Stand Up Paddleboarding in Calgary Bay – Isle of Mull

Stand Up Paddleboarding at Calgary Bay

My first visit to the Isle of Mull was a couple of years ago during Easter. The weather was pretty chilly still but nice and sunny. I remember it because it was the first time I’d been to the beach with winter boots on! Even so, Calgary Bay seemed like the perfect destination for some Stand Up Paddleboarding.

Winter boots on at the beach during an earlier visit at Easter!

Calgary Bay left such an impression on me with its white sandy beaches and beautiful aqua coloured water that I quickly resolved to visit again once I’d gotten myself a Stand Up Paddleboard.

Calgary Bay - perfect sunny weather for stand up paddleboarding
Spectacular Calgary Bay

Being such a sheltered bay with a gradual slope into the water, Calgary Bay proved to be the perfect location to go Stand Up Paddleboarding.

The Main Points

  • Location – Calgary Bay, 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, Stand Up Paddleboarders and a yacht or two
  • Entry Point – Sandy Beach
  • Surrounding amenities/Bathrooms- Bathroom at nearby campground

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Current Weather Conditions

Overnight camper van parking at Calgary Bay
A park with a view

A Wee Blether

The Isle of Mull is a pretty popular place to visit as it isn’t too far off the coast from the town of Oban. This makes for easy access for visiting which also means that the ferry is pretty popular too. As we were being spontaneous we hadn’t booked the ferry in advance. With the corona virus there were less ferrys operating too. Luckily we discovered a smaller ferry which was a turn up and drive on ferry. For more information see the video below.

Travelling by camper van was perfect for us as we had all our own facilities and it was a lot more easy to be spontaneous. We could camp in most places where overnight parking was allowed. This included a special parking spot in Calgary Bay for camper vans. The view we woke up to was sensational!

Parking by donation at Calgary Bay
Parking by donation towards a good cause
A cute wee hut in Calgary Bay
A cute wee hut in Calgary Bay
A welcome whale at Calgary Bay
A welcome whale to tell you what’s what!

After a rainy evening, Calgary Bay put on a stunning sunny morning perfect for Stand Up Paddlboarding. We wasted no time in inflating the boards and getting out on the crystal clear water.

Stand Up Paddleboards on the beach at Calgary Bay
Ready for some Stand Up Paddleboarding action at Calgary Bay

After our session we made our way up the hill to the nearby coffee shop for some necessary refuelling (coffee and brownies) before heading off on one of the most picturesque drives south along the rugged coastline.

With so many beautiful white sandy beaches and crystal clear waters to paddle in Scotland we are certainly spoiled for choice. Discover why Scotland truly is a SUPers Paradise here.

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4 thoughts on “Stand Up Paddleboarding in Calgary Bay – Isle of Mull

    • SUP Chick says:

      Thanks! It’s so relaxing out on the water, I live it 😊 and when it takes you to beautiful locations like this – all the better ✨🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿

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