When the weather is settled and the wind stops blowing stand up paddleboarding might be the finest way to enjoy the water and views of the surrounding mountains of Glencoe.
Combining the best of paddlesports and surfing the boards give you the ability to explore flat water lochs, rivers and ocean swells (depending on experience). The sport originated in Hawaii and has since spread across the world with the feeling of gliding across the water on your feet being captivating to all ages and abilities.
Loch Leven provides a great location to get started and to progress to longer tours. You will want to wait til the wind dies down to really appreciate the feeling and not get blown downwind. When it does the tour around Eilean Munde is a must do and for those feeling keen paddling down to Bishops Bay to explore the natural harbour there is a wonderful half day.
If you have two vehicles a great day out is to paddleboard the full length of Loch Leven from North Ballachulish to Kinlochleven. You will want to ensure you have either no wind or a slight tailwind from the west and set off at the start of the incoming tide. This gives you a slight boost and makes for a relaxing paddle. Ensure to take in the best bits of Bishops Bay and Eilean Munde before stopping at the Seafood Cafe for a refuel. The second half takes you through the Caolas nan Con narrows and into Kinlochleven. There are options on the north side to finish sooner with the road running near by.
If you want to learn to paddleboard lessons are available from experienced instructors at Rugged Paddleboard Glencoe. They also have hire boards for those with enough experience to paddle independently.
Visit their website www.ruggedpaddleboard.co.uk
or call 01855 604 044