Stonhaven Paddleboarding

driftwood is our wood fired SAUNA box


She’s called Driftwood and she’s our super cool/hot authentic wood-fired sauna box right next to the beach in Stonehaven Harbour


This Estonian style wood fired sauna is in a converted horse box and features beautiful scented Aspen paneling, a gorgeous super efficient wood-fired stove and is clad on the outside with driftwood collected from Stonehaven beach. It has upper and lower benches and will accommodate up to 6 people. Our Beach site has incredible sea and harbour views with direct beach access, so perfect for a sea swim, paddleboard or kayak too! We have changing facilities, a cold freshwater shower and public toilets are available near by.

The sauna is available 7 days a week from 7am to 7pm.


The whole sauna can be booked for 30, 60, 90 or 120 sessions for up to 6 persons, just select a date and time from the options below.

Need a longer session? Message me with your requirements by email, text, messenger, WhatsApp or Pigeon.



Drink at least one 8 oz glass of water before entering the sauna. Ideally, start your session at least 2 hours after any meal. We recommend leaving all jewelry, phones, and metal/glass bottles or glasses outside of the sauna.


Grab a sit towel & hop in! Let the heat sink in for 10 – 20 minutes.


Chill outside in nature, rinse off, or go for the full cold plunge. Enjoy the cool down for at least 5-10 minutes for the full benefit of this part of the cycle.
HYDRATE! Drink at least one 8 oz glass of water during your cool down


Repeat the cycle 2-3 times with a full cold plunge at the end. Feel the hot & cold circuit reset your system.

  • Your swimwear and 2 towels – one to dry yourself and one to sit on in the sauna
  • It can be chilly so it’s a good idea to bring a robe and sandals                
  • A water bottle.

 We have changing facilities, somewhere to store your clothes and a cold shower.

  1. The sauna can reach 85ºC or higher. Humidity (and perceived heat) is varied in the sauna by pouring water over the rocks to create steam
  2. Ensure your swimwear has no metal fasteners
  3. No earrings, piercings or other jewellery
  4. Do not use the sauna if you are ill  
  5. Check with your doctor before using sauna if you have any health conditions 
  6. If you start feeling ill leave the sauna 
  7. Never fall asleep in the sauna 
  8. Be super careful not to touch stove and stones  
  9. We recommend cooling off outside between rounds by using our shower, or, ideally, by jumping into the sea (if conditions allow)
  10. Keep rehydrated throughout drinking plenty of water

Cancellation of your session must be done with 48 hrs notice minimum!

Gift vouchers available for single sauna sessions and sauna + activity sessions. 

Driftwood is mobile so if you want me to come to you no problem, birthdays, events, corporate. Contact me to discuss your requirements and costs.

We will be organising road trips throughout the year to some cool locations throughout Scotland and mixing in other activities such as wild swimming, sup, skiing, kayak etc.

Fun family trip We had an amazing stand up paddling trip with Dave. Our boys (12 & 10) loved it, as did Mum & Dad. Paddling round the coast to Dunnottar castle and though small caves and inlets on the way was so picturesque. A highlight of our holiday!
Fab I love paddleboarding at Stonehaven and going for tours Dave is fab and knows his stuff.fab for all abilities
Blair G
Great day out! Lessons were so fun! Stonehaven has some fantastic views! What better way to see them than from the water and learn a new skill! We did the beginner course for paddle boarding and had a great time! Highly recommend.
Brilliant beginners lesson We had a beginners lesson with Dave and would highly recommend. I am a little wary of the open water but really wanted to challenge myself, everything was explained clearly and I felt really safe (we reached just beyond the harbour limits without me freaking out). His knowledge & teaching is brilliant, he is patient but will also push you a little so I came away from the lesson energised and wanting to continue paddleboarding. He has a variety of paddleboarding classes you can join after your beginners lesson, I really want to do the River paddleboarding up Deeside.
Lisa M
Best experience ever! My daughter has had a few lessons with Dave, he is loads of fun and a brilliant teacher. She absolutely loves Paddleboarding now, go along for a lesson- I can guarantee you will not be disappointed!!!
Luke P
Great Day! We had a beginners lesson which lasts 2 hours and includes a great deal of information and practical advice before getting on the water. Once on the water all the basics are covered in detail before moving on and progressing at a pace which didn’t feel rushed. Our instructor Angus was patient, friendly and helpful. We had a brilliant time and I would definitely recommend this to anyone wanting to experience SUP.
Get out there and do it! Started as a beginner last year and never regretted it. It's a fabulous pastime for all levels and ages. Dave is super relaxed but a great instructor and purely thanks to him I'm now competent enough to fully enjoy both sea and river tours. His prices are very reasonable considering the length of the sessions and he supplies all the gear you need! Stonehaven harbour is the perfect starting point for all of his available sea tours with Dunnottar Castle just down the coast and plenty caves to explore in between. If you decide on a river tour you will not be disappointed either since the local River Dee is a beautiful spot to go for a paddle. I highly recommend both Dave and Paddleboarding to everyone!
Private SUP lesson I really wasn’t sure if stand up paddle boarding for the first time as a slightly unfit mum at the age of 54 was gonna be for me but from the first moment dave was ace - very friendly approachable everything explained great kit - I wasn’t remotely cold on a March day it wasn’t a bit as scary as I worried it might be and it was just an amazing lovely experience to see beautiful stonehaven from the sea! Really really great experience couldn’t fault it - defo recommend !!
Sandy Thom
Fantastic Session! Did a one hour taster session which was excellent. Really engaging for the kids (12 years old) and in no time they were up and about. Lots of games and mucking about which was 'instruction by stealth' but it really worked. Stonehaven harbour is perfect for beginners and there are plenty of options beyond the harbour for the more adventurous / skilled. Will definitely be going back.
Best fun ever A group of mates and I had a few lessons and tours. Just the best fun to be had on the water. Great chilled coach and let everyone get on at their own pace. Would highly recommend to anyone. All ages and fitness levels.


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