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Take to the water to experience a new wave of adventure

By John Davidson

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Paddleboarders at Nairn beach.
Paddleboarders at Nairn beach.

Stand-up paddleboarding – often known simply as SUP – has never been so popular.

Taking place on canals, lochs and even in sheltered seas, it offers a delightful way to paddle at a gentle pace while taking in everything around you.

If you’ve never tried it, you can experience SUP with Explore Highland, based in Inverness.

Experienced paddling guide Donald Macpherson will get you started, taking you through everything you need to know before getting out on the water.

His beginner paddleboarding courses are available throughout October, along with SUP journeys through the remarkable Aigas Gorge for those with a taste for adventure.

Sea kayaking and open canoeing trips are also available, with half-day outings at venues including Cromarty, Loch Ness and the Moray Firth.

Explore Highland also offers private bookings and can cater for families on some of its trips. It provides all required safety gear for every trip and has amended its booking requirements for tandem craft such as open canoes and sea kayaks during the 2020 season, so that different households within groups do not share boats.

All trips must be booked online in advance. See www.explorehighland.com for details and availability.

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