Here at Sykes we love exploring Scotland; whether we’re diving into the cool waters at Loch Morlich, running along the southern coast, or hiking The West Highland Way, we know that Scotland is the land of adventure and that its diverse landscape is ideal for outdoor activities! That being said, you can imagine our surprise when we found out that only 12% of the 2390 people we asked would consider an adventure holiday in Scotland.
This result really shocked us and made us sad to think people are missing out on all the wonderful opportunities Scotland has to offer. We decided to take action, and put together a graphic which highlighted some of the best adventure activities available in Scotland. Thanks to the help of industry experts our graphic is now complete, so keep reading to see if we can convince you to try something new this year.
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Adventure Awaits in Scotland
With its invigorating coastline, dramatic lochs and rugged landscapes, Scotland is the ideal destination for adventure. Journey into the Scottish wilderness on your next trip, and you could find yourself traversing serene mountainsides or plummeting into open seas.
Where? Nevis Range Mountain Resort, Glencoe Mountain Resort, Glenshee Ski Centre, Cairngorm Mountain Resort and The Lecht Ski Centre.
When? The best time for skiing in Scotland is between January and March.
Did You Know? Glencoe was the first ski resort to open in Scotland and is home to the country’s longest vertical descent.
Our Expert Says… “Visit the Nevis Range ski area where the UK’s only mountain gondola takes you to 650m on Aonach Mor and 11 more ski lifts. Beginners can hire everything they need and enjoy fun lessons on gentle slopes near the restaurant, while more advanced skiers and boarders can enjoy red and black runs, our famous back country area, as well as a terrain park.” Dave Parfitt, Snowsports School Manager, Nevis Range
Where? Coasteering takes place along Scotland’s rockiest shorelines.
When? Any time of year if you have the right kit. Book with a reputable company and they’ll provide this for you.
Did You Know? Coasteering involves exploring the rocky coastline by climbing, swimming and jumping.
Our Expert Says… “Scotland’s coastal waters, cliffs and caves have been the inspiration for countless tales of folklore and legend over the ages. The raw natural beauty and majestic atmosphere entice your adventurous spirit and beg you to Jump into Adventure. Join us on the Coasteering experience of a lifetime.” Aidan Duncan, Operations Director, Breeze Adventures
Where? Scotland’s abundance of lochs and rivers mean you can canoe just about anywhere.
When? Both summer and autumn are good for canoeing, although the colder months are less crowded.
Did You Know? When canoeing you use a single bladed paddle, as opposed to kayaking where you use a double bladed paddle.
Our Expert Says… “Canoeing in Scotland offers adventures for everyone. You can explore one of Europe’s last genuine wildernesses, paddling and camping for days with the lochs and mountains to yourself. It also offers the less experienced many sheltered, less challenging outings, with plenty of advice and support available to help plan your own little adventure.” Calum Rogerson, Sales & Marketing Manager, Canoe Hire Scotland
Where? For the best views and the muddiest terrain, head for the Highlands.
When? From January to December you’ll be able to partake in quad biking treks at any time of year.
Did You Know? Scotland’s mix of sunshine and showers make conditions perfect for quad biking — prepare to get muddy!
Our Expert Says… “Quad biking in the Scottish Highlands offers a totally unique experience. Diverse terrain and stunning backdrops as you explore the hills, mountains and glens from the comfort of your bike. Add to that the thrill of riding a quad bike and you have the ultimate off road experience.” Ian Brown, Managing Director, Highland All Terrain Ltd.
Where? You’ll find archery centres across Scotland, from mystical forests to the shores of Loch Ken.
When? The ideal time for shooting is summer, when the weather is warm and the breeze slight.
Did You Know? Papingo is the oldest archery event to take place in the British Isles; it occurred in Scotland and dates back to 1483.
Our Expert Says… “With stunning countryside and a large number of outdoor activity centres and specialist archery activity providers across the country, Scotland is a fantastic place to experience thejoy of taking part in archery. Where better to try your hand at one of the oldest sports in the world, while enjoying the great Scottish outdoors. We welcome everyone who wants to try archery when visiting” Rona Mather, Director, MRM Archery Ltd