The UK is perfectly placed for a paddleboarding escape, whether it be on the sea, river or loch.
Top 3 reasons for booking paddleboarding holidays in the UK
- A wide variety of rivers, canals, lakes and sea.
- Accredited course providers ( see BUSPA )
- If you’re based in the UK no need to jump on a plane.
Here we’ve broken down the top 5 paddleboarding holidays in Scotland, England and Wales
Top 5 Paddleboarding Holidays in Scotland
Scotland’s our top nation for a paddleboarding holiday in the UK, many treasures include beautiful ancient architecture, incredible wildlife, some superb seafood and renowned hospitality with wonderfully down-to-earth people.
Scotland is home to some of the largest wilderness areas left in Western Europe, where you may be lucky enough to spot some majestic Golden Eagles soaring over the lochs and mountains of the northern Highlands, or spot some little otters playing in the kelp forests of Outer Hebrides. Also being an adventure playground, Scotland offers some fantastic hiking, adventurous sea kayaking amongs seals around the local isles or, of course, some paddleboard discovery.
Highland Perthshire Canyoning and Paddleboard Adventure
If multi-day adventure tours pique your interest, then this canyon and paddleboard tour may be for you. This private two-day adventure tour in Highland Perthshire takes in epic scenery from on and off your paddle board. You won’t just be paddling on the beautiful open waters of Loch Tay but will also hike through wildlife-filled woodlands, visit hidden waterfalls, explore stunning natural pools, and leap off rocks and down natural slides on a canyoning adventure. Plus, you’ll end your experience with a relaxing Sauna on the shores of the Loch while enjoying epic views of the Scottish landscape.
Scotland Wild Paddleboard Expedition
For a female-only paddle boarding trip through some truely epic scenery, check out the gutsygirls Wild SUP expedition. This 4-day trip will visit some incredibly remote locations around the Knoydart Peninsula, n area steeped in history and said to be the last true wilderness area in Scotland. You’ll paddle for roughly 10-15km per day, visit both island and sea lochs and spend the nights wild camping under the stars.
This expedition visits some remote locations where the conditions can be unpredictable. For this reason, it is only open to those with previous paddle boarding experience. To be able to embark on this trip safely, you must be comfortable paddling for up to 6 hours a day, be able to self-rescue and be confident controlling your board in different conditions.
Loch Leven Voyager Paddleboard Tour
Discover Glencoe as you paddleboard over the magical waters of Loch Leven, discover. This journey takes you from the Ballachulish Bridge, passing the village of Glencoe and into Kinlochleven with roughly 14km of flat water paddling. We will make use of the winds and tide to assist us as we make our way down the Loch, making sure we have more than enough time to discover the small uninhabited island of Eileen Munde, take in the panoramic mountain views and simply soak in some of these incredible landscapes.
East Lothian Coastline Paddleboard Tour
Meeting at Foxlake Adventures 20 minutes early. Embarking on a really unique coastal journey, visiting beaches, islands, cliffs, rocky inlets and beautiful wildlife such as puffins, seals and hopefully some dolphins. Paddleboarding will give you a totally new perspective of your environment. Allowing you to have an amazing view across the water, and also the chance to experience what’s going on underneath beneath it. You will paddle and explore the waters between North Berwick and the historic Dunbar taking in the wonderful locations and landmarks such as Tantallon Castle, Seacliff Beach, and the world’s largest gannet colony, Bass Rock which protrudes from the water, then on to the surf mecca of Belhaven Bay. Skills, techniques and water safety all provided by an ASI qualified professional guide..
Paddleboarding Via Ferrata and River Bugging Adventure
Photo: Richard Hoare
For an adrenaline adventure tour that offers you the chance to try not one but three awesome activities, check out this three-day tour from Unique Adventure Tours. You’ll start on day one with some mellow hiking through beautiful landscapes to hidden waterfalls before taking to the water to paddle board on Loch Tay, and end your day with a sauna on the shores of the Loch. Day two is all about Via Ferrata, where you’ll climb through the mountainous landscape of Kinlochleven alongside one of Scotland’s biggest waterfalls. On the final day, you’ll be back in the water again but not on your board. Instead, you’ll be River Bugging! Exploring the awesome Spean River Gorge by leaping off cliffs into the waters below, wild swimming and floating down rapids and over drops in your own river bug raft. It’s guaranteed to get your adrenaline pumping!
Caledonian Canal Paddleboarding Discovery
For a truly magical paddleboarding experience, head out with Apex Expeditions on this 95 km, six-day tour from Fort William to Inverness through some of Scotland’s most incredible scenery. This tour follows the Great Glen Way through canals, lock gates, and deep water lochs, including Loch Lochy, Loch Oich and the most famous of them, all Loch Ness! Stay in campsites and B&Bs and experience the joys of wild camping amidst the Scottish wilderness. Start your days with hearty breakfasts and end them with authentic local meals and a warming dram of whiskey in a traditional pub. Discover remote landscapes, find incredible photo opportunities, spot rare wildlife and challenge yourself on this epic paddle journey.
Sail and SUP around the Inner Hebrides of Scotland
Get ready for the ultimate adventure on a guided Stand Up Paddleboarding trip aboard the SV Adventure Wales! This awesome yacht can fit eight people in cozy twin cabins, so you can chill out and enjoy the stunning scenery while you travel. Your meals will be served up in the deck level saloon, where you can soak up the views while getting expert guidance from a skilled and experienced captain. The trip takes off and lands in Oban, which is super handy for anyone looking to explore the area on a SUP and Sail Holiday. Get ready for a chill, yet exhilarating ride on this awesome yacht!
Top 5 Paddleboarding Holidays in Wales
Wales is a compact country in southwest Great Britain known for its stark and rugged coastline, stunning mountainous national parks, and of course the distinctive Welsh language and Celtic culture. Wales offers a myriad of opportunities for the adventure seeker looking to explore nature with a number of secluded, lonely corners to visit, hiding behind mountains, within river valleys and along surf-ravaged cliffs. Not a tropical destination, but Wales’ coastline offers a lot as a beach holiday destination. The beauty of the coast is truly underrated, and Wales has arguably some of the very best locations. To add some historical diversity, Wales has more than 400 castles and fortifications dotted over the landscape, countless manicured gardens and a network of heritage railways connecting the geologically diverse country.
Nighttime Paddleboarding Adventure
For a truly magical and unforgettable experience, how about heading out for a nighttime paddle boarding excursion in North Wales? Enjoy absolute silence as you glide through still waters under a sky awarded Dark Skies Reserve status, thanks to the lack of light pollution. Be guided by professional instructors as you listen for wildlife, watch out for shooting stars and hopefully get a glimpse of the surreally beautiful phosphorescence in the waters.
Psyched Paddleboarding provides all the equipment you need and runs this awesome experience in two possible locations – Anglesey or Snowdonia – and will always take you to the best location possible for the conditions.
Two Night West Wales Paddleboard Adventure
With Wales having one of the most beautiful and geologically diverse coastlines in the world, why not consider an activity packed paddleboard holiday in West Wales. The perfect opportunity for a weekend getaway, with the safety of an experienced guide to take you along some wonderful exploration on your paddleboard. Enjoy some of Wales’ worldwide acclaimed beauty from a unique perspective. With this West Wales Adventure you can expect to explore remote caves and sandy coves, passing beneath towering cliffs as you enjoy the fresh, clean sea air straight off the Atlantic Ocean, the return to your comfortable accomodation in a dream location a short walk from Freshwater West. Enjoy some local wildlife including seals, porpoises and a whole lot more.
Coastal Paddleboarding in Pembrokeshire
Pembrokeshire is home to some of the most spectacular coastline in Wales and perhaps the whole UK. And what better way to explore it than by paddleboard? Big Blue Adventures offer 2-3 hour paddle boarding tours open to all levels, including absolute beginners. They operate out of several locations – including Fishguard, Newgale Beach, and Abercastle – which give them plenty of flexibility to find the best conditions each day. They’ll kit you out with all the equipment you need, including an experienced instructor, and can even provide you with an 8-person giant SUP to get your whole crew out on the water together! To get even more fun out of your day, why not combine the experience with one of their beach yoga, surfing or coasteering sessions?
Guided Overnight Paddleboard Adventure
If you are looking for an exciting mini adventure, then join Psyched Paddleboarding as they head out at dusk to set up camp in a wonderfully ‘wild’ location. Enjoy the serenity as you watch the stars fill up the sky while heading out on a magical nighttime paddle in Anglesey, the calm water underneath you as you float under the evening sky. After some exploration, you get to snuggle up in your toasty warm sleeping bag to enjoy a peaceful night spend wild camping under the stars. Escape the everyday, shake off your worries and stresses and be recharged and reinvigorated by time spent in nature.
Paddleboard Tour Langland Bay to Mumbles Knab Rock
For a paddleboard tour in South Wales how about heading out with SUP Gower on an excursion around Swansea? With two great options for this paddle tour, you get to make the most of your time out on the water. Either starting from Langland Bay and heading toward Mumbles Knab Rock or vice versa, you’ll meander your way along the lovely scenic coastal town, tide-assisted for a nice relaxing experience. You’ll head past the famous Mumbles pier and explore around Mumbles Knab Rock. You can expect the tour to take around 2 hours 30 minutes, all equipment is provided, but SUP Gower does recommend having some experience or a few lessons with them prior to heading out for this fun-filled adventure on the sea.
Top 5 Paddleboarding Holidays in England
Part of the United Kingdom, England is a small country that borders Wales to its west and Scotland to its north. Though it might be small, England certainly offers a lot, with its stunning landscape of pint-sized shores, lush green fields and rolling hills, the towering chalk cliffs and ancient woods. With 10 equally beautiful national parks, a whopping 34 Areas of Outstanding National Beauty (AONB) and around 2795 miles of craggy beach-fringed coastline, making it one of Europe’s longest, and only one to offer a public coast path all the way round. Whether you’re strolling over the South Downs, ascending some Lake District mountains or adventuring above Dover’s unmistakable White Cliffs, England is a seemingly endless adventure for your eyes.
Beginners Paddleboarding Weekend In Dorest
Explore Dorset in a new way with Apex Expeditions’ beginner’s paddleboarding weekend. This three-day experience includes two half days and one full day of paddle boarding alongside experienced instructors. Build your paddling confidence and receive professional coaching as you explore some of Dorset’s most breathtaking scenery, including the famous chalk cliffs of Old Harry’s Rocks. A shuttle bus will transport you and your boards to a new paddle spot each day and take you back to your accommodation afterwards. There you can take some time to explore the area, enjoy delicious local cuisine, and get a great, well-deserved night’s sleep. This tour includes all equipment, food, transport and accommodation for a hassle-free, enjoyable experience.
Paddleboard Safari on The River Avon
Photo: Andrew Smith
The River Avon is a calm, slow and winding, dreamy example of a river that meanders away from busy roads, towns and the noise of civilization into a quiet and calming wilderness filled with wildlife large and small. With regular sightings of deer swimming in the river during the warm summer months and Red Kites shadowing us as we paddle along. This is way more than your average ‘learn to paddleboard’ session, this experience offers up the opportunity to explore this pristine natural space from a unique vantage point while learning the skills to explore on your paddleboard with the help of some clear and calm instruction.
Photo: Walter Baxter
Paddleboarding Adventure in Fremington
Boasting incredible views of the surrounding scenery, this wonderful beginner-friendly adventure involves some tranquil paddling in a lovely calm part of the estuary. Your professional and friendly instructor will teach you the basics as well as some safety skills to get you paddleboarding in no time. The instructor will then tailor the tour to suit the abilities of the group (containing no more than four people) as they guide you from the pebbly shore out onto the waters of the North Devon Estuary. Learn a new skill, get some exercise, get back to nature and enjoy the outdoors as you paddle picturesque waters surrounded by beautiful scenery and filled with wildlife spotting opportunities.
All equipment provided, no experience necessary. This tour is ideal for beginners to intermediates.
Paddleboarding In The Lake District
The lake district is a bit of gold mine for paddleboarding holidays in the UK, so good in fact we had to give it a section of it’s own! To find our top places for paddleboarding in the lake district please click the link below
Top 5 Paddleboarding Holidays In The Lake District
Brownsea Island – Paddleboarding And Camping
For a paddle boarding holiday packed with different experiences, check out this three-day trip from Apex Expeditions. You’ll start your journey by taking a speed boat ride via the iconic Old Harry’s Rocks out to Brownsea Island. This National Trust-owned island is renowned for its beautiful scenery and rare wildlife, and it’s where you’ll spend two nights glamping in bell tents under the stars. Enjoy a sunset paddle on your first evening, then get ready for day two, a full day spent exploring the secret coves and swimming spots of Studland Nature Reserve. On day three, you’ll discover paddle board touring as you pack up your equipment, load up your boards and journey back to the mainland, up the River Frome and return to Wareham Quay. This tour includes all food, accommodations and instruction from experienced professional guides.
Last Updated on April 26, 2023 by Paddleboarding Holidays