Paddleboard Hire

Explore Highland has a fleet of Freshwater Bay inflatable boards (ISUP’s) so you’ll be guaranteed to have a great day out on the water!

The 2021 paddleboard fleet includes;

  • Freshwater Bay 10’6 All-rounder paddleboards,
  • Freshwater Bay 11’5 Compact Tourer paddleboards,

Explore Highland paddleboards are great for use on the Caledonian Canal, lochs, and sheltered coastal waters around Scotland. The general rule is they are not allowed to be used on rivers due to fin depth, potential damage, and additional safety implications.

Paddleboards hire season is generally from March to October each year. But happy to arrange hire outwith this season if given advanced notice.

Transporting Hired Paddleboards

When hiring them from my Inverness base, by default all hire boards will be packed deflated in their storage bag unless otherwise requested so ready to be loaded straight into your vehicle at the time of collection.


If you do have roof bars on your own vehicle, you can request your hire paddleboard be inflated for the collection so can be loaded straight onto your vehicle roof. This will save you the hassle of having to inflate and deflate the board during your hire period. You will be given a pump no matter to ensure you have the correct pressure for the weather and temperature conditions.

Alternately, you could book a paddleboard drop-off & collection if unable to transport paddleboards yourself.

Paddleboard Hire Kit

Explore highland includes the following kit FREE OF CHARGE when requested with all paddleboard hires:

  • a buoyancy aid (with whistle) for all SUP’ers
  • a helmet for any coastal paddling or beach landings
  • A travel rucksack to transport and store the ISUP safely
  • an adjustable adult paddle
  • a spare split paddle and towline issued per hire group
  • a coiled leash to ensure you don’t drift apart from your board should you fall off
  • a six-inch removable fin to ensure your board tracks well when paddling
  • a hand pump and connector to inflate your hire board when required
  • a sponge for wiping down your board before packing away
  • a 10-litre dry bag per person to keep  important items safe & dry
  • a 35-litre dry bag per person to use as a stern bag for multiday/expedition use
  • a 70-litre dry bag/backpack per person to use as main cargo bag for multiday/expedition use
  • a toilet kit per group including loo roll, trowel & hand sanitiser

Please complete the downloadable SUP Kit List and submit it at the time of booking so your kit is reserved along with your craft.

Paddleboard Hire Additional Kit

Also available are the following additional chargeable items:

  • Full body wetsuits
  • Wetsuit shoes
  • 3m roof rack straps
  • Vango adventure tents
  • Sleeping roll mats
  • Stove & cooking sets
  • and more…

Please complete the downloadable Additional Kit List which can be submitted at the time of booking.

Paddleboard Hire Costs

Explore Highland Paddleboard hire charges for are;

  • One day – £50
  • Two days – £65
  • Three days – £80
  • Four days – £100
  • Fifth day FREE – £100
  • Six days – £125
  • Seven days – £150

For longer hires, please add £25 per day.

Feel free to share Explore Highlands 2021 Paddleboard Hire Flyer

Booking your Paddleboard Hire

You can book your paddleboard hire in three easy steps.

Step 1 – Check out the online diary for Donald’s availability for hire kit issuing and shuttle service is required. Craft availability is not listed online.

Step 2 – Complete the downloadable Hire & Shuttle Booking Form along with your SUP Kit List, and if required your Additional Kit List

Step 3 – Email all required forms to Donald at

Please also be aware as featured on the diary page, Donald is out coaching/guiding and not office-based, so please apply with plenty of time to allow enquiries to be processed.

Paddleboard Hire Terms & Conditions

  1. Paddleboard hire is offered on the basis that hirers are appropriately experienced and qualified in the craft being hired, including safety & rescue of the craft, kit, and group, in the environment being paddled. No instruction or safety cover is included with hire.
  2. Buoyancy aid is issued per paddler and required to be worn at all times when on the water.
  3. £100 refundable security deposit paid by credit/debit card/bacs required per board at the time of collection.
  4. Minimum of 14 days notice is required for all hires during peak season (March to October). Please see the online diary for Donald’s availability as longer may be required as frequently away on guided multiday adventure holidays with little to no signal.
  5. Drop off/collection service is also available when booked at the same time as your hire.
  6. Hire Agreement terms & conditions form is required to be signed at the time of hire.

For those with limited to no stand-up paddleboarding experience, Donald runs regular half-day and full-day trips plus offers bespoke guided adventure holidays which include coaching, guidance, transport, and safety cover.

Paddleboard How to Videos

  • How to unpack and inflate our inflatable SUP – COMING SOON!
  • How to fit and remove a fin – COMING SOON!
  • How to set up an adjustable paddle for your height – COMING SOON!
  • How to safely launch and land your inflatable SUP safely – COMING SOON!
  • How to pack and store our inflatable SUP – COMING SOON!

Responsible Paddleboard Access

When out paddleboarding, under the Scottish Outdoor Access Code, you must take responsibility for your own actions on and off the water. We can help by providing you with our local knowledge, responsible access, and safety information before you head off on your adventure.

As a responsible company, stand up paddleboard hire is only available to those with paddling and safety experience on the board and intended environments. For those who have no experience or looking at venturing into unknown waters, a professional guiding service is available.

Alternatively, Donald can offer a skills/safety training workshop for those wishing to hire paddleboards without any experience.