6 Steps to Be Happy Like A Scot

When you think of where the happiest place in the world might be, we’re guessing your first thought isn’t going to be Scotland. However, recent studies have shown that Scotland is actually the happiest place to live in the United Kingdom. With an unbeatable work/life balance, and a treasure trove of incredible sights and attractions on your very doorstep, it’s not difficult to see why the people of Scotland are so happy.

The history of Scotland is as fascinating as it is complex. Think beautiful, ancient standing stones, lavish castles, striking architecture, derelict fortresses and world-famous engineering. Wherever you go in Scotland, you will discover warmth and welcome, and no we’re not talking about the weather, Scots are some of the friendliest, most accommodating people you will ever meet. 

But just what exactly makes Scotland so special and worthy of a place on your must-visit holiday list? It is our love of whisky, kilts and ceilidhs? The monster at the bottom of our loch or the strange prickly plant we use as our national symbol? Well, for starters, Scotland was voted ‘the most beautiful country in the world’ by roughguide.com readers.

So, we’ve put together a six-step guide on how to be happy like a Scot to help give you a taste of what it’s like to live here. 

Step 1: Climb a Hill

Scotland is filled to the brim with walking routes and trails just waiting for you to explore. Whether you’re looking for a Lochside stroll, a challenging Munro to conquer, a tranquil woodland walk or a freeing coastal trail – Scotland has hundreds to choose from.

Ben Ledi Hill walking picture

Get out there and explore one of Scotland’s best assets – the great outdoors. If you are looking for some addtional support on your Scottish hill walking adventure, check out our hiking page for a list of the guided tours we run.

Step 2: Drink Whisky, Lots of Whisky

Whisky is our national drink and biggest export, enjoyed well across the globe but served best right here at home. With over 100 distilleries spread across five different whisky regions there are lots of options to enjoy (responsibly of course) and plenty of opportunities to learn how they’re made. Each of our whiskies have their own unique flavour and character – you just have to taste a few to find your favourite. 

Fun Fact: The spirit cannot be called Scotch until it has aged for at least three years.

Step 3: Island Hop

People living in the Highlands and islands are the happiest in Scotland, according to new research. The region came top in the latest Bank of Scotland Happiness Index, up from second place last year, with the natural environment and sense of community credited with helping to boost residents’ cheerfulness. So, whether you’ve only got a couple of days or a couple of weeks, it’s well worth taking the time to explore a few islands and discover the unique character of each. 

The main island groups which are best suited for touring include the Inner Hebrides and the Outer Hebrides in the west of Scotland, and Orkney and Shetland in the north.

Drone Shot of the Hebs

Step 4: Wild Swimming

Scotland. The ultimate natural playground. Here you can have a go at all the activities the country is legendary for, as well as some that you might not have heard of such as wild swimming, an increasingly popular outdoor activity here.

With over 10,000 kilometres of coastline, rivers, and countless lochs, the options for wild swimming are as endless as your imagination. Why not take a scenic trip up to Glen Coe or Loch Lomond and enjoy the mountains from a different perspective? 

Wild Swimming at the Fairy Pools on the Isle of Skye

On a side note, if you like the sound of wild swimming… but are also looking for some added excitment. Our canyoning and coasteering day trips from Edinburgh provide you a adrenaline filled wet and wild adventure.

For more information about wild swimming check out our Introduction to Wild Swimming blog: here

Step 5: Embrace Nature

With hundreds of awe-inspiring natural landmarks, you won’t have to travel far to find scenic places in Scotland. We were also praised as one of Europe’s leading wildlife destinations, the adventures range from wild camping to whale watching.

outdoor learning Scotland

Some popular destinations include; Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park, one of the UK’s largest nature reserves, this paradise is a gateway to a whole host of outdoor activities including Munro-bagging, hiking, biking, loch cruises and more. Another favourite is the Fairy Pools of Skye, beautifully crystal-clear blue pools on the River Brittle.
These famous pools entice visitors from all over the world, as they make some great wild swimming for those brave enough to enter the cold water. For the less adventurous these magical Fairy Pools make for some fantastic photos.

Step 6: Eat Like a Scot

With the Atlantic on our doorstep, fresh mountain waters, lush rolling hills, fertile soil and varied weather, Scottish cuisine is renowned for its unrivalled quality. From Aberdeen Angus beef, Stornoway Black Pudding, Arbroath Smokies and Shetland salmon and shellfish to Scottish whisky, ales, scones, shortbread, not to forget haggis – Scotland is a culinary heaven for foodie lovers.

But it is that fizzy, orange hangover cure, square sausage and deep fried-just-about-anything, that is really our favourite.

We are a adventure tourism and outdoor education provider based in Edinburgh. We specialise in canyoningcoasteeringmountain biking and hill walking, and deliver these adventurous experiences across Scotland

If you are looking for additional information about adventures from Edinburgh, we have published a number of blogs:

  • 10 reasons to stand up paddle board: here
  • The best breakfast spots in Edinburgh: here
  • The best hotels and hostels in Edinburgh: here
  • Stag Party Adventures Edinburgh: here
  • Planning a Hen Party to Edinburgh: here
  • Top Tips for Backpacking in Scotland: here
  • Edinburgh Stag Party Ideas: here
  • Hen Party Adventures Edinburgh: here
  • Stag Party Outdoor Adventures Edinburgh Essentials: here

If you haven’t already seen it, check out the Intrepidus Outdoors Trip AdvisorYoutube channelVisit Scotland page and blog to hear about how others found their outdoor adventures with us!

Intrepidus Outdoors

Intrepidus Outdoors specialises in Outdoor Activites Edinburgh. We are a adventure tourism and outdoor education provider based in Edinburgh. We specialise in canyoning, coasteering, mountain biking and hill walking, and deliver these adventurous experiences across Scotland and the North of England. The experiences that we provide take clients into some of the most exquisite, incredible and extreme environments the UK has to offer.

Mission Statment :

To deliver the highest quality adventurous experiences to entertain, thrill and inspire.

Outdoor Activities Edinburgh & Scotland

Our values reflect those of a business started by a small group of rock climbers and mountain bikers. The experiences that we have had adventuring, and our passion for the outdoors, has led us to choose a lifestyle dedicated to sharing our love for the outdoors with others. The approach that we take to the experiences that we provide, and the business that we run, is that of sustainability, and an unapologetic quest for quality.

For us at Intrepidus Outdoors, we recognise that our experiences kayaking in clean rivers, surfing on unpolluted beaches and climbing frozen waterfalls have contributed to who we are as people. Therefore, protecting the planet so that the next generation of adventurers can have their own experiences, is hugely important for us. We believe that for people, communities and businesses to make the choice to minimise their impact on our planet, they must first value the planet that we have. We feel that the best way for people to value our blue planet, is to have first hand quality experiences in nature. They can then see the beauty of a forest, feel the power of an ocean and learn to love what is outside our towns and cities, so that they then fight to protect them. We strive to through the products that we deliver make a small difference to peoples understanding of the impact that they have on our world.

Our experiences adventuring have made us who we are and Intrepidus Outdoors is a reflection of us. We provide real adventurous experience that we hope you will cherish.

Adventure Activities Edinburgh & Scotland

There are cities where stuff is happening all year round and where you will never get bored. Edinburgh is undoubtedly one of these cities. It’s an extraordinary place, full of history, festivals, impressive architecture and plenty of attractions you won’t find anywhere else. Not to mention that we are located on the door step of so many amazing adventures and outdoor experiences.

We would like to introduce you to this extraordinary city, giving you a full range of possibilities that can be found north of the wall! Edinburgh has a huge dose of beautiful history, world-famous festivals, fantastic attractions, adrenaline fuled expereinces and great food. Edinburgh is calling you and you simply cannot refuse its invitation.

There are a many outdoor and adventurous experiences to be had in Edinburgh. If you are a thrill seeker visiting Edinburgh and interested in a canyoning, coasteering or mountain biking adventure in Scotland, Get In Touch!

Outdoor Adventures Scotland

It’s no secret that Scotland is one of the most beautiful countries in the world. From the rural coastlines to vast mountain ranges, we have it all.

Whatever kind of experience you’re after you’re sure to find it here, so we’ve put together an adventurer’s guide to Scotland to help get you started. Our guide breaks down all the outdoor activities Edinburgh has to offer and many more adventures to keep you entertained on your holdiay.

To read more check out our adventures guide to Scotland [here]

Check out our Trip Advisor, Youtube channel, Visit Scotland page and blog to hear about how others found their outdoor adventure with Intrepidus outdoors and to see what we do!


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