If you want a truly Scottish paddle boarding experience then you can’t go past Loch Ba. Set upon Rannoch Moor it is both beautiful and stark, ancient and enigmatic.
The Main Points
- Location – Loch Ba, Rannoch Moor, Scotland
- Cost – Free access from carpark
- Conditions – Freshwater Loch
- Other users – The occasional boat (rare)
- Entry Point – Peaty beach
- Surrounding amenities/Bathrooms- Village of Tyndrum 23km south or Glencoe 26km to the west
Paddle boarding on Loch Ba
If you’ve never travelled across Rannoch Moor then you are really missing out. The very landscape itself brings to mind the many layered history in which this special place is saturated.
On the many occasions we have passed through this way I find myself imagining a group of Highlanders mounted on their sturdy Clydesdale horses returning home from a long journey. They sway rhythmically in their saddles as their mounts confidently pick their way through the heather, skirting the grey mirror like lochs and lochans which are scattered across the moor as they go.
There is a real sense of presence here which is hard to miss. An energy which attracts the weary traveller beckoning them to stop and experience this soulful place. An urging to become part of something bigger than oneself.
It is with these thoughts playing out in my mind that we reach the moor. After many previous crossings, always on the look out for the double boon of both a safe place to park and to easily access the water I have arrived at the realisation that the perfect place is just along the road a little. Today conditions in the Scottish highlands are uncharacteristically perfect for what might be our most epic and magical paddle yet.
Watch our Video of Paddle Boarding on Loch Ba here
I have to say that SUP Bloke did an awesome job of the drone photography here. It really conveys the magical sense of gliding on the glassy water that I so love about Paddle Boarding. This video is part of our SUP Safari Scotland Series – Episode 18 where we go on to the Hidden Valley prior to travelling up the Great Glen. If you would like to see the entire episode you can watch it here.
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