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  • A man on a stand up paddleboard in the waters of Crail Harbour, Fife
    Stand up paddleboarding in Crail Harbour, Fife. Photo supplied by
  • A man paddles on a stand up paddleboard close to Duncansby Stacks in Caithness, North Highlands.
    Stand up paddleboarding at Duncansby Stacks in Caithness, North Highlands. Photo supplied by

With a diverse landscape of vast lochs, rivers, and canals along with an expansive coastline, Scotland is the perfect natural playground to try the increasingly popular water-based activity of stand up paddleboarding, or SUP or supping, as it’s commonly known as.

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.

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  1. Paddle Surf Scotland


    Stand-up Paddle Boarding



    Welcome to Paddle Surf Scotland. Stand Up Paddleboard (SUP) hire and instruction in Perthshire/Tayside, Nairn/Moray and Fort William/Oban. Scotland's Stand Up Paddleboard Specialists.

  2. Gradings


    The surf school provides friendly surf instruction, that introduces beginners and intermediates to the fun and enjoyment of East Lothian's beautiful coastline.

  3. Loch Lomond Boat Hire


    Power Boating



    Loch Lomond Boat Hire is a family-run business offering a range of activities on Loch Lomond including fishing, wildlife spotting and pleasure cruising.

  4. Stand Up Paddle Board Scotland


    Stand-up Paddle Boarding



    Stand Up Paddle Board Scotland offers sessions and trips in and around Edinburgh for all ages and abilities.

  5. SurfLewis





    SurfLewis offer Surfing and Stand Up Paddleboard lessons throughout the beaches of Lewis and Harris. Qualified and experienced instructors, all equipment provided.

  6. Go Country


    Multi-activity Centre



    Welcome to Go Country

  7. Gradings


    Welcome to Unicorn Paddle, Stand Up Paddle School for lessons, tours and nature expeditions - Forth Valley, Loch Lomond and the Trossachs nationalpark, Fife coast and all over Scotland.

  8. Can You Experience Co Ltd


    Multi-activity Centre



    Can You Experience is an adventure sports provider in Balloch in Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park, Scotland's first National Park.

  9. Gradings


    Scotland's newest adventure centre, Action Glen at the Isles of Glencoe, is bang in the middle of the highlands, just half an hour from Fort William. From paddlesports to archery, we've got it covered.

  10. Adventure Carrick


    Multi-activity Centre



    Adventure Carrick is a mobile adventure company offering a broad range of adventure activities across the South west of Scotland.


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