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The best watersports on Loch Tay

Perthshire has a wealth of gorgeous scenic views, including that of the beautiful Loch Tay – but did you know that there is a whole host of exciting watersports available on Loch Tay too?

From kayaking to paddle boarding to water trampolines, there are so many watersports on Loch Tay that will suit every level of adventurer.

Sit-on kayaking

Sit-on kayaks are the perfect vessel for adventuring along the beautiful shorelines of Loch Tay. These small boats are brilliant for skimming across the surface of the loch, offering a unique perspective of the surrounding hills – and a great photo opportunity from your position so close to the loch’s surface.

Canadian Canoeing

The Canadian canoe, also known as the open canoe, offers you the chance to embody the archetypal water adventurer on Loch Tay, taking in the incredible views of the Ben Lawers mountain range and, if you’re lucky, spotting some of our glorious local wildlife, including trout, osprey, beavers and otters.

Sybilla’s Island, or Priory Island – a small land mass on Loch Tay where Queen Sybilla is said to have died in the 1100s, and where the ruins of an ancient priory can be viewed  – provides a chance to catch your breath before heading off on the trip back to the other side of the loch.

Paddle boarding

Stand up paddle boarding (SUP) is fast becoming one of the most popular watersports on Loch Tay, and it’s easy to see why – it’s simple to learn and gives you a great elevated view out over the water.

From a standing position, you can gaze up at the mountain scenery and have a gander at what’s going on underwater. You can even hire giant paddle boards, which are suitable for up to eight people and guaranteed to make any party memorable. Why not give it a go? We know you’ll be hooked after the first try.


A really fun one for adventure fans of any age, touring Loch Tay by pedalo is a guaranteed giggle. No skills are required to set off on this particular adventure, with pedalos able to carry four people and room for a dog if you have a particularly adventurous canine in the family.


Explore the loch at your own pace by hiring a boat for the day. Heading off on a motorboat is a brilliant way to get out on the water and explore the loch – it’s also an excellent opportunity for fishing fans to indulge in their favourite pastime, maybe even catching one of the many Loch Tay trout! Fishing licenses are available to purchase from the post office.


If you’re looking for a seriously fun way to get out on the water, this is it. Perfect for kids and the young at heart, inflatables are a great excuse to chill out and have a laugh. Scale a giant inflatable iceberg, bounce on the trampoline or simply sit back, relax and watch all of the fun unfold!

Would you like to take part in thrilling watersports on Loch Tay surrounded by pristine Scottish wilderness? Taymouth Marina is the perfect base to do so – find out about the watersports we offer and contact us today.

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