• Welome to the Where To SUP Perthshire Guide

    This section is where we show you Perthshire and Tayside's top Stand Up Paddleboarding destinations. From Surf and Sea to Loch and River. This spectacular area has it all, With most of these destinations being less than an hour and a half from both Edinburgh and Glasgow, hopefully you will get some inspiration to explore the region by SUP. Scroll down the page to read them all, and keep checking back in as we continue to add places.

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  • River Tummel - Pitlochry to Ballinluig

    This is a great section of about 5 miles of fairly fast grade one to two water in lovely countryside. This is the final stretch of the River Tummel before it joins the mighty River Tay. It starts in Pitlochry, a major Highland tourist town, with great facilities including hotels, hostels, campsites, cafes and shops. The route starts just below the huge, impressive, Faskally hydro-electric dam (note, this river is dam released, so be aware of the water levels rising when on the water). Above the dam is lovely Loch Faskally which makes another great destination (see its own seperate guide further down ther list).

    Parking at the start is possible near the Pitlochry festival theatre which has a car park, or the Port-Na-Craig hamlet road. Alternatively, park by the rugby pitch on the opposite bank.

    From the start you are in fast flowing water, before a nice calm section heading underneath Pitlochry's foot and road bridges. The river then begins to become a little more shallow just before the road bridge for the A9. After picking your line down here (left at low water levels) and heading under the bridge, the first rapid awaits. As with all the rapids on this section it is a nice, safe wave train. At medium to high levels it is a lot of fun to surf it too.

    Heading down towards Ballinluig, lots of fun lines and small rapids await. Just watch out for anglers and overhanging branches on the outside of some bends.

    The egress point for this section is just before the next road bridge on the right hand side at Ballinluig. Alternatively, you can carry on the 9 miles to Dunkeld to make a fantastic fully day on the water.

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  • WindSUPing on Loch Freuchie

    Its windy outside, really windy!. Its this weeks forecast in fact...a bit of sun, a lot of squally wind...Welcome to a Scottish summer!!.

    This has meant most of my paddleboarding location would 'not be fun', however the introduction of WindSUPing to the SUP family tree, means that I can still get out there with a smile on my face.

    My local WindSUP venue is Loch Freuchie, in Highland Perthshire, Scotland. Its certainly off the beaten track, indeed in my two hours on the water plus time rigging, I counted 5 cars pass by!. What it does have though, is stunning scenery, roadside access and the ability to hold the wind.

    Inland lochs and lakes may usually be gustier than their coastal counterparts, but WindSUP has a way to combat this. The increased volume on a SUP compared to a normal windsurf board means that you have a lovely stable platform to be on while waiting for these lulls to pass and looking for the wind to fill.

    I am getting increasingly passionate about WindSUP, I see it as the saviour of the Windsurf industry, and for us Paddleboarders, the ultimate way to extend our time on the water. Expect lots of WindSUP related articles in the future, its something I am really excited about for the sports future.

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  • WindSUPing in Perthshire and Tayside

    Many larger Stand Up Paddleboards (both rigid and inflatable) have the option of letting you add a Windsurfing rig onto your board. This offers amazing opportunities to still get out on your paddleboard if the wind picks up or is forecast in advance to blow.

    Windsurf magazines are extolling the virtues of WindSUPing, indeed advising their readers to beg, borrow or steal a SUP to learn how to wavesail in lighter winds.

    For a paddleboarder with a sail, mast and boom in your car, Perthshire and the Tayside region has some incredible locations to get out and WindSUP.

    Highland Perthshire has many large, majestic loch's which are ideal for this new addition to the paddleboarding family. Loch Tay has excellent access to the water on both its north and south sides and 17 miles of open water mean it really can get some good wind. Dalerb, a forestry commission area, a mile or two out of Kenmore has excellent access in a stunning location, as does Fearnan, a couple of miles further on. The wind usually blows from Killin towards Kenmore, so expect less wind and calmer conditions the nearer to Killin you get.

    Loch's Rannoch and Tummel offer similar conditions to Loch Tay. Kinloch Rannoch beach on Rannoch is a good place to get out, as is the south Loch Tummel road.

    Loch Freuchie (a huge SUP favourite with the Paddle Surf Scotland crew) at its eastern end offers great access and, due to the prevailing winds, can offer strong wind in pretty glassy water. Its a real WindSUP jewel in the Perthshire crown.

    By the coast and we find plenty of great WindSUP locations. Near Dundee, and in the mouth of the Tay estuary, Monifieth is the most popular Windsurf and Kitesurf spot. It offers (usually) cross shore conditions in which to blast into the Tay estuary. The water can be only waist high so real good fun can be had, remember though, it is the mouth of Scotland's biggest river so be aware of the currents.

    Carnoustie, just north of Dundee, and St Andrews in Fife, offer beautiful beaches and miles of sands to get out and charge alongside. The coastal opportunities are endless in this area, so when the wind blows, the paddleboard really does not need to go away!.

    Paddle Surf Scotland can hire you all the WindSUP gear you will need, contact us for more information.

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