Blessed with a unique natural playground and a wealth of adventure activities, Scotland has every right to be proud of its status as Europe's Adventure Capital. Scotland's landscape has had a helping hand in creating a unique adventure destination. The spectacular natural environment majors on beauty so adventure seekers will find a host of exciting activities in the dramatic mountains, rolling hills, picturesque forestry, rugged coastlines and fast-flowing rivers.
The ultimate adrenaline rush
Many adventure seekers come to Scotland to enjoy the thrills of the country's famous white water rivers. From the more easily navigable rapids of the River Tay, near Aberfeldy, Perthshire, to a full-on day's outing on the truly spectacular River Findhorn that rushes through granite cliffs near Aviemore in the Highlands, there is a white water rafting trip to suit all aspirations. If you can tear your eyes from the water then the riverside scenery is eye-candy for the soul.
Perthshire-based Splash White Water Rafting is the only provider of river bugging in Europe offering guided group outings on the rivers Tay, Tummel and Feshie. Aboard solo armchair-style inflatable bugs, participants have fun bumping their way down white water and between rocks. Canyoning is also on many adventurers' must-do list. In Scotland several awe-inspiring gorges, including Bruar Falls in Perthshire and Inchree Falls, south of Fort William, lined with lush greenery and filled with waterfalls and plunge pools provide the perfect playgrounds for the excitement of descending tumultuous waterfalls and cliff jumps.
Find out what happened when our brave travel writer Robin McKelvie had a go at some very adventurous sports in Perthshire last aumtumn in our Grab a Glen travel diary.
Tough and technical
While mountain biking centres such as the 7stanes network in the South of Scotland, Laggan Wolftrax, near Newtonmore, and Nevis Range at Fort William are hugely popular, many adventure enthusiasts are discovering more off-the-beaten-track rides. The tough and technical ride through Glen Slighan on the Isle of Skye is a regular vote winner, while the Cairngorms offers the acclaimed Ryvoan Pass, Sluggan Pass and Lairig Ghru Mountain Pass.
If you are looking for other ideas and a lift to your ultimate mountain biking route then try the unique adventure taxi service, Go Where. The service is created to take riders to a range of secret, much-less-travelled wilderness routes with minimum logistical fuss.
Read more about mountain biking with Grab a Glen.
Thrilling snow adventures
Come winter and the adventure-seeker in Scotland is likely to be found skiing and snowboarding on some of Europe's finest and most challenging routes, such as the Lemming Ridge, Coire Dubh. A world of backcountry discovery also awaits at Cairngorm. Here you can 'feel the heel' on a rewarding cross-country skiing adventure. A challenging yet scenically rewarding outing includes an ascent of Cairngorm and Ben MacDui before a spirit lifting descent via Lurcher's Gully.
Whatever time of year you decide to visit, you'll find that Scotland's adventure playground is so addictive you'll come back for more time and time again.
Please check out our new active brochure here.