Whether you are hoping to spot the Loch Ness Monster, looking for an extreme adrenaline rush, or maybe you want to propose to your other half under "unusual circumstances", then Scotland's spectacular natural playground will not disappoint! For those of you who love adventure in the outdoors, the only problem you'll have with Scotland is the fact that you could easily find yourself addicted. Impatient for that adrenaline rush, don't worry here are five of the many fun outdoor adventures you can experience in Scotland.
In winter skiers and snowboarders can find some of Europe's most glorious and challenging routes in Scotland. There are five different ski resorts, geared up for beginners and experienced skiers and snowboarders, plus you can try snowshoeing or snowtubing. Feel the buzz in the heady surroundings of the dramatic Scottish mountains.
Out of the five resorts, it is often the case that Aviemore has the best snow, although at the Nevis Range, Fort Williams has a better infrastructure. However regardless of where you decide to head, weekends with the right weather conditions tend to be very busy, so if your lifestyle lets you, go during the week, for your Scottish snow hit. By the way, the après ski can include whisky tours at Aviemore.
Sheer drama and diversity, mountain bikers will love Scotland's adrenaline fuelled routes. It is a mountain biker's paradise. It's no big surprise that is has played host to the World Championship and has been voted the No. 1 mountain biking destination.
Lots of bikers love the Lairig Ghru Mountain Pass, the Sluggan Pass or the Ryvoan Pass. Or on the Isle of Skye there is a seriously tough and technical ride taking you through Glen Slighan. Whilst in the south there are plenty of good mountain biking centres, you may prefer to head off the beaten track.
Go Where? That's a good question, and it's also the name of an adventure taxi service which will take you to a variety of secret and less travelled routes in the wilderness.
Get the adrenaline going and have amazing fun with river bugging on the River Tay and River Tummel, an adventure activity given to us by our Kiwi cousins, which can be enjoyed all year round from the town of Aberfeldy, Perthshire. Pioneered in Scotland by Splash White Water Rafting, who offer tuition with their expert river bug guides, this activity involves being strapped into a one person raft which is like a giant inflatable armchair.
After instruction, you'll be let loose with your own webbed gloves and short flippers, to negotiate a path down through the white water rapids. After the thrills are over, you can see professional photos of your day on the Splash website, which you can download and keep free of charge. Cost for a half day is currently £60pp.
Suited to strong swimmers, with a head for heights – by the way, it's not a bad idea to bring a change of clothes.
Explore the wide range of Scotland's waterways in a Canadian canoe. These open canoes are perfect for a couple's adventure of exploring the sea lochs, whitewater rivers or over 800 islands that Scotland has to offer.
Enjoy the buzz and the spectacular scenery, as you try and your partner try to connect between the waterways, or find one of the 800 or so islands.
Craving a couples adrenaline rush experience? Scotland has numerous great quad biking sites which offer gorgeous scenery as well as high adrenaline excitement. Although quads were originally made for landowners and farmers, nowadays quad bikes offer one of the most fun and exciting ways to have off the road exploration and adventure.
Before you start off, you will get expert instruction for a qualified trainer. Then it's time to go and navigate the varied terrain, and maybe even pop the question!
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