SUP Safari Scotland – Ayrshire, Dumfries & Galloway

Paddle Boarding at Culzean Castle

After travelling back south through Glasgow we head for culzean Castle which has been on Neal’s Castle Bucket list for the whole trip so far. As we approach it is easy to see why. Culzean Castle majestically sits upon a cliff looking out to the Isle of Arran where our trip began.

The gardens are impressive and there is a display of beautiful wicker sculptures about the grounds focusing on the theme of the sea.

A beautiful Mermaid Sculpture in the gardens of Culzean Castle

After a look around the castle we find a quiet spot to go in for a quick paddle – after all it’s a scorching (for Scotland) 26 degrees Celsius and on, in and around the water is definitely the best place to be!

The silhouette of Culzean Castle perched in it’s clifftop setting

Our next destination was inspired by a beautiful photo we found and of course needed to be investigated for its SUP potential. It tuned out that it wasn’t the best place to paddle as it was amongst a bird reserve and also required about a 800m portage through some farm tracks to get to the water.

Such a beautiful spot but not so good for paddling!

The people at the bird reserve suggested we check out Loch Ken and I am so glad we did! There was easy access near the old railway bridge on the eastern shore. While some of the Loch was reserved for water skiing there was also the inlet where the River Dee met the loch which provided some really great tranquil water for paddling and interesting scenery to explore along the way. It very much reminded us on paddling on the Maroochy River back home in Queensland!

The tranquil River Dee as it meets Loch Ken

Here is our latest SUP adventure video so you can check out these awesome locations yourself to see what it is like paddling there. Since airing one of our viewers told us that there is a friendly seal that likes to frequent Culzean Bay so if you are down that way keep an eye out! We didn’t manage to see him/her but it might have been too hot for seal sun bathing.

Join us next week as we travel slightly north to the firth of Clyde where we explore the ‘Bute-iful’ Isle of Bute and see the River Clyde from an all new perspective with a slightly different form of paddling!! See you then!

If you missed part one of our SUP Safari Scotland to the Isle of Arran you can read about it here.

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