We were lucky enough to team up with Bluefin SUP this year, and were able to get out onto the water with Clementine.
Clem absolutely loves swimming, so it only made sense to take up some kind of watersport together! So without further ado, here are my top 5 places in the UK to paddleboard.
Loch Morlich, Aviemore, Scotland
We were pretty jammy this year and managed to squeeze in a trip to Scotland between all the COVID restrictions. One of the top highlights of the whole trip was SUPing at Loch Morlich, in amongst the Cairngorms.
The views are just incredible, and we found a quiet little launching spot away from the main beach area. Many other spots are super sheltered by the trees surrounding the loch, too – meaning the harsh wind can’t get to you when you’re changing!
It was pretty cold, but SO refreshing when we went back in September. But whatever the season, it’ll always be top of my list. Definitely pack for all weathers, and I’d recommend this not just for this loch – but when travelling anywhere in Scotland.
Coniston Water, Lake District
This is a great little family friendly spot, and one of our favourite recommendations for SUP beginners. With shallow launching areas and lots of people trying various water spots for the first time, you don’t need to worry about falling off at Coniston!
There are plenty of lovely spots on the shoreline for a lunch break, or simply taking in the view on a clear day. The dream would be to visit at sunset on a warm summer’s evening, with a couple of beers and a bbq.
And if you get the chance to visit during the warmer summer months for a bbq or picnic, it goes without saying to ALWAYS take your rubbish home with you. We need to work together to keep these beautiful spots clean and undamaged.
Derwentwater, Lake District
Another one of my favourite spots in the Lakes, Derwent offers stunning views and several little islands to stop off at. But it can get pretty busy – especially during the summer.
If you get there early enough, make sure to walk through the woodland from the car park. You’ll reach a little beach shoreline, which is a fantastic place to take your paddleboard and launch.
Derwent is also a fantastic spot for canoeing if that’s your thing. And as lots of people visit here for holidays, you can get your hands on some amazing ice cream (thank me later!).
Lake Padarn, Snowdonia, Wales
While Snowdonia is renowned for its amazing views, I’ve never actually SUPed here before. Although I have hiked the area in the past, and can definitely vouch for its amazing SUP potential.
COVID restrictions have made Wales pretty strict on people entering, so we’ll have to hold off on the Snowdonia SUP dream for another time. But if you’re looking for a good hike, this is the perfect place to be – any time of year, and any time of day. I’d imagine SUP will be pretty much the same.
As always, prepare for the worst in terms of weather and pack accordingly!
Glenbrittle, Isle of Skye
We visited the Isle of Skye in September, but unfortunately picked the worst possible time to get here. The weather was wild! We were SO ready to paddle with its beautiful black volcanic sand beach, but the waves were just too crazy.
However, if you happen to be on the Isle of Skye when the weather is calmer, it’ll be the perfect spot for a wet ‘n’ wild adventure. It’s ridiculously beautiful, hence why it’s on the list even though I wasn’t able to safely SUP here myself!
We already can’t wait to get back to these places as soon as we can.
Thanks for reading! And stay safe out there.