While many of us have already grown tired of the phrase staycation, for paddle boarders, however, there remain a number of reasons to get excited by the prospect of taking a holiday within the UK. Here, we’re sharing five of our favourite locations to take your paddleboard, those that not only make the most of each country’s various and stunning landscapes but also those least overwhelmed by footfall and seasonal activity.
So, if you’re looking to grow your appreciation for the UK’s natural landscapes while also enjoying one of the most fulfilling and relaxing outdoor activities, then we have you covered.
Loch Duich, Scotland
For those familiar with paddleboarding in Scotland, Loch Lomond will be a familiar name. It remains possibly the most popular location for paddleboarders and swimmers alike. However, Loch Duich, located in the highlands of West Scotland, is far less explored.
This idyllic location has calm, clear waters sat on the backdrop of mountains with peaks that, at the right time of year, will be crenellated in white snow. Not only is it one of the most amazing natural wonders in the UK but it is also home to Eilean Donan Castle, whose majestic presence will make for one of the most photogenic paddles you’ll experience.
Barafundle Bay, Wales
If you’re looking for soft sand and blue water, then Barafundle Bay might be the perfect place for you. This relatively quiet beach remains undiscovered and can only be accessed by foot. While this might make it difficult for some paddleboarders, it is certainly worth the journey because this secluded bay is one of the best places to SUP in the UK.
While Cornwall’s waters, especially locations such as Newquay, remain some of the busiest in the UK for holidaymakers and surfers, you might be surprised to know there is a hidden corner. Cawsand, and its neighbouring village, Kingsand, are to stunning locations that are perfect for paddleboarding. These bays are home to great vistas and are host to traditional pubs, gorgeous holiday lets, and great hiking trails too.
Plas Y Brenin, Wales
Snowdonia is home to a number of excellent outdoor activity locations, making it ideal for those who want to do more than simply take in the water. However, if you’re eager to paddle, then Plas Y Brenin is the place to go. The waters here remain calm, making it an ideal place for beginners to find their footing, but also have an expanse that gives even professionals an unforgettable experience. And, if you’re lucky with the weather, you’ll be rewarded with breathtaking views of the Welsh landscape.
Carrickarede, Northern Island
You may know this tiny island for the infamous Carrick-A-Rede bridge that connects it to the mainland, however, did you also know that it can be accessed by paddleboard? The rocky fronts and green hills make for an amazing backdrop, and paddleboarders can even pass right beneath the bridge, waving to those brave enough to cross it!