The Red Paddle Co Ride XL 17′ paddleboard has coming to Inverness!

Suitable for groups of up to six paddlers, Explore Highland’s jumbo paddleboard allows the whole family or a group of friends to take to the Highland waters for an adventure like no other.

Every guided group needs are different so even although we have three distinct Ride XL outings available (Canal Capers, Loch Lunacy & River Rush), each will be bespoke for your group needs and paddling abilities and confidence.

To help ensure everyone’s safety, your coach/guide will accompany you on the water from a separate paddleboard to ensure everyone’s safety throughout.

Canal Capers – More suited to families with younger children between 8-14 years old. Canal Capers is a two hour outing which offers a fun and enjoyable paddleboard experience out on very sheltered waters.

Various locations available along the Caledonian Canal in Inverness and Fort Augustus areas.

Priced from £150-180 per private group

Loch Lunacy – For a group of adults or families with children over 14 years old. Loch Lunacy is a half day outing and can incorporate a little paddle skills instruction, some exploring, and at the end definitely involve some lunatic behaviour (meaning a bit of capsizing and swimming)!

Available at a number of local lochs to Inverness including Loch Achilty, Loch Duntelchaig, Loch Ness, Loch Tarff, Loch Oich, and many more options.

Priced from £150-300 per private group

River Rush –  For adults only. River Rush is a day full day out on the river. River Rush is suitable for a small group of adults take on a local grade 2 river.

Various suitable rivers include River Ness, River Beauly, River Spey, River Moriston

Priced from £200-300 per private group

What Equipment do we supply

For all SUP XL guided trips we supply the following kit for all bookings:

  • Ride XL paddleboard
  • a personal buoyancy aid, and a suitably sized adjustable paddle
  • a large dry bag for the group is provided
  • adult wetsuits are available if required. Please confirm sizes at the time of booking.
  • a safe coached/guided on the water adventure
  • a paddling helmet for river paddling
  • copies of photos taken during the trip

What you need to bring

When paddling, you should expect some splashing but more likely a fall of the board. The weather can also change rapidly out on the water so its best to be prepared for the worst. Please bring suitable outdoor clothing to keep you warm for your time outdoors in the Scottish Highlands. As we are going on a wee journey, we will be outdoors for the full duration and not able to just nip back to the start for shelter if it starts to rain.

Essential Items:

  • own wetsuit or shorts/leggings
  • waterproof jacket and waterproof over-trousers are highly recommended
  • baselayer/fleece jumper
  • a hat/ cap to keep your head warm
  • old light footwear/trainers that you don’t mind getting wet/splashed

We recommend also bringing along;

  • water or juice as you may get thirsty
  • any medication you may require
  • towel & complete change of clothes for afterward – can be left in your car at the start/finish point!

Jeans and hiking boats are NOT suitable for watersports and will not be allowed on the water.

Booking a Private SUP XL Experience

You can book your Private SUP XL Experience in three easy steps.

Step 1 – Check out the online activity diary for Donald’s availability/clear day for a suitable date. A minimum of two weeks notice is required to turn around forms, create booking/invoice and allocate resources.

Step 2 –  If the date/time your required private SUP XL experience are available/clear within my online diary, please complete the provisional private group booking request form below.

    Full Name (group organiser)

    Email Address

    UK Mobile Number or Whatsapp no. if outwith UK

    Paddlesports service required

    Paddling Activity/Adventure/Location

    Preferred paddlesport craft for booking

    Requested date of booking (or day 1 of a multiday trip)

    Duration of requested paddlesport activity

    No. of Adults in group (18+)

    No. of teenagers in group (12-18yo)

    No. of children in group (6-11yo)

    Any additional Comments regarding group booking

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    Once the form has been received and reviewed, Donald will get back in touch by email to accept or decline the provisional booking request.

    Step 3 – If your provisional booking is accepted, additional information (Private Group Booking Form) is needed, with the completed forms returned within 48 hrs. All forms should be forwarded to Donald at

    Please 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.