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.

Munro Bagging

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 minimise your planning for a hill walking adventure. #ShamelessPlug

Wild Swimming

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 swimming, and would like some more information. Check out our introduction to wild swimming blog: here

Water Sports

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. 

Choose from kayaking, canoeing, coasteeing, canyoning, surfing and windsurfing, paddle baording plus loads more.

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. 

Island Hopping

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.

the Best Scenery in Scotland | Picture of a Beautiful Scottish Beach

Road Trips

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. 


Intrepidus Outdoors is an adventure tourism and outdoor education provider based in Edinburgh. We specialise in adventurous experiences and deliver these across Scotland and the North of England. The experiences that we provide take clients into some of the most exquisite, incredible and extreme environmentsthe UK has to offer.

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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