Air, Land And Sea Adventures
When it comes to outdoor activities, you can't do better than Scotland.
The country may be small, but its rugged coastline, sweeping beaches, enchanting forests and towering mountains offer endless adventures, from aerial assault courses and archery to yachting, zorbing and much more. Be it on land, at sea or in the air, adventure awaits around every corner!
Check out some of our favourite activities below, or find inspiration for your next big adventure at visitscotland.com/active
Hot air ballooning
Soak up the sights of Scotland's gorgeous landscapes and striking castles on an unforgettable hot air balloon trip; you'll find launch sites in the Scottish Borders, Perthshire, Fife and various other regions, each offering amazing experiences with spectacular views. Check out the Strathaven Balloon Festival from 28 30 August, where you'll see the unique sight of dozens of colourful orbs soaring into the air.
Feeling brave? Add a healthy dose of adrenaline to those breathtaking vistas on a skydiving trip! There are several companies offering fun and safe parachute jumps in Perthshire and other parts of central Scotland. If the thought of a solo jump leaves you feeling dizzy, opt for a tandem: you'll be firmly attached to an experienced professional, who'll navigate you back to earth without a bump.
Another one for the adrenaline-thirsty, bungee jumping is truly a unique experience though after your first jump, you might well find yourself hooked! Try an urban bungee jump in Glasgow, or head to Perthshire to take in views of verdant glens and forests before you take a thrilling (but very safe) leap towards the ground.
Scotland's rugged landscapes are a natural playground for mountain bikers, and not just the daredevil Danny MacAskill types! The majority of centres offer tracks and trails for a wide range of abilities, meaning even total beginners can have a go. Start off with the excellent tracks in Glentress Forest or other trails before graduating to more taxing mountain routes.
Also known as sphereing or globe-riding, zorbing lets you whizz down tracks or through hills strapped into an air cushioned plastic orb. It's not unlike being in a giant inflatable hamster ball, but at much faster speeds than your beloved pet ever managed. If tumbling down a hill at top speed doesn't take your fancy, try water zorbing over a loch it's the only water sport where you won't get wet!
Speed across the sands in a land yacht, a three-wheeled vehicle rather like a recumbent tricycle powered by a sail. Despite its name, no sailing experience is required. All that's needed is an appetite for fun and a bit of a competitive edge it is a racing sport, after all! You'll find providers offering sessions on beaches in Fife, Angus, East Lothian and several other spots.
Not just the domain of sun-kissed Australians and Californians, surfing is fast gaining popularity with Scots and their visitors. Lewis, Harris and the coast around Caithness are hotspots for the watersport due to the strong swells coming in from the Atlantic, while further south you can ride the waves by Dunbar in East Lothian, off the Isle of Tiree and several other locations.
Something of a celeb trend Jennifer Aniston and Julia Roberts are amongst its famous fans stand-up paddleboarding (or SUP) originated in Hawaii and is now the world's fastest-growing sport. It's a great activity for relaxed types and thrillseekers alike: explore the glittering coastline and charming islands at a leisurely pace, or feed your need for speed as you navigate rapid rivers or ocean swells.
A mashup of water skiing, snowboarding and surfboarding, wakeboarding takes you on a fast-paced trip across the waves, towed by a boat or attached to a cable system. Much like SUP, you'll find providers offering sessions all over the country, be it on loch, canals, along the coast or at specially-built watersports parks. Find one near you and start practising your S-bends and nosegrabs!
Ready to start exploring? Head to visitscotland.com/summer to find more great activities to keep you moving this summer.
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