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Paddle Boarding in Scotland

Why is Paddle Boarding so Popular

Paddle Boarding is such a fantastic way to explore. Paddle Boarding is at the top of the list when it comes to finding some of the most picturesque exploration locations in Scotland. From vast Lochs, Romantic Glens and Sandy Beaches there are so many inspirational waters to discover with a paddle board.

We took our inflatable Paddle Boards with us on our Road Trip adventure around Scotland. The trip was absolutely fantastic and the inflatable Paddle Boards were easily taken in our Campervan we hired from Alba Campers. They added an extra sense of adventure to our Road Trip.

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So What is Paddle Boarding?

Paddle Boarding is a popular water sport activity that involves standing up on a board and using a paddle to make your way through the water. Also known as Stand Up Paddle Boarding or (SUP). You’ll use your arms while standing or kneeling to propel you and your paddle board forward.

Paddle Boarding is similar to surfing and kayaking, you will find your Paddle Board is very versatile and can be used for a wide range of activities such as fishing, exploring, photography. diving and its really great for escaping the crowds and enjoying the open water!

In stand up paddle boarding, riders stand up on the board and move through the water with a paddle. Paddle Boarding offers many of the perks of kayaking or canoeing but with a much better vantage point and much more ease of movement. You can Paddle Board on just about any body of water in Scotland.

It’s becoming wildly popular as it is very easy to learn, and incredibly accessible.

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Our Top Places to Paddle Board in Scotland

We have listed below three great locations to go Paddle Boarding in Scotland, while their are many more locations available. These are places that we have personally visited and would reccomend.

Loch Harport, Isle of Skye

Loch Harport is one of the ultimate Scottish wilderness escapes and a great place to visit for Paddle Boarders. The Loch is easily accessible from Carbost pontoon and leads south to the shoreline. We were Surrounded by snow-capped peaks and were paddling carefree on the beautiful Loch Harport. If you’ve run out of paddle power or need a wee pick me up, head over to Talisker Distillery, which is conveniently located by the starting pontoon. A fine Scottish Malt will warm the cockles up after being out on the water.

Loch Lomond

The flat waters of Scotland’s largest loch are perfect for Paddle Boarding. There are places to launch your paddleboard all around the loch. A great thing about this location is that their are many islands on Loch Lomond which offer shelter and places to explore. Do paddle with caution however, the sheer size of Loch Lomond will allow more experienced Paddle Boarders the opportunity to enjoy open water conditions but Loch Lomond is very large so be mindful how far you Paddle.


A well-known location for a vast number of water-based activities, it’s no surprise that Oban is the launching point for lots of Paddle Boarding adventures. Hiring services are easily available in the town, and you can venture out towards Mull and stop at the beautiful Isle of Kerrera. You can also go to Dunnolie Castle, or stay closer to Oban and take in the hustle and bustle of the West Coast’s busiest ferry port.

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