An Adventurers Guide to 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 adventure 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.
FYI: A Munro is as a mountain in Scotland with a height over 3,000 feet!
Munro Bagging (or hill walking) in Scotland is a great way to explore some of the finest scenery Scotland has to offer. With over 280 Munros to choose from you can enjoy an abundance of stunning panoramic views of mountains and coastline for miles.
Some of the most popular ones include; Ben Nevis, Ben Lomond, Buachaille Etive Mor, Ben A’an and Ben Vane. Up to the challenge? Work your way through the list and join the 6,000 recorded people to have bagged all of the munros in Scotland.
Tip: During peak season, we recommend getting there early as car parking spaces are usually very limited and allow you to enjoy a quieter view at the summit.
Also… We offer transport and guiding if you are visiting Scotland, and want to
Not for the faint hearted, wild swimming in Scotland, once a hobby of the far-out-there health enthusiast, has steadily been attracting a growing number of devotees. It’s no longer outlandish to see someone on the roadside pulling on a wetsuit. Wild swimming in Scotland offers an amazing invigorating and therapeutic experience all set against a backdrop of jaw-dropping scenery, reminding you that this is a very special place to be.
So why not take the plunge and swim in a deep highland river pool, bathe in the calm island seas or enjoy a steady swim across the bonnie banks of Loch Lomond.
Tip: Always check the area you are swimming in is safe and that you are fully prepared with swimming gear and warm clothes to change into afterwards.
If you like the sound of wild
With over 10,000 km of coastlines as well as an abundance of lochs and rivers, the range of water sports in Scotland is second to none. You will struggle to venture far and not find a range of high- quality outdoor activity centres, from gentle introductions to the wildest of experiences and challenges, you’ll find the perfect water-based activity for whatever you’re looking for.
Tip: Water based activities require you to be a competent swimmer so ensure all children are supervised and let your instructor know of any health issues.
What better way to spend a sunny afternoon than on a beach? Whether you’ve only got a short couple of days or a few weeks, it’s well worth taking the time to explore some of Scotland’s island and discover the unique character of each.
Hopscotch tickets are available to purchase from a number of ferry companies so you can spend a few days on one island, and then catch a ferry to another. There are a number of itineraries to choose from, designed to give you as much flexibility as possible. Whether you’re keen to sample the fine peaty whiskies of the Isle of Islay, marvel at the undisturbed beauty of Jura, explore the castles and fairy pools on Skye or head to Tiree for their annual summer music festival, you won’t be stuck for choice.
Tip: Book your travel and accommodation early as spaces and rooms fill up very quickly during peak season.
Scotland has all the essential ingredients for the perfect road trip. All you need is great company, your road trip adventure playlist and the vehicle – we would highly recommend immersing yourself in the experience and hiring a camper van for your trip – there are a number of fantastic options out there to enjoy all of the magnificent scenery that Scotland has to offer.
Your route can vary in length and be as short or as long as you please, a popular route is the North Coast 500, which starts in the northern city of Inverness, weaves along the west coast to Applecross and then northwards towards the towns of Torridon and Ullapool. From there, you’ll venture to some of the most northerly coastal points in Scotland, passing by Caithness and John o’ Groats before heading south again through Dingwall and finally back to Inverness.
Tip: Ensure to book accommodation in advance so as not to be disappointed during peak season.
Scotland is home to over 90,000 species of wildlife, so whether you want to see graceful soaring white-tailed sea eagles, sail alongside bottle nose dolphins and basking sharks or take a trip to visit our famous highland cows, there are some incredible opportunities to get up close with the wildest of our residents all year round.
We recommend booking a wildlife tour with some of the experts and enjoy seeing our locals in their natural habitats as well as learning a bit about them. Head out on a boat trip or off-road in a wildlife safari, you can even go on a nocturnal tour and see wildlife under the cloak of night with hi-tech night vision equipment.
Tip: Don’t forget your binoculars and remember to leave no trace, always be respectful to animal’s environments.
MY Adventure and Intrepidus Outdoors are adventure tours and outdoor experience providers, both based in Edinburgh, Scotland. We specialise in private and open canyoning, coasteering, mountain biking and hill walking tours, and deliver these adventurous experiences across Scotland. We are also a provider of the Duke of Edinburgh Award Expeditions where we run bronze, silver and gold level awards for young people.
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