Absolute musts for visiting Scotland – Top 10 locations

Fàilte gu na h-Alba – Welcome to Scotland 

After another epic day in the Scottish countryside we were back at Intrepidus HQ chatting about our favourite things to do in almighty Scotland. It turns out that doesn’t make a half bad list of things to do for visitors and locals alike.

Firstly, it is important to highlight what it is about Scotland that we all love so much, well here it is! The people: they are fantastic, friendly, always up for a laugh. The scenery: beautiful and wild with mountains, rivers, beautiful beaches, forests, castles, wildlife, fishing, stag and general awesomeness. We have places so off the beaten track it will take many many hours to get there, and country pubs with roaring fires and tasty ales. We can’t not mention Scotland without highlighting the outdoor pursuits scene with everything from munro bagging to mountain biking and with coasteering and canyoning we truly have it all.

Here’s our 10 favourite things in no particular order except number 1 which is to take a trip with us (obviously)! #ShamelesslySelfPromoting

1 – Take a trip with Intrepidus to get into the great outdoors on a coasteering, canyoning, mountain biking, canoeing or hill walking adventure. We will pick you up from your hotel in Edinburgh with one of our minibuses and drive you to the best adventure locations in Scotland. We provide the best quality equipment with awesome qualified and experienced instructors and guides. Want to hear what other people think of our trips, check out our TripAdvisor.

2 – Hang out in the City of Edinburgh . Wander the streets of Edinburgh taking in the beautiful sights of Edinburgh Castle, Holyrood Palace, Arthur’s Seat, The Old Town, The Shore and Stockbridge. Maybe have a walk down the prom at Portobello or Crammond with an ice cream. Spend the day visiting the free museums, galleries and botanical gardens.

3 – Tour round the Isle of Skye: Skye has some of the World’s most spectacular scenery. We would recommend stopping at Eilean Donan Castle which juts into the water where 3 lochs meet. Then heading onto Skye to see The Quiraing, The Old Man of Storr and The Fairy Pools.  

4 – Climb Ben NevisThe highest mountain in the British Isles. Ben Nevis is 1,345 meters high and is located a mile north of Fort William on the West Coast of Scotland. The Ben Nevis walk is approximately 17km, includes 1352 meters of ascent and takes between 7 and 9 hours depending on the conditions. On route, you will see some amazing views of the Scottish Highlands and our lochs, glens, and mountains.

Our Ben Nevis guided trip from Edinburgh is the best way to summit Scotland’s highest mountain, including transport from Edinburgh. However, if you are an experienced hiker and going to undertake this adventure on your own we would recommend going after the thaw. There are many routes up the Ben and the weather can be very changeable so make sure you are well prepared.

Ben Nevis Guided Walk

5 – Steam along the West Highland Line feeling like you are on The Hogwarts Express:  The most scenic railway in the UK. You can get on a steam train between Fort William and Mallaig heading over the Glenfinnan Viaduct which you will recognise from the Harry Potter films. An absolute must for fans of the books and films. 

6 – West Highland Way – Scotland’s finest long distance walk from Milngavie to Fort William sees you walking up the west coast of Scotland. This long distance route will take you through The Trossachs, along Loch Lomond and through the beauty that is Glencoe and Glen Nevis. The walk will take you along lochs and beaches and through some of the most stunning scenery you could ever wish to feast your eyes on. You can opt for the whole walk, or go for specific sections. People camp, stay in accommodation or bothies along the way. Whatever your choice it will be an experience you won’t forget! 

Hill walking

7 – Bag some munros: Scotland has 282 peaks known as Munros – these are peaks over 3000 ft or 914.4M. We like to call the past-time of walking to the summit of these peaks Munro Bagging. There’s loads to choose from and many can be done in a single day.  Here’s a list by height: Here

8 – Stay in a bothyBothies are remote shelters in the wilderness that are left unlocked and are mostly available free of charge for anyone to use. The Mountain Bothy Association has all the information you need about what to expect, where to find them and the Bothy code.

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9 – Visit Glasgow – Scotland’s biggest city: Glasgow has much more of a city feel than Edinburgh and feels much bigger. There is a buzzing pub, club and live music scene with loads of venues to choose from. There’s also great shopping and restaurants, some beautiful old architecture blended with newer buildings and loads of galleries and museums to keep you busy. 

10 – Get yourself wild swimming – Scotland is not short of beautiful spots to get your wild swim on. You’ll probably need a wetsuit (almost definitely) but it is well worth it. We love Belhaven Bay and Tyninghame in East Lothian for the beautiful sand dunes, relatively empty beaches and view of Bass Rock. Here’s a wild swim map https://wildswim.com/ that gives you some ideas

When we started to think about it we realised we had so many ideas that a top ten wasn’t gonna be enough. We could go on forever about our favourite Scottish things and probably will. 

Who are Intrepidus Outdoors?

We are an adventure tourism provider based in Edinburgh, Scotland. We specialise in great outdoor activities including hill walking, canyoningcoasteering and canoeing. We deliver these adventures to different clients which include stag and hen groups and adults visiting Edinburgh. At Intrepidus we also like to provide interesting and informative blog posts about our experiences of Edinburgh! 

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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