Discover luxury adventures in Scotland
Amid Scotland's fantastic landscape there are a host of easy-going activities, such as a dawn wildlife trip, which is ideally suited to offering you a taster of the outdoors. The beauty of being active in Scotland is that many outdoors pursuits can be tailored to suit all aspirations. Bespoke trips or beginner-friendly pursuits offer a gentle, but no less fascinating, venture to new and interesting locations.
Leisurely outdoor pursuits from pony trekking to wildlife watching
Outdoors company Nae Limits has created a Wild and Mild programme, including leisurely pony trekking through rolling Perthshire countryside, Land Rover tours to castles or gardens and seasonal wildlife watching trips.
Indeed, it is the amazing Scottish wildlife that attracts many people to sample the outdoors environment. Many companies accommodate visitors in a comfortable Land Rover or mini bus. Travelling in style, knowledgeable guides take you close to mammals and birds. Some walking in sturdy boots is required but this will be metres rather than miles.
On Mull, a haven for birds of prey, golden plover, twite, raven, otters, dolphins and even whales, companies can tailor leisurely wildlife outings to suit all desires. Read all about wonderful wildlife watching (and other active pursuits) on Mull in last year's Grab a Glen travel diary
In Perthshire, Highland Safaris have launched a muscle-conserving Drop at the Top cycle safari. There's no need to pedal uphill as you and your hire bikes will be transported to the top of Drummond Hill, after which you can cycle downhill and take your time to feast on the splendid views of Loch Tay and into Glenlyon.
Indulge in relaxing water-based activities and soak up Scotland's gorgeous coastline
Sea kayaking can also provide a leisurely introduction to Scotland's coastline. Enjoy a beginners' outing in the beautiful sheltered sea lochs of the Applecross Peninsula, surrounded by spectacular mountain scenery and stunning views. Find out more about sea kayaking with Grab a Glen.
If even this sounds too energetic thentake a trip on a motorised boat in the north-west of Scotland. Experience a true taste of luxury on a scenic evening wildlife tour to spot birds, porpoise, and the occasional otter and whale. Some companies will even welcome you onboard with a glass of wine and canapés as you set off on your voyage!
And after all the fresh air and outdoor fun, you can return to your chosen hotel - perhaps a five-star country house hotel or a country-based boutique-style restaurant with rooms - to chill out in the spa or whisky bar and enjoy a delicious locally sourced dinner for two. Sublime!
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