Stand up paddleboarding is one of the newest and fastest-growing sports in the world, having taken off as a leisure activity in the early 2000s. Its name is self-explanatory; the sport involves standing up on a specially designed board while using a paddle to steer and move you along. Often, it has been described as a combination between canoeing or kayaking and surfing.
Enjoy an unparalleled sense of freedom as you glide along waters while on a stand up paddleboard, with paddle in hand. This sport can be experienced in a number of stunning locations across the country, and will give you a unique, on-the-water perspective of Scotland.
Paddle Surf Scotland offers equipment hire and lessons in and around the inlets and estuaries of Perthshire and Tayside, as well as on the beautiful shorelines and tranquil lochs stretching from Oban to Fort William and Lochaber on the west coast.
With Wilderness SUP, you can learn to master the techniques required at a range of sites including the waters of the River Almond at Cramond, only a stone’s throw from Edinburgh, or on Loch Kinord in Royal Deeside, which stretches a kilometre-long and is filled with several ancient islets and crannogs, ideal for exploring.
Head to St Andrews in Fife and set off from West Sands on a stand up paddleboard with Blown Away Experiences. You'll enjoy splendid view of this historic university town.
For those after a real adventure on top of a paddleboard, Unicorn Paddle can guide you on two-day weekend trips, as well as shorter lessons. Try paddling round the islands of Loch Lomond, venturing along the shores of the Forth of Firth, or even traversing the remarkable Avon viaduct on the Union Canal.
Browse the listings below for more stand up paddleboarding in Scotland.