Best places to paddleboard in Scotland
Paddleboarding is an amazing and very low impact way to explore Scotland’s coast, lochs and waterways at your own pace. To help you find a SUP holiday destination and get you exploring, we’ve suggested a few places below to visit and some businesses that can help guide you.
The Outer Hebrides
There are so many stunning bays and quiet coves to explore by stand up paddleboard, around the isles of Lewis, Harris and Barra in the Outer Hebrides. Hook up with Surf Lewis or Barra Surf & Coastal Adventures for suggestions, lessons and paddleboard hire.
Cairngorms National Park - lochs Insh and Morlich
Paddleboard on quiet lochs amidst stunning surroundings in the UK’s largest national park. Try a jumbo board with all the family - you can even take your dog! Lessons and paddleboard rental are available at Loch Insh Outdoor Centre and Loch Morlich Watersports.
Aberdeenshire - Stonehaven
Take a watery tour of secluded caves, quiet coves and even a castle, along Scotland’s north-east coast or paddleboard along calmer sections of the lovely River Dee. Granite Adventures, Paddleboarding Stonehaven and Sup2summit will happily guide you.
Perthshire - The River Tay and Loch Tay
Enjoy a paddleboarding lesson on the River Tay near Perth with Willowgate Activity Centre. More experienced paddleboarders can join Beyond Adventure and Unique Adventure Tours Scotland to explore spectacular Loch Tay in Highland Perthshire.
Argyll & The Isles - Oban
Paddleboard to the Isle of Kerrera and plan your water-borne siege of Gylen Castle, or take a sunset tour of the Oban coastline to see Dunollie Castle and marine wildlife, with Basking Shark Scotland and Explore Highland.
Edinburgh & The Lothians
What could be better than paddleboarding in Edinburgh under the shadow of the Forth Bridges at Port Edgar Marina? Alternatively head east and explore Belhaven Bay in East Lothian and see the ‘Bridge to Nowhere’, with C2C Surf School and Ocean Vertical. You could also try Driftwood Adventures who offer paddleboarding experiences on Gladshouse Reservoir in Midlothian.
Glasgow & The Clyde Valley
Did you know you can paddleboard in Glasgow - Scotland’s largest city? Join an instructor-led session at the Bhive Activity Hub at Bowling Harbour on the Forth & Clyde Canal. Or try stand up paddleboarding at Pinkston Watersports, just a short bus or taxi ride from Queen Street Station. Connecting with the Glasgow Paddleboarders Co community is also a great way to find out about paddleboarding in the city and surrounding area, or if you're looking for guided paddleboarding trips, lessons, paddleboard hire or even paddleboarding buddies.
Ayrshire & Arran
Dotted with ancient castles, explore Ayrshire's majestic coastline, where paddlers are spoiled with many sweeping shallow sandy bays to choose from. Adventure Carrick can take you to the best spots. Or cross the Firth of Clyde to the Isle of Arran and explore Brodick Bay or paddle to Holy Isle with SUP Arran.
Dumfries & Galloway
Spend a few hours exploring the shores of stunning Loch Ken, located within the UNESCO Galloway and South Ayrshire Biosphere, with Galloway Activity Centre. Then relax in one of their Eco Bothies, refreshed and ready for your next day of adventures. With a wealth of waterways and inland lochs, this region is a paddlers’ paradise.
Explore peaceful St Mary's Loch in the beautiful Yarrow Valley with Kayak and SUP Hire and Sales Scottish Borders based in Selkirk, and paddle your cares away.