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The Ethical Adventure Company

Based in Scotland on the rugged coastline of East Lothian, 25 miles east of Edinburgh we are a passionate team of adventurers specialising in paddle boarding, coasteering, surfing, climbing and mountaineering locally and across Scotland 365 days a year.

What people say about us

A new twist on a corporate day out – jumping into the North Sea! Was a brilliant shared experience, would definitely recommend. Staying on for a BBQ and beers in the courtyard was a fantastic way to reflect on and embellish stories from earlier in the day!
Euan, Corporate Day | Coasteering

Our 11yr old son had a full day summer adventure camp, paddleboarding, archery, coasteering, he had a great time, proper outdoors fun & action packed activities, great guides & crew, awesome set up at the base. Enjoyed the photos being sent to us, good memories.

Gus | Summer Adventure Camp

Instructors were friendly professionals who covered all the basics during our 2 hrs on the water from water safety, apps for checking weather conditions to strokes, turns and the all important self rescue ( which I practised quite a few times! 😄). Would highly recommend this company and will definitely be paying another visit.

Hilary | Paddle board Level 1

Had an amazing first ever surf lesson with Ocean Vertical. The guys were brilliant. From arrival to getting in the water. Felt really at ease even though I had never done this before. Hours of fun. One of the best things I have done. I will be back for more.

Steven | Surfing

I spent an afternoon on a level 2 session at and around Dunbar harbour, the tips for more efficient paddling were superb, made me completely re-think what I was doing. Saw the local seals close up, and dolphins passing through the bay. I would definitely recommend OV for these type of sessions, and I hope to get back in the near(ish) future.

Ewan | Paddle boarding Level 2

OV ran an archery session for our Scout group this weekend. They provided good quality equipment and excellent instruction for the kids, helping them learn and have fun at the same time. We all had a great afternoon, Thanks!

Richard, Scouts | Woodland Archery

I booked a group paddle board / SUP experience for my mums 60th in East Lothian. Stevie, Adrian and the team at Ocean Vertical went above and beyond to accommodate our group and made it such a memorable experience! Most of us had little to no experience and, due to the sea conditions being choppy, they customised our trip for a day that suited us and offered to take us to a beautiful secluded lake instead – we had such a blast and our instructors Molly and Kirsty were brilliant. Can’t recommend enough!

Mrs C Harper | Aberdeen

Very enjoyable, we really enjoyed seeing the coastline from another perspective Coasteering in East Lothian, as well as meeting some of the local sea faring residents (sea urchins, starfish and seals). The session was great fun mixed with a good kick of adrenaline; Stevie is a skilled and experienced guide and we felt safe and informed throughout our experience.Thanks Ocean Vertical!

Gingal and friends | England

Our team of 20 had a fantastic corporate activity day at Ocean Vertical! The selection of activities offered to the team suited both the thrill seekers and those in need of some R&R. Staff were amazing, the location was stunning in East Lothian, and the food, BBQ and drinks in the evening were just fantastic. A good time was had by all – Thank you Ocean Vertical!

Kelly - Office Manager 10 Design | Edinburgh

What a magical adventure. Went on the Assynt trip with Mollie & Stevie, had no idea what to expect as this was my first wild camp out with OV. It didn’t disappoint, I learned so much from pitching the tent, sleeping under the stars, eating and travelling ‘light’ lacing up boots ‘properly’ all in expert hands. The team had so much wisdom to impart for the novice and the experienced climber. Can’t wait to go again!

Lisa | East Lothian

We had an amazing day out coasteering with friends. Our guide was helpful, friendly and knowledgeable. The kit provided was well fitted and kept us warm and safe from the elements. While it was a physically exerting activity, I would highly recommend this for anybody, as at no point did we feel unsafe, and I cannot think of a better way to experience the wild coast line of Scotland!

Lindsey | Coasteering

Fantastic day! We booked paddle boarding / SUP in East Lothian – the wind was too strong to head out to sea but the girls took us to a beautiful Loch instead. We were all beginners and they were great guides – we all managed to stand up and had loads of fun in the process!
Thanks to all the team for the hospitality afterwards too – would HIGHLY recommend booking with them.

Pathfinder | Edinburgh

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Professional guides

Stevie Boyle is our lead guide and has 20 years of experience leading clients on adventures in the mountains and ocean.

As an accredited professional guide and instructor he has hands on responsibility for ensuring clients have a safe and inspirational adventure.

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