Scotland as an adventure destination

Have a true adventure in Bonnie Scotland

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Anyone with a need for adventure can find what they want in Scotland. Whether exploring the national parks, climbing looming mountains or kayaking the rivers and lochs, there is plenty to enjoy. Here we take a brief look at some of the best destinations for an adventure holiday in Scotland.

The Cairngorms and Central Highlands

The Cairngorms and Central Highlands of Scotland

The Cairngorms and the Central Highlands is a stunning location, including four of the five highest mountains in Scotland, along with the largest national park in the UK. This makes the area one of the best for a true adventure holiday in Scotland. The sub-arctic plateau offers some of the best hill-walking and mountaineering. Meanwhile, the national park consists of gorgeous glens, forests and pretty lochs, linked by forest trails. This is perfect for hikers and mountain bikers alike.

Loch Ness in Scotland

Meanwhile, Loch Ness is one of the most scenic places to paddle, while one adventure you likely won't have is to meet the Loch Ness Monster! Alternatively, head out on the River Spey by canoe, learning about Scotlandís whisky culture along the way.

The Inner Hebrides and Skye

The Isle of Skye, Scotland

The Isle of Skye dominates the other islands in the Inner Hebrides, with its towering mountains and rugged volcanic rock. This makes the island a perfect place for hikers, bikers and sailors alike. However, each island has its own unique character and attractions. Eigg and Rum are smaller islands, but both offer excellent hiking, while Islay is famous for its whisky and Mull is renowned for its wildlife. Among the wildlife on view are many seabirds, soaring eagles and fascinating marine life.

Beach in the Inner Hebrides

Mountain climbers can experience the towering mountains of Skye, while sailors can enjoy exploring the sea around the coastline of the islands. Among the scenic landscapes, hikers can visit Kilmartin Glen and the Three Standing Stones.

Orkney and Shetland Isles

Head to far-flung Orkney and the Shetland Isles for a truly rewarding experience, surrounded by gorgeous scenery and wildlife. These island groups have a strong Norse influence and a remarkably different cultural experience. The landscapes include beautiful coastlines, backed by rugged cliffs, with huge rock stacks and deep caves to explore. These make for a wonderful backdrop whether hiking, or sea kayaking.

Orkney, Scotland

Meanwhile, the geographic location of the islands makes this a perfect spot for wildlife, including many types of seabirds, as well as less usual flora, like the rare Scottish Primrose. Besides landscapes, plenty of ancient history is found in the many fascinating Neolithic sites throughout the area. Meanwhile, the islanders offer a warm welcome and delicious local food.

Neoliithic standing stones, Scotland

Explore Bonnie Scotland on your next holiday. Take in the beautiful scenery, try your hand at hiking, canoeing and mountaineering, or just relax and enjoy the views.

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