Stand up paddleboarding on the Caledonian Canal

Stand Up Paddleboarding: A SUPer day out on the water

What do you get when the Visit Inverness Loch Ness team spend a day mastering Stand Up Paddleboarding (SUP)? A SUPer day out!

For good reason, Inverness and Loch Ness is a top destination for those who love the great outdoors and active holidays; activities like hiking, mountain biking and canoeing are very popular with both locals and visitors.

While canoeing and kayaking are well-established activities in Loch Ness and Inverness, a new kind of water-based fun activity has come to Scotland from places like Australia and New Zealand – Stand Up Paddleboarding (SUP)! Imagine a surfboard you stand on and propel yourself forward (or sometimes accidentally sideways if you’re a beginner) with a single oar – the VisitInvernessLochNess team were lucky enough to join a beginners’ SUP course with Donald at Explore Highland and give it a go!

Stand Up Paddleboarding – Finding Your Bearings

The day starts with an introduction to the Do’s and Don’ts of Stand Up Paddleboarding before you get introduced to your board and are let loose on the water – the sheltered Caledonian Canal is perfect for beginners. Within a couple of hours, the whole group had graduated from sitting on the board to paddling along standing up and learning techniques like turning the board around. The board is surprisingly stable and no-one fell in – although you have the option to jump in at the end of the session for a bit of fun (and an amazing photo of your jump to make your friends jealous on Instagram!).

It’s The Perfect Way To Splash Out And Have Some Fun

The beginners’ session is a perfect day out for family groups (over 18's), groups of friends or a workplace teambuilding day – everything you need is provided (board and paddle, wetsuits and buoyancy aids if required, waterproof jackets for wet days) and you even get a nice cup of tea to warm up after being out on the water!

So go on, learn a new skill, get active and have lots of fun with stand up paddleboarding in the Highlands! Explore Highland are always very busy over the summer months, so you’re best to book online in advance, it’s quick and easy. For the more experienced paddler, Donald also offers advanced courses and multi-day trips. Kayak and canoe guided trips and hire are also available – if you love being active on the water, you will find an activity around Inverness and Loch Ness that will suit you!

SUP with Explore Highland