Paddle Boaring on Loch Ken

Paddle Boarding on Loch Ken

Discovering this paddle boarding location was an unexpected bonus when Loch Ken was suggested to us by some locals. We had seen photos of the River Dee further south and wanted to explore that area but found launch places problematic. The area with the disused railway bridge was a perfect place to launch as there was close parking and a gentle gradient entry point into the water.

The Main Points

  • Location – Loch Ken, Dumphries and Galloway, south west Scotland
  • Cost – Free
  • Conditions – Freshwater Loch and River
  • Other users – Occasional kayaks, canoes, swimmers and campers
  • Entry Point – Access boat ramp from carpark
  • Surrounding amenities/Bathrooms- Camping facilities on Loch.



It is worth noting that on the railway bridge were signs which informed operators of non motorised craft of water skiing on the loch. If you are Paddle Boarding on Loch Ken it is requested that you paddle close to the shores.

If you are planning on paddle boarding on Loch Ken make sure you observe the signage which is designed to keep all water users safe. This is especially the case during peak useage times such as in the summer, public holidays and on weekends.

An unexpected surprise Paddle Boarding on Loch Ken

Directly opposite of the Loch Ken Holiday Park we discovered and interesting part of the shore line.  On further exploration it turned out to be where the River Dee flows into Loch Ken.

This was a serendipitous discovery as the water was so still and calm.  It also happened to be further away from the busy A713 which runs along the eastern shore of Loch Ken.

While you can’t paddle a long way before reaching rocky obstacles in the river it would be well worth checking out launch place further up the River Dee if you are interested in River SUP.  There most likely would be some areas of portage but travelling with the flow of the river would be easier.

Watch our video of Paddle Boarding on Loch Ken here

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