Lockdown Adventurous Activities For kids

Lock down has been challenging for us all, I can only imagine what its been like for the wee ones.
When I speak about wee ones I am being broad, I have 3 boys aged 5 years, 10 years and 14 years.
Going from being able to interact at school and out side with your friends to being told to stay away
from them just in case…… House bound or back garden if your lucky for weeks on end, small trips to
the local beach (When its not packed with others doing the same) or walks to the shops.

At first it was a little fun, no school time in the house to play with there toys or
consoles and of course spending time with parents. This quickly turned to boredom, annoying each
other, parents telling you to keep the noise down there working and of course not interacting with

Lock down has meant creativity for our family, the 3 boys who are used to adventuring outside wanted to still spend time outside while acting responsibly and following rules. Below is a list of creative things we done to keep
us entertained, some of the list obviously was when we where on slightly relaxed rules (Level 2/3)

Our top 3 Adventure lock down activities where:

3) Dog walking
So taking the dog a walk is not always an adventure, but with a little planning and the scan of a map it can be for both you and your four legged companion.
We have explored of every woodland path there is in walking distance of a 5 year old. This would
always start from the house, filling the rucksack with goody’s and spare warm clothes because Scotland. I would try hard to make sure we were
bypassing a coffee shop keeps the adults happy. The aim of the walk was to find somewhere we
haven’t been before even if it means walking over muddy fields, or scrambling
up hills. The dog would lead normally with my 5 year old and we would follow, a few times I would
make a scavenger list to entertain us. Carrying sticks, stones and leaves and pointing out animals and
trees where all on our list. I would try and pass over some of my knowledge and then google the rest
to keep interesting facts (Well not always interesting but passes the time). Although its not one of
our more adventurous adventures such as Canoeing or camping this has been one of the easiest and
has helped us get through a lot of the lock down days.

2) Hill walking (Pentland hills)

We are lucky to live next to the Pentland hills, this is a large group of hills that surround the south of
Edinburgh. This involves a little more packing and preparing, picnic, waterproofs, first aid kit, spare
clothes just in case, fully charged phone and a map. The map wasn’t really used as I know these
routes but is good to get the kids looking at maps to learn. Letting the kids lead up what must seem
like Everest sometimes with tornados (wind and rain) or through quick sand (Bog) is a proper
adventure. Then getting to the top and having that achievement of seeing everything so tiny like
ants. One of the best things for me was that for sure the house is completely quiet bed time isn’t
madness as there little legs are already asleep.

  1. Canoeing (Union Canal)

We have been lucky to be able to access canoes and paddle boards (these can be hired from lots of places). The
canal is a great place to go with small kids and provides a great space to learn so when we are aloud
we can get out on rivers for a big adventure. Playing pirates and stopping at the little island to take it
over is great fun. Because we don’t do this all the time as soon as I
mention it the boys go wild, getting the canoes, paddles, buoyancy aids and other equipment then
driving to the venue all be it a 10 minute drive feels like an adventure itself. Deciding who’s in what boat and then getting in the boats can be slightly stressful but once we get going you totally forget
there’s a pandemic. Heading east on the canal is very relaxing some nice views and wild life.
These adventures are just a few of our favourite and just some of the adventures that have helped
get through lockdown.

We at Intrepidus Outdoors are an adventure tourism and outdoor education provider based in Edinburgh. We specialise in canyoningcoasteering,  hill walking and the 3 Peaks Challenge 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:

  • For adventures for kids and families check our our sister company MY Adventure: here
  • Adidas Terrex Canyon Boot Review: here
  • Seland Verdon Wetsuit Review: here
  • Top 10 canyons in Edinburgh: here
  • For the Duke of Edinburgh Award: here
  • The best hotels and hostels in Edinburgh: here
  • Hen Party Adventures Edinburgh: here
  • Stag Party Outdoor Adventures Edinburgh Essentials: here
  • SUP, A Buying Guide: here

If you haven’t already seen it, check out the our  Trip AdvisorYoutube channelVisit Scotland page and blog to hear about how others found their outdoor adventures with us! Equally, if there is any gear that you would like us to review, drop us a DM.

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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