Scotland has one of the world’s most unique environments and landscapes. It’s the perfect destination for an active holiday all through the year, even in the middle of winter. Scotland boasts spectacular mountains, thousands of miles of stunning coastline and wonderful flowing rivers and lochs. The country is also steeped in rich and exciting history and can offer you a range of adventurous activities to fill your short break with.
Scotland has such a varied landscape that you could fit white water rafting, cycling, surfing and kayaking all into one weekend if you wanted! Below are our top 5 active break around beautiful Scotland.
West Highland Way
The West Highland Way is a 96 mile walk stretching from Milngavie to Fort William in the Highlands. This trail has been specifically designed for keen hill walkers and was opened in October 1980. The path covers a variety of historical attractions such as Conic Hill, the Devil’s Staircase and Ben Nevis and is estimated to take around a week to complete the full trail. This is a great active break for walking enthusiasts but we wouldn’t suggest it for a relaxing family holiday away as large distances need to be covered daily in order to finish the trail.
Cycling in Galloway
Galloway is the perfect location for an active cycling holiday as it houses Scotland’s intriguing Cycle Museum. A Drumlanrig blacksmith named Kirkpatrick Macmillan cycled 60 miles to Glasgow in 1842 on the first ever bicycle, which he himself invented in 1839. The museum is therefore aptly housed in the Drumlanrig Castle located in the Queensberry Estate in Dumfries and Galloway. Anybody can cycle around this area with ease as there are options for beginners’ as well as mountain biking extremists and hundreds of routes are signposted and mapped out for your cycling pleasure.
Surf in Lewis
The Island of Lewis is located in the Outer Hebrides of Scotland and offers some of the best surfing conditions in Europe. The SurfLewis surfing school is located in Stornoway and offers up a surfing experience for complete beginners through to semi-professionals just looking to hire some equipment. Lewis is a fantastic place to discover and has a thriving cultural heritage that they’re delighted to share with tourists.
Kinnaird Woodland Lodges
If you’re looking to combine an activity break in Scotland with a bit of luxury then the Kinnaird Woodland Lodges would be an ideal solution. Spend your days walking through the enchanted woodlands surrounding the property and then spend your evenings curled up by the fire or warming up in your private outdoor hot tub.
Cairngorm sled dog adventures
The only year-round daily working sled dog school in the UK is located in the Cairngorm National Park. The centre is family run and the sled dogs live and work with family in their 300 year old cottage. The ideal time to visit the centre is of course during the winter months when the snow is thick on the ground but it is open for tours year-round. The sport of dog sledding is an unforgettable and fascinating experience and is the perfect active holiday for families and dog-lovers alike.
Scotland offers all the above and much, much more and truly is an incredible place for an active holiday or weekend break. What would be your ideal active holiday in Scotland? Let us know in the comment section below.