Adventure travel in Scotland

There’s more to Scotland than Haggis and the Loch Ness monster. Home to the highest mountains in Britain and much of its true wilderness, Scotland has a wealth of natural history to explore.

The native species of the red deer and red squirrel can both still be found in abundance in Galloway. Atlantic Salmon return annually to spawn in Scotland’s rivers, which are amongst the best wild salmon fisheries in the world. Sea Trout and wild trout are also to be found in the many locks and rivers. For those not seeking to cast a rod, spectacular views of the salmon battling the current can be gained at places like Philiphaugh Fish Pass or Pitlochry Fish Ladder. Sea life enthusiasts can should head out around the Firths of Tay and Forth to catch views of bottle nosed Dolphins, visible all year round.

Scale the heights in the highlands
Adrenaline junkies can find high rope aerial assault courses in plentiful supply in Scotland. Experience the thrill of Jacob’s Ladder, that is if you can muster the team building skills with other climbers to conquer – centres offering such excitement can be found in Dunphail and Craggan in the Cairngorms. Children of ten and over can participate so this could be one for a thrill seeking family.

Scotland’s weather doesn’t automatically spring to mind as the reason to holiday there. However if you are in to wind powered sports, the near constant Atlantic westerlies along the west coast’s open sandy beaches make it a world class location for the modern sport of power kiting. Hold on to that kite, strap yourself into a buggy and harness the power of the wind to catch serious speed along the sweeping beaches. Head out to sea with your kite to experience the the acrobatics of Kite surfing. Blown Away offer power kiting opportunities in St. Andrews or alternatively head to the Isle of Barra.

There are too many Munros that is, the 284 Scottish mountains above 3000ft, to pick one above the other. They all provide the opportunity to explore Scotland’s unique natural and human geography. Care must be taken to be adequately equipped all year round. Mountain biking took root in the Highlands around Aviemore soon after the sport’s inception in the late 1980’s. Whether its world class routes or gentle trails for beginners, two fat wheels are still spin throughout the country with colour coded routes to be found in Dumfries and Galloway indicating the level of challenge involved. Of course four legs are also good as horse riders are welcome in the areas suitable for hiking and biking.

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