The quarry in Edinburgh is proposed to be turned into a surf pool.
Recently, the details of the project to create a “surfing lake” in an unused quarry on the western outskirts of Edinburgh were revealed.
The idea was put forward by Tartan Leisure, which proposes to turn the Kreigpark quarry in the vicinity of the city of Rato into an artificial reservoir and place on it a mechanical wave former produced by the Spanish company Wavegarden.
Project initiators hope to repeat the success of Surf Snowdonia, which already uses Wavegarden technology. This artificial lake in the Conwy Valley in North Wales last year attracted over 150,000 visitors.
In Scotland, the chosen location is next to the Edinburgh International Climbing Arena, and Tartan hopes that the ability to combine surfing and climbing will increase Rato’s appeal in the eyes of sports and adventure tourism enthusiasts. The estimated cost of the project is £ 10 million ($ 12.4 million).
Andy Hadden, one of the founders of Tartan Leisure, said in a press statement: “Wavegarden Scotland is an exciting new concept in adventure tourism.If it is approved, Scotland can become one of the leading tourist destinations for surfers, as there are several natural reservoirs in the country suitable for this sport. ”
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"Our plans have caused a huge response, and now we want to hear the opinion of local residents."
In addition to the lake, the proposed project includes self-catering rooms, a cafe, parking, shops and a large country park for hikers, jogging and cycling.
The project will be openly discussed before a request for design permission is submitted at the end of the spring.
Wavegarden is based in the Basque Country next to San Sebastian. The start of the company’s activity is 2005, when engineer Josema Audriozole and sports economist Karin Frisch decided to try to profit from their shared surfing interest. The Surf Snowdonia complex, which opened in 2015, was their first venture, followed in 2016 by NLand Surf Park in Austin, Texas.
The company claims that only after 10 years of research and experimentation, they managed to develop equipment that creates the waves that are ideal for surfing.