Scotland is an excellent place for watersports enthusiasts to visit, as the countless lochs and seaside towns and villages make for great locations to get on the water. If you're into paddleboarding then many of the lochs of Scotland are great to head to.
Of all the lochs that we've taken our paddle board to, we'd definitely say that Loch Lomond has been the best. But there are a number of things that you should be aware of before taking your paddle board to Loch Lomond because it definitely isn't just a case of turning up at the loch and jumping right on the water.
In this guide, we'll try to outline everything you need to know for paddleboarding at Loch Lomond, from the best places to set off to tips for keeping safe. Let's get into it:
Firstly - important byelaws
We'd say that the most important thing to be aware of before heading to Loch Lomond with your paddle board is that Byelaws are in place which mean that you must wear a buoyancy aid while you're paddleboarding at the loch. If you're not wearing a buoyancy aid while you're out on your paddle board and a member of the Loch Lomond team such as a ranger spots you, it's almost certain that they'll ask you to come in and immediately stop paddleboarding. Your buoyancy aid could be something small like an inflatable waistbelt, but we'd recommend getting a proper life jacket for paddleboarding like one of these. These are not only safer, but they're also more visible from the shore so the Loch Lomond team will be able to see that you're wearing the appropriate safety gear. The loch may seem calm on the surface, but even for advanced swimmers it can be dangerous, so don't go paddleboarding at Loch Lomond without a suitable buoyancy aid.