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Stand Up Paddleboarding in Scotland

"Row, row, row the board, gently down the stream"–yes, the board, no misspelling here. This sport​ combines surfing with kayaking

Best time: March–November

Stand Up Paddleboarding
Stand Up Paddleboarding
Stand Up Paddleboarding

According to the traditional children's scout song, one rows the boat, but stand up paddling means you have to stand on the board like in surfing and row like in kayaking. Scottish waterways form a perfect playground suitable for the most versatile and unique water sports. Stand up paddleboarding is something very new, but already quite popular with both locals and visitors. Paddle-surfing is available around Perthshire and Tayside, on the River Almond not far from Edinburgh, on Loch Kinord and Loch Lomond, at St. Andrews in Fife, on the Union Canal, Tay River in Aberfeldy and many other water basins of Scotland. The season runs from March to November.

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What is stand up paddleboarding?

Stand up paddleboarding combines elements of surfing and kayaking where a person stands on a board and uses a paddle to move through the water. Scotland provides a unique playground for water sports enthusiasts allowing them to explore and experience its breathtaking landscape. Show more

Where can I go for stand up paddleboarding in Scotland?

Scotland provides several locations for stand up paddleboarding, including Perthshire, Tayside, the Union Canal, and Tay River in Aberfeldy. Each location offers varying difficulty levels, from calm waterways to choppy waves, making it crucial for participants to choose the right location based on their competencies and experience. Show more

When is the best time to try stand up paddleboarding in Scotland?

The ideal period to try stand up paddleboarding in Scotland is during mild weather conditions between March to November. During this period, participants are treated to Scotland's stunning and scenic landscapes that create a picturesque backdrop for fun and thrilling paddleboarding activities. Show more

What other water sports are available in Scotland?

Apart from stand up paddleboarding, Scotland also offers other water sports like kayaking, windsurfing, surfing, and whitewater rafting. The varied difficulty levels provide a convenient opportunity for any skill level of participation. For those who want a more relaxed experience, sea kayaking and recreational canoeing are just as good in rivers and lochs. Show more

Are there any age or skill restrictions for stand up paddleboarding in Scotland?

While stand up paddleboarding has no age or necessary skill requirements in Scotland, it's advisable to have prior experience in water sports. Even though it's a fun and thrilling activity, paddleboarding requires a sense of physical strength and balance. Children should always be under adult supervision, and beginners are recommended to undertake lessons from professionals and learn necessary skills to avoid any mishap and paddle safely. Show more

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