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SUP spots for beginners – 5 great locations in the north.

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SUP sots for beginners can be found everywhere. The first part of this series of articles featured beginner stand up paddle boarding locations in the south (ish). Now we turn our attention to the north.

Tiree, Hebrides, Scotland.

Quoted as being the sunniest area of the UK the tiny Hebridean island of Tiree is a must visit for anyone into watersports and the outdoors. The home of the Tiree Windsurf Classic for many years it’s also a renowned spot for stand up paddle boarding. For such a small area of land the SUP options on Tiree on extensive. And for beginners it’s great too.

Where will your stand up paddle boarding take you?

A small loch (Loch an Eilein) can be found on the island which is perfect for those tentative first steps. And being a small island means there’s usually somewhere to paddle, across 360 degrees) if shelter needs to be sought. At the very least Tiree is just a beautiful spot.

Wild Diamond offer SUP lessons and hire on Tiree.

The Lake District, Cumbria.

Perhaps a no brainer The Lake District is a breathtaking spot for some paddle boarding action. And has become a center of excellence for the sport with plenty of SUP schools and hire outfits around. Whilst the weather can sometimes be against paddling the sheltered nature of the lakes means there’s often a put in to make use of regardless. Derwent water is the pick of the bunch in the Lakes with easy access from Keswick. Find out more here.

And if all else fails SUP wise you also have amazing hill walking and cycling to get involved with.

The Lake District, Cumbria.

Llandudno, North Wales.

The beauty of Llandudno for beginner stand up paddle boarding is it has several sheltered bays that offer calm conditions for progressing. As a classic Welsh seaside town there’s also plenty to do in the absence of good SUP conditions. The stunning Cliffs of Great Orme are well worth a look for instance.

Psyched Paddleboarding are based in the area and can cater for all your SUP needs.

Isle of Skye, Hebrides, Scotland.

Another stunning Hebridean island, the Isle of Skye is known for its rugged landscapes, medieval castles and some amazing stand up paddle boarding spots. There are plenty of sheltered locations to put in depending on the weather.

Scottish paddling can be awesome.

Our friends at Scotland SUP Co offer all types of lessons and group SUP sessions on Skye. They’re definitely worth getting in touch with if you fancy paddling on Skye.

Clogherhead Beach, County Louth, Ireland.

Clogherhead Beach, sitting in the Irish Sea, isn’t quite as exposed as Atlantic facing beaches. During summer the water in these parts can often be much calmer than elsewhere. As such it’s a great place for learning how to SUP. Being 70kn north of Dublin you’re poised to enjoy Ireland’s capital city as well as getting to grips with stand up.

Celtic Adventures are to be found in this area and use the beach for teaching stand up paddling. Get in touch for more info.

There are, of course, plenty more stunning and idyllic beginner stand up paddle boarding spots around the UK. Why not get in touch to let us know yours.

Header image: Rapid Skills.

You can find more places to paddle via the following link.

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