It is no secret that Scotland ranks highly in the world when looking for outdoor activities – we have some of the most stunning landscapes, even if the weather isn’t always stunning! All year round there are many outdoor activities that can suit a whole range of ages and tastes – from high adrenaline and fast paced to leisurely and free. There will be many of the usual suspects to participate in or why not have a go at something a bit more different (white water rafting Scotland) Here are our Top 5 :
No matter what type of cycling you are looking for – Scotland can accommodate you. Whether seeking out a way to pass a few hours on a nice day or looking for more exciting, mountain biking trails there is something for everyone. Scotland has a whole range of events all year round and cycling routes for all abilities. There are an array of specific cycling holiday packages for those wanting to make a week of it available as well through various travel companies.
Should you find yourself in Scotland during the months of December – March there are a number of ski resorts to take advantage of. Scotland have as many as five resorts to choose from which offer the best skiing and snowboarding facilities in the UK. The largest of these, The Cairngorms, is easily within reach of all the major Scottish cities should you be enjoying a city break. If travelling from Aberdeen you can reach the Cairngorms in just 30 minutes and from the capital city it is less than a three hour drive.
Undoubtedly golf is one of the sports most synonymous with Scotland given famous resorts including Turnberry and the ever controversial Trump International Golf Links. Scotland is known around the world as the home of golf so should you be a keen golfer then visiting one of Scotland’s famous golf courses should be high on your agenda during your time here. If you are planning a golfing holiday within Scotland there are places more relevant to your needs that others. Apart from the aforementioned resorts, our top picks for golf in Scotland include :
Gleneagles has been the host of many competitions and tournaments and it has 3 world class courses which make it ideal for any aspiring professionals out there. If your game isn’t quite up to pro standard then they also offer a training academy for anyone wishing to progress their skills.
For those wishing to pair golf with relaxation and stunning landscapes; Cameron House is a sure winner – being located on the banks of the famous Loch Lomond. Holiday makers can enjoy pairing luxury accommodation with their golfing activities and enjoy a spa session after a long day on the Carrick course – there is even a pub in the form of an old Thames river boat should you get thirsty between holes!
If you are looking for a city break with some golf thrown in then Dalmahoy is ideal – being located just 20 minutes outside Edinburgh. It has two championship courses to choose from as well as a spa and restaurants. Given its location it is popular amongst Edinburgh footballers and any teams visiting Murrayfield stadium.
Probably the most popular, widely available (and most
importantly free!) of all outdoor activities in Scotland is walking – whether you are in a city or looking to scale one of our famous mountains you will never run out of options as you are never more than a stone throw away from an attraction or historical site. Scottish cities are a great place to walk aimlessly and find yourself immersed in a culture and will no doubt offer some of the best people watching in the UK. Alternatively, there are stunning coastal routes, forestry trails and mountain summits – depending on where you are located. The beauty of Scotland is that since it is such a small country you can easily travel to almost anywhere within a day if you want to reach something a bit further afield.
White Water Rafting Scotland
Should you want to try something new and a bit out of the box, something a bit more adrenaline filled you definitely want to try white water rafting Scotland. As well as this, water search and rescue training is another fun packed outdoor activity. Whether wanting to test the waters with something a bit easier and relaxing at grade 2 level or want to smash it down a grade 5 rapid (the highest grading) there are multiple sites of interest for white water rafting Scotland including Oban, Perthshire and Fort William. One company which offers white water rafting Scotland is Vertical Descents who offer a number of different packages to suit various groups and individuals. This type of activity is suitable for all ages and family trips are even available, so why not try white water rafting Scotland next time you visit?