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Learn to paddleboard in Cullen, Scotland

We offer SUP (stand-up paddleboard) introductory lessons and guided tours of our local coastline in and around Cullen Beach and Portknockie on the Moray Firth.

Whether you're looking for a safe introduction to SUP, or you'd like to explore our beautiful coastline by paddle, you're welcome to join us.
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  • Two couples on an introduction to paddleboard lesson in Portknockie Harbour, Scotland.
  • Family paddleboarding during a lesson at Portknockie, Moray.
  • Group of paddleboarders going through the archway at Bow Fiddle Rock, Portknockie.
  • Portknockie Harbour Paddleboard Lesson
  • Two children jumping from paddleboards into the water at Portknockie Harbour, Moray
  • A couple standing together on their paddleboards during a SUP lesson at Portknockie
  • Two couples on an introduction to paddleboard lesson in Portknockie Harbour, Scotland.
  • Family paddleboarding during a lesson at Portknockie, Moray.
  • Group of paddleboarders going through the archway at Bow Fiddle Rock, Portknockie.
  • Portknockie Harbour Paddleboard Lesson
  • Two children jumping from paddleboards into the water at Portknockie Harbour, Moray
  • A couple standing together on their paddleboards during a SUP lesson at Portknockie


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Katarzyna Goszcz
May 14, 2024

Took an Introduction to Paddle Boarding with Blue Coast & Paddle in May2024. The session took place in a safe and  quiet harbour of Cullen. The class was very well structured and explained. It covered safety aspects and all necessary basic techniques allowing for padding on your own (standing up) at the end of the class! Truly enjoyed it! Highly recommend it!

May 10, 2024

My daughter and I had an Intro to Paddleboarding with Adam at Portknockie Harbour. Cannot rate it highly enough. Adam was absolutely lovely. (If u r a middle aged menopausal women - go for it! The wetsuits do fit! There is no excuse!) The location was stunning.It was our first go. Decided on Blue Coast even though closer options to Aberdeen. Absolutely delighted. (Have I said that already....!) Go on. You will love it!

Ross P
April 19, 2024

Managed to get a booking with short notice thanks to Adam. My daughter and nephew done the paddle board class and had a great time, the location at Cullen harbour was a great location to carry out the lesson. Due to poor sea state that day this protected them. We will book again when we are back up in the summer to visit there Grandparents.

Gayle Watson
April 6, 2024

My daughter and I had a fabulous time. Adam was very professional. The session was not only informative but fun and worth every penny. Would definitely recommend booking with Blue Coast Surf & Paddle.

October 9, 2023

Fun, informative, and in a lovely location, it was a great experience, something slightly different to the usual activities, and was overall an enjoyable morning. Adam was supportive and patient and very good at explaining all the fundamentals. Will definitely be paddleboarding in the future thanks to Adam and the confidence he inspires!

Steven Caie
October 2, 2023

I visited Blue Coast for a first go at surfing and loved it.  Adam was brilliant with the group, knowledgeable and a great instructor.  I enjoyed myself and the instruction so much I went back up two days for stand up paddle boarding.  Top notch

September 24, 2023

Adam is very knowledgeable and reassuring and was an excellent tutor. We were both quite apprehensive but Adam made it an excellent experience. Would highly recommend .

Darryl S
September 16, 2023

Booked both a surf lesson for my son and a SUP lesson during the summer, both were great days out. Adam is a great teacher, read the abilities of everyone in the group and ensured all had a great time. All equipment was in perfect condition and had great photos emailed though after the lesson.Would highly recommend, and will be back next year.

Fiona Pulley
September 11, 2023

Brilliant morning with Adam who made it fun from the start. Two paddle boarding novices who thoroughly enjoyed his tuition and company. Fair play to him. He had us both standing and paddling by the end of the session. Can only highly recommend him and we are happy to visit him again.

Fiona McDonald
September 8, 2023

Fantastic location, great experience, Adam made us feel very welcome and is extremely knowledgeable about surrounding area.

Julie Hart
September 6, 2023

Had a fantastic adventure with Adam along Cullen Beach and through Bow Fiddle Rock, i would never have tried it without such a competent guide.  Even seen dolphins on the return leg. Such a brilliant experience 10/5!

September 1, 2023

My husband and I had a wonderful experience on our SUP lesson and coastal tour with Adam. What a calm, experienced and understanding instructor he is! I went from being terrified saying “I can’t do this” to actually doing the coastal tour. We made some lovely memories and Adam took some great photos for us. Thank you Adam for making it such a great day for us. You are a star!

September 1, 2023

Got this experience as a gift for my dad for his birthday as neither of us had every tried paddleboarding but always wanted to - would highly recommend this to anyone wanting to give paddleboarding a go as Adam was very informative and made sure that the lesson was thoroughly enjoyable at the same time! Our group had a mix of abilities but Adam made sure everyone was involved and had challenges to suit their ability.

Northern lass
August 30, 2023

Our family group of 10 adults had a fantastic afternoon Paddleboarding with Adam and his helper Isla. Both new and returning boarders had a great time learning new skills and perfecting previous experience. Adam has a lovely manner. He is thoughtful to those who are a bit nervous and encouraging to those who are up for a challenge. It was my own 4th time and I will be back. All equipment is of a high standard and comfortable. Great value day out.

August 26, 2023

Paddle Boarding Lesson with my daughter who had given this to me for my birthday. What a fantastic gift and a huge thank you Adam our instructor. The two hour lesson was perfect. Information was delivered in a simple easy to understand manner and Adam kept us all involved in various activities at all times. Highly recommended.

August 26, 2023

Adam was an excellent teacher for our beginners paddleboarding session. He was really good with both kids and adults. Also used the company for wetsuit hire another day. Next time surfing lessons!

Fay Tough
August 21, 2023

Had a brilliant introduction to SUP session with Adam, 4 of us (50 something females) a bit apprehensive and Adam put us all at ease and made the whole experience great fun. He is so patient, especially with one of our group who was a bit concerned about falling into deep water! We all did of course (fall in!) but managed self rescue under Adam’s close instruction and supervision and felt very safe. By the end of the session we even all managed to stand up at the same time. Excellent! Highly recommend 👏👌

Sharlene G
August 20, 2023

Our SUP lesson with Adam was fantastic. He put us all at ease very quickly. He is very knowledgeable and we felt safe at all times. The lesson was fun with lots of different activities to try and we learned so much - even how to rescue someone on a board. He had so much patience with me and offered so much support. Thank you!

Mandy Chalmers
August 20, 2023

Absolutely brilliant experience.

All equipment provided and Adam was an excellent instructor who also made it really fun. Not only did we have a ton of fun and laughs (mainly the kids laughing at the amount of times I fell in) but we also learned invaluable safety/ rescue tips.

Great session, great instructor, great memories.

100% recommend booking paddle boarding, we will be booking again.

Garry K
August 18, 2023

Adam is brilliant. His mastery of the surf and paddle board, is like first class. How the hell does he stay in those waves? Must be witchcraft or thousands of hours and skill. We did 3 sessions with Adam. SUP family session, SUP Tour and Surfing lesson. All very fun, informative and safe. Adam is an excellent instructor and very knowledgeable about the sea/wild life.

Paddleboard Lessons & Tours Details

Ages: The minimum age is 8 for lessons and 12 for tours.
Experience: No previous experience is required. All are welcome from beginners to intermediates.
Equipment: All equipment is included; buoyancy aids and 5mm thick winter wetsuits with boots / gloves / hoods if required. We have a wide range of wetsuits to cater for all shapes and sizes.
Duration: Lessons & tours last 2 hours after we're changed and good to go.
Location: Lessons take place in calm, flat water; the beach on very calm days or sheltered harbours if open water is unsuitable. Tour routes depend on the conditions, including Bow Fiddle Rock, Port Long Bay, Logie Head, & Findlater Castle.
Prices: from £35 (Special prices are available for Families & Couples)

From sheltered harbours to coastal excursions, our local coastline ranges from Cullen to Portknockie, Findochty, and Sandend; the ideal playground for your SUP experience. Keep your eyes peeled for dolphins & seals! Our instructors are qualified beach lifeguards, in the water with you to keep you safe, give feedback, and have a good time.

  • Check in and meet your friendly instructor
  • Get changed and familiar with the equipment and important safety info
  • Hit the water where you'll build control of the board on your knees before getting to your feet
  • We provide a structured lesson that builds your comfort and prepares you for independent paddling or a tour

Please bring a towel, sunscreen, and water. We recommend you arrive with swimwear on (for under your wetsuit) as it makes it easier to get changed at the beach.

Once you're a competent paddler, we have multiple routes that take in parts of our local coastline, including Bow Fiddle Rock, Port Long Bay, and Logie Head. If you have a particular destination you'd prefer please let us know, however this is always dependent on the suitability of the day's conditions. Look out for playful dolphins and curious seals!

A glimpse of North Sea magic

Why paddleboard in Scotland with Blue Coast?

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All equipment included

We only use the highest quality equipment; warm 5mm thick wetsuits, buoyancy aids, and top-of-the-range inflatable paddleboards.

Experienced guides

All of our coaches are qualified lifeguards, in the water with you to keep you safe, give feedback, and have a good time!

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Small groups

1:8 maximum instructor to student ratio. We teach you to paddleboard safely and independently.

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Interesting routes & locations

From sheltered harbours to coastline excursions, the local Cullen coastline is perfect for your SUP experience.

SUP for all

We offer paddleboarding to all, no matter experience or ability. Our instructors will take the activity at your pace, making sure everyone progresses and has fun.

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Give the gift of the sea to a loved one. Not just a memorable experience; it might change their life!

A unique perspective

First time paddleboarding and want a structured lesson in a safe environment? Have questions about equipment? Tried paddleboarding before and want to give it a go in the sea? How about an introduction and tour combined?

Whether you're on your own or with a group of friends, all are welcome at Blue Coast. Enjoy our beautiful coastline from a fresh perspective on the water.

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Paddleboarders leaving Port Long Bay back towards Cullen with Bow Fiddle Rock in the distance; during a guided tour with Blue Coast Cullen.

Fun for the whole family

Paddleboarding is a brilliant group activity for the whole family. Lessons can be adapted to include challenging games and races for the kids while the adults find their feet.. or maybe it will be the other way around?

An ideal way to make memories together on your visit to Cullen.

See our booking system for special prices on family group lessons.

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Family group photo on paddleboards at Portknockie harbour during SUP lesson

The ultimate couple's experience

Paddleboarding is a great way to spend some time together in the sea. Imagine a tour in calm glassy conditions, idly paddling the metres away with your partner; the perfect way to relax together (until one of you falls in)!

As a bonus, it's not uncommon to see playful dolphins and curious seals when out on a tour, which makes for an unforgettable experience.

See our booking system for special prices on couple's lessons.

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Couple paddleboarding at Portknockie Harbour during SUP lesson

How fit do you have to be to take part?

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Providing you are able to swim (unaided for surf lessons and 50m for paddleboard activities) and you have no current health issues or injuries preventing you from taking part in physical activity you can participate.

You will be able to progress at your own pace and all activities can be adapted to you; fun will be had by all.

We have a wide range of wetsuits to cater for all shapes and sizes.

What are the age limits?

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The minimum age limit for our group activities is 8 years old. For paddleboard coastal tours, the minimum age limit is 12 years old.

You're never too old to get in the sea and have a go!

Will I be cold?

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The water temperature in the Moray Firth ranges from 7-15°C. We find our high-quality 5mm thick winter wetsuits keep our customers toasty, as well as gloves, boots, and hoods if needed. We've had no complaints! You should be warm and comfortable for the duration of your lesson with us.

What if I don't have the balance to stand up?

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Don’t worry, every SUP session starts by learning how to paddle on your knees and you can still enjoy all the elements of the session knee paddling.

What if I fall in?

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This is all part of the fun. The main thing is not to panic; you're attached to a big float which you'll be able to climb back on to relatively easily. If you have any problems, your instructor will be there with you to help.

I have bought my own SUP, will I learn enough from a lesson to go out on my own?

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We aim to teach you the skills to go out paddling safely and independently. This will include precautions to take when going out unsupervised, self-rescue, and important knowledge about suitable weather & sea conditions.

I've paddled before, can I go on a SUP tour?

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You must already be a competent paddler to join one of our SUP tours. This means being able to confidently control the direction of your board and make steady progress. If you're in any doubt, consider taking one of our Introduction to SUP lessons first.

Find more questions answered in our FAQs, or contact us with anything else.
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