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Standup Paddle Boarding Scotland

Standup Paddle Boarding in Scotland

With its beautiful wild coastline and world-famous lochs, Scotland is fast becoming a renowned destination for stand-up paddleboarding (SUP).

Scotland has more than 30,000 freshwater lochs, ranging from small lochans to the likes of Loch Ness and Loch Lomond.

The sport, usually enjoyed on calm waters, allows you to unwind and take in the country’s natural beauty as you gently navigate your way around. It’s easy to get the hang of and is great for strengthening your core and developing your balance – but be prepared to fall in the water a few times if you’re a beginner.

When it comes to finding some of the most picturesque exploration locations Scotland is at the top of the list. From beautiful islands and sheltered bays, to lochs surrounded by breath-taking highlands, there are so many awe-inspiring waters to discover with us at Unique dventure Tours Scotland.

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Loch Tay Beach from Kenmore for some stunning Standup Paddle Boarding

Perthshire and The Tay

The gentle waters of The Tay near Aberfeldy make for popular SUP locations, Perthshire is one of the most varied paddleboarding locations, too. There are lochs, rivers and coastal options all relatively close to one another making Perthshire and Tayside a great place to try all aspects of the popular watersport.

The River Tay offers everything from whitewater rapids to gentle touring, while the River Isla and the River Earn are more easygoing. Lochs Tay, Earn and Rannoch likewise have huge touring potential although these are better for more experienced paddleboarders.

Nairn and Moray Coast in Scotland

Nairn and Moray

The Moray coast is home to some of Scotland’s best beaches and calm harbours, which are ideal for beginners and confident SUP enthusiasts alike.

Nairn’s two beaches and river offer reasonably shallow waters which are safe for all the family to have a go. Harbours like Findochty are nice and sheltered and, for the more adventurous, you can enjoy the waves at Lossiemouth.

Moray is also the sunniest part of mainland Scotland, meaning you’ve got a good chance of great paddleboarding weather.

Lochrin Basin and Edinburgh Quay Unique Adventure Tours Scotland


One of the most interesting ways to view Scotland’s capital is paddleboarding on Lochrin Basin and Edinburgh Quay, where you can take in the sights of parts of the city from the water.

Meanwhile, the beach at Portobello offers a peaceful setting or you can head to the idyllic village of Cramond at the mouth of the River Almond.

Loch Lomond Scottish Lochs to Standup Paddle board

Loch Lomond

The flat waters of Scotland’s largest loch are ideal for paddleboarding.

The many islands offer shelter and places to explore, while the sheer size of the loch allows more experienced paddleboarders the opportunity to enjoy open water conditions.

There are places to launch your paddleboard all around the loch.

Oban Harbour destination for Standup Paddle Boarding in Scotland


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 paddleboarding adventures, you can venture out towards Mull and stop at the 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.

The Isle of Skye has many idyllic locations for standup paddle boarding


The island and its surrounding waters offer spectacular mountainous views and plenty of potential for exploration on a paddleboard.

The large seawater lochs also offer relatively safe and sheltered locations to try out the sport, however many of the trips around the island are for more experienced paddlers.