Our first Scottish canyoning Adventure!

Read about Sally and Sam’s first Scottish canyoning adventure on a visit to Edinburgh!

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Intrepidus Outdoors is an outdoor activities and adventure tourism provider based in Edinburgh, Scotland. We specialise in outdoor activities such as canyoning, mountain biking and coasteering and deliver these across Scotland and the North of England.

Sally and Sam’s first Scottish canyoning adventure

Me and my boyfriend were up in Scotland, Edinburgh on a city break. After exhausting all of the usual tourist attractions of castles and dungeons, we were in search of an adrenalin-fueled adventure to really make our holiday perfect! After scouring the internet, we found Intrepidus Outdoors that really stood out from the crowd. Their activities such as coasteering, canyoning and mountain biking were exactly what we were looking for and their excellent TripAdvisor reviews and amazing youtube videos had us sold.

Abseiling the first big waterfall in the Dollar canyon, Edinburgh | Scotland

Abseiling the first big waterfall in the Dollar canyon

We booked a last minute canyoning adventure with Intrepidus Outdoors and the next day Ross collected us from our accommodation in a fancy mini-bus, and our adventure began. As we had done some research on canyoning and read about other peoples experience, we kind of new what to expect. However we were still nervous – Ross immediately put us at ease and it was clear that he was extremely experienced and we were clearly in safe hands.

When we arrived at Dollar Canyon which was only a short drive from Edinburgh. We changed into our canyoning equipment and listened to the safety briefing, this is when the prospect of what we were about to embark on really hit us! Ross thoroughly explained how the ropes and the carabineers worked and we were able to practise the process of abseiling in the safety of the car park.  Then we set off on a short walk to the top of the canyon getting glimpses of what we would soon be jumping, sliding, zip wiring and abseiling through. My heart was pounding!

A awesome experience sliding down a waterfall in the Dollar canyon Edinburgh

The first waterslide into the Dollar canyon

Splash!! Before we knew it, we had just slid down a mini-waterfall into a plunge pool, it was a perfect waterslide into the clearest water I have ever seen. For somebody that usually feels the cold, the excellent wetsuits resulted in us barely noticing that we had just been swimming about in Scottish mountain water.  We continued down the canyon and traversed over a rocky section until we reached an enclosed drop which was one of the most amazing things I have ever seen. This crazy but amazing situation got even better as we were clipped onto a zip line that took us over this waterfall, it was surreal!

Speeding down the zip line in the dollar canyon Edinburgh

The Zip-line in the Dollar Canyon, Edinburgh

After a few more jumps and slides we were starting to sense the larger waterfall that we had got glimpses of from the path. We were correct, Ross explained that this section is split into two abseils, one smaller which would be done first and then a larger (17m) abseil.  It was at this point, that Ross gave us a clear re-run of how to abseil, answering as many questions as we wanted, repeating things numerous times to ease our nerves. After holding it together down the first, shorter descent, we were now looking down at a 17m vertical drop with a waterfall cascading down between the rocks.  The only option was to keep going!!! After another quick pep talk from Ross, one at a time, we made our way down one of the most insane things I have ever-seen, let alone abseiled down. To look back up at where we had just been was an extremely satisfying feeling. The sheer verticalness, the thousands of gallons of rushing water crashing into the pool below was an achievement that I am so proud of.

We had no previous experience in an outdoor adventurous activity such as this, however it leaves you wanting more and in the capable hands of the Intrepidus Outdoors team I am sure that he could guide anybody down a canyon. What an adventure, we can’t wait to go again!

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The 17 meter abseil in the Dollar Canyon | Edinburgh

The 17 meter abseil in the Dollar Canyon | 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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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