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5 breathtaking adventure activities to try in Scotland

There’s no denying it – there’s always an adventure to be had in Scotland. With varied landscapes, miles of endless coastlines and rugged terrains, you might find yourself swinging from the treetops of ancient forests, jumping through cascading waterfalls, or swimming with sharks. And these are just a few of the activities waiting for you.

Unleash your inner explorer with these ideas:

Up high

TreeZone Aerial Adventures, Loch Lomond Shores

TreeZone Aerial Adventures, Loch Lomond Shores

If you’ve got a head for heights, why not admire Scotland’s forests and woodlands from a new perspective? Soar high above the forest with an aerial assault course or walk along the suspended planks at TreeZone near Loch Lomond. Whizz along the zip wire at Craggan Outdoor near Aviemore.






Down below

Image: Divers prepare for descent, Scapa Flow, Orkney

Divers prepare for descent, Scapa Flow, Orkney

Scotland’s mysterious waters are home to everything from tiny creatures living upon sea leaves to larger mammals that glide gracefully through the water. In the north west Highlands, exquisite marine life beckons along Scotland’s first ever Snorkel Trail and in Oban, test your nerve by swimming alongside majestic basking sharks with Basking Shark Scotland. Experienced scuba divers can explore the fascinating shipwrecks in Orkney’s Scapa Flow.




Over the edge

Canyoning at Inchree Falls, Highlands

Canyoning at Inchree Falls, Highlands

If you enjoy scrambling, cliff jumping or leaping into waterfalls, chances are you will relish the opportunity to do some canyoning or coasteering. Soar over rocky edges into flowing springs and rivers, or explore secretive coves, inlets and coastlines. Feel the invigorating force of the water as you are transported downstream. Vertical Descents (in various locations) or Boots n’ Paddles near Inverness both offer exhilarating experiences, as do many other providers across Scotland.




Through the mud

Mountain biker at Glentress Forest, near Peebles

Mountain biker at Glentress Forest, near Peebles

Scotland has plenty of world-class mountain biking routes and centres throughout the country to suit every skill level. You don’t need to be a fitness fanatic to enjoy a forest track or two. The woodland views and exhilarating trails at the 7stanes in the south of Scotland are truly memorable. Helmets on, everyone!





Sub zero

Snow-capped Glen Etive, Highlands

Snow-capped Glen Etive, Highlands

As the air becomes crisper and temperatures dip, Scotland’s jaw-dropping landscapes enjoy added sparkle thanks to snow-capped mountains and frosty lochs. Take the chance to learn all the essential skills for winter climbing and hiking with courses at the Glenmore Lodge. Admire the wintery landscapes on a refreshing stroll or take to the slopes for the Scottish snowsports season at one of the five ski resorts in Scotland.




Remember to stay safe whilst trying any of these activities, and always listen to the advice of the activity providers before heading out.

Of course, these are just a few suggestions. There are many more exciting activities to try in Scotland and you never know – you might find your perfect hobby and end up hooked for life! Check out VisitScotland’s Adrenaline Junkies eBook for more ideas and inspiration.


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