SUP Safari Scotland – Glencoe & Fort William

Stand Up Paddle board with paddler and background of Glencoe

This week we have two epic paddleboard sessions, one of them in the beautiful Glencoe and the other west of Fort William in Loch Shiel at the Glenfinnan monument.

Paddleboarding in Glencoe

After spending two weeks on the islands we head back to the mainland travelling north through the dramatic and moody Glencoe. We stop for a paddle in one of the lochs which I have been wanting to do for quite some time. Surprisingly it is quite shallow and we have a break in the weather which means that SUP bloke could get the drone up. Glencoe is such a beautiful place and we have been fortunate enough to see it in every season but this is the visit that we spend an extended amount of time there. And what a stunning view to wake up to!

Campervan overlooking Glencoe
Harmony contemplating Glencoe

After ticking another paddle of my SUP-it List we head up to Fort William. fort William is another place that we have travelled through on numerous occasions but have never had the chance to spend more than a night there. This time is different though as we have tickets for the Jacobite Express train which travels out to Malaig over the Glenfinnan viaduct most famously seen in the Harry Potter movies. The trip is described as one of the most picturesque train trips in the world and I have to say I totally agree!! We took way too much video footage and too many photos but – WOW!! Check out our latest video on our YouTube channel.

A very excited SUP Bloke about to play trains!!

Paddleboarding at Glenfinnan

Also on my SUP-it List was the beautiful Loch Shiel which leads up to Glenfinnan. For some time now I have been planning a way to get the boards into the water without having to carry them a long way from the car park over a busy road. Lunch was on our side as a new carpark had been created right next to the river. With a few easy portages over some river rocks we paddled down the river and into Loch Shiel.

Campervan with Highlands and steam train in far distance
Two old girl strutting their stuff – Harmony and the Jacobite Express

There was an island and what looked like a wetland to explore on Loch Sheil. Our main goal was to experience the unique views of the Glenfinnan Monument. It was pretty windy out on the water. Just as we decided to explore a more sheltered river to the east of the loch we heard the Jacobite Express blow it’s whistle announcing it’s arrival at the viaduct. It was really awesome to see it from our paddle boards, we couldn’t have timed it better.

Two paddle boarders with boards, river and ancient stone bridge
Preparing for paddleboarding on Loch Shiel

Fort William & Ben Nevis

While in the Fort William area we also explored some of the walks around the base of Ben Nevis. Again were surprised at the diversity of the Scottish wilderness. We had no idea such a beautiful woods was quietly tucked away at its base. Scotland is full of surprises.

Watch the latest video of these two epic paddleboard sessions at Glencoe & Glenfinnan near Fort William in the video above.

I hope you enjoy the video. Keep tuned for next weeks post when we take an unexpected detour on our way to the Isle of Harris. Thanks for coming along on SUP Chicks SUP Safari Scotland.

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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