Stand Up Paddleboarding at Slugan Dubh – near Iona

Stand Up Paddleboarding at Slugan Dubh

A couple of years ago I discovered this idyllic little bay just south of Fionnphort with a friend. There was something magical about the evening light as it cast a silvery glow over the landscape. I knew that I would have to return one day. I didn’t know that the name of this bay was Slugan Dubh but I did know it was a great place for Stand Up Paddleboarding.

The beautiful clear waters of Slugan Dubh on the Isle of Mull

The Main Points

  • Location – Slugan Dubh , Isle of Mull, Scotland
  • SUP – Own Fatstick Inflatables, Pink Panther* and Blue Lagoon (*Pink Panther now has a new design – check it out here)
  • Cost – Free 
  • Conditions – Sea/saltwater Coast
  • Other users – Beach goers, the occasional swimmer, kayakers
  • Entry Point – Sandy Beach
  • Surrounding amenities/Bathrooms- Nearby campground and town of Fionnphort


Current Weather Conditions

Sunset at Slugan Dubh - Isle of Mull

A Wee Blether

Access to the water is easy as there is a nice grassy spot where you can park. There is no overnight camping here but the nearby Fidden Farm has a campsite which was closed when we were there due to the corona virus.

View over to Fidden Farm
Fidden Farm and Campsite – idyllic!

It was hard to capture the light and the beauty of the location as the sun began to set. Slugan Dubh was a truly memorable place to stand up paddleboard.

Crystal clear waters of Slugan Dubh

Stand Up Paddleboard underwater
The clear waters are so beautiful
Stand Up Paddleboarding at Slugan Dubh - Isle of Mull
The rocky landscape is typical of this part of the west coast of Scotland

Part of the enjoyment of stand up paddleboarding at Slugan Dubh was exploring and navigating the rocky outcrops. These created a sheltered place which was also good for swimming. We saw heaps of little crabs scuttling across the sandy bottom but they were too quick for me to capture on film! I love looking down into the crystal clear water and seeing a whole other world.

Stand Up Paddleboarding on the white sands of the Isle of Mull at Slugan Dubh

Idyllic for Stand Up Paddleboards

Stand up Paddleboarding near Fionnphort Isle of Mull

Check out our other post on the Isle of Mull where we paddled at Calgary Bay.

Stand Up Paddleboards on the white sandy beach of Slugan Dubh - Isle of Mull

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