, added: “The Wavegarden Scotland project appears an exciting addition to active participant sport in the Edinburgh area. Anything that encourages people, whether young or old, to lead an active lifestyle and enjoy all the benefits that come with it is likely to garner support across the city. Hopefully others will share my enthusiasm for development.”
Anyone interested in participating in the consultations is invited to attend the Patey Suite at Edinburgh International Climbing Arena between 15:30 and 19:30 on 22 February or Ratho Library in 27 February between 14:30 and 19:30.