Paddleboarding in Bay of Small Isles

Paddleboarding in the Bay of Small Isles on Jura is one of the most memorable sessions that we have had in Scotland. We had near on perfect conditions which probably helped a lot! The Bay of Small Isles is along the south eastern coastline of the Isle of Jura in Scotland. Jura is one of the wildest islands in Scotland that is accessible by car or camper.  There isn’t a lot in the way of facilities or even roads but I think that’s what makes it so special.  

Campervan, picnic table paddle boards overlooking bay, beach and some islands

The Main Points – Paddleboarding in The Bay of Small Isles Jura

  • Location – Bay of Small Isles, Isle of Jura, Scotland
  • Cost – Free beach access from car park
  • Conditions – Seawater Loch
  • Other users – Walkers and beach goers
  • Entry Point – Sandy Beach
  • Surrounding amenities/Bathrooms- Nearest amenities are in Craighouse 4 km south (2.3 miles)



Water Conditions

Paddleboarder silhouette with island in the back ground
Such peaceful tranquility paddleboarding the Bay of Small Isles
Post paddleboarding glass of gin in the sun by campervan with paddleboards
Toasting a great days paddleboarding at the Bay of Small Isles Jura

The Bay of Small isles is overlooked by the dramatic paps of Jura which continuously appeared and disappeared in the clouds as we paddled. As we got closer to the islands we heard a loud splash and discovered we were being watched by a group of curious seals. It was a little difficult to get any footage on them as GoPros don’t tend to offer much in the way of zoom but it was a pretty cool experience! After our paddle we sat in the sun and enjoyed some of the local Lussa Gin. Slanja Va

Gin bottle and two glasses on wooden tray
The Delicious Lussa Gin – made locally

Check out our Video on Bay of Small Isles here

Check out our SUP Safari Scotland Episode 2 – Isle of Islay and Jura for more paddling locations here

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