In Scotland we don’t expect good weather, if we had lots of sun we would be crazy busy with tourists. Because – if you didn’t know – Scotland is BEAUTIFUL. However, haven’t we had some UNBELIEVABLY good weather lately? So much so, I’ve actually been hoping for rain! My garden is bone dry.
With the lovely weather in mind, I’m making it my mission to do more things I love. Even if it means I can’t plan in advance – I hate not being able to plan in advance. I decided that an early start to Loch Lomond for some paddle boarding would be a great morning wake up.
We’re lucky enough to live really close to Loch Lomond so getting up early to beat the A82 traffic on a Saturday is no bother. We arrived around 10am to Luss car park, which was mobbed, if we’d got there any later, we wouldn’t have got parked. The toilets were also queued out the door (which you need 30p to use – FYI).
We had found a company online who provide water sports; Loch Lomond Leisure operate from Luss and Rowardennan. They run boat tours, boat hire and various different water sports. You can hire kayaks, paddle boards, canoes, kneeboards; you can also waterski and wakeboard, among other things. Having played around on paddle boards in America, I couldn’t think of anything better than paddling around free on Loch Lomond.
It cost £22 each to hire a wetsuit and paddle board for 1 hour. Disclaimer: 1 hour is not long enough! Do at least 2. We had a little trailer to changed in, then off we went into the Loch! I was a bit worried about standing up since the water was so choppy, but once we were up it was easy peasy. You definitely need some core strength to stay steady and upright, especially when the speedboats are going past.
The sun broke through the morning cloud while we were on the water, and the views were stunning.
All of Loch Lomond is beautiful, but there is something about being out on the water, surrounded by Scottish countryside that just feels special.
After we got off the water and changed, it had turned into another glorious day. Neither of us fell in so we were nice and dry to head over to the Village Shop for some ice cream. Some tablet flavour ice cream and a walk along the beach to end a fabulous Saturday morning!
This has now resulted in us scouring the internet trying to find a good deal for inflatable paddle boards to take island hopping in August. If anyone can make any suggestions we’d love the hear them. Looking at a few deals on Amazon, and also BlueFin Kayaks. Loving the boards at Red Paddle, but that might take a bit of saving!