Paddleboarding Bosta Beach – Great Bernera

Paddleboarding at Bosta Beach on Great Bernera has been on my SUP it list since our visit back in 2018 when I wrote about the area here.

It is such a beautiful location with white sandy beaches and crystal aqua waters common in these parts of Scotland.  I would highly recommend if you are planning on paddleboarding in the Outer Hebrides that you add Bosta to your itinerary.

The Main Points

  • Location – Bosta Beach (Traigh Bhostadh), Great Bernera, Scotland
  • Cost – Access from beach car park
  • Conditions – Salt Water Loch
  • Other users – Campers, beach goers, swimmers, visitors to Iron Age village
  • Entry Point – Sandy Beach
  • Surrounding amenities/Bathrooms- Bathrooms in car park, overnight parking is allowed for a small fee



Water Temperature

Paddleboarding at Bosta Beach

Our goal was to paddle to Little Bernera and visit it’s sandy bays accessible only by water. When we got out into the water the wind sprung up again. This made us decide to just paddle within the beach area itself. This part of Scotland is pretty remote. It’s worth mentioning that help isn’t quite as close as most of us are used to. However if you are there on a nice day, check out the satelite images. You will see the hidden beaches I am talking about. And if you plan on visiting them, please only do so within your capabilities.

Bosta is also home to an Iron Age Village and reproduction house which is really worth the visit. It was closed on this visit but luckily we had visited last time we were at Bosta. The house is amazingly snug for somewhere that probably gets a hammering with the winter (and summer) winds. The guide was a wealth of information about the building and it’s inhabitants when this style of housing was used.

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