Scotland is the ideal destination for those who are fond of outdoor adventures. Scotland’s rugged coastline, forests, lochs, mountains and wild, open terrain make it one great big adventure playground. Our Land Rover campers and VW campervans are the perfect vehicles for a holiday packed full of outdoor adventures in Scotland. Pick up one of our campervans and you can head pretty much anywhere, to do pretty much any outdoor pursuit. We’ve put together a bit of information and advice on some of the most popular outdoor activities. If you need any advice on itineraries take a look at some of our suggested road trips or get in touch and we’ll be happy to advise.
Mountain Biking in Scotland
Whether you are an experienced mountain biker or just want to ride for a couple of hours, Scotland has mountain biking routes and facilities for all abilities. There are hundreds of natural routes and wild biking trails accessible to mountain bikers throughout Scotland, as well as world class biking centres with a range of facilities and rides of different levels. You can find more information about mountain bike routes and centres on the Visit Scotland website or from the Foresty Commission who manage much of the land on which many of the trails can be found.
All our vans (except Duncan) can be fitted with bike racks (on request) which we provide free of charge. We can also recommend bike hire places nearby if you wanted to hire a bike for your holiday, rather than bring your own with you. Most of the major towns also have bike hire centres with bikes suitable for the terrain if you only wish to hire for a day or two.
Wild Swimming in Scotland
If you are a fan of watery outdoor adventures you can pop a wet suit on and swim where you like. Or for the really adventurous (and hardy!) take a skinny dip in a loch if you are camping somewhere glorious and without neighbours.
There are a number of clubs and gatherings for wild swimmers if you’d like some company. However if you do head off for a natural dip without someone waiting on shore for you then do remember to leave a note on the dashboard saying what you are up to and what time you left….just in case you get into difficulties.
Watersports in Scotland
With our our many lochs, rivers and long coastline, Scotland is the perfect destination for lovers of watersports. You can choose from canoeing, kayaking, paddleboarding, windsurfing, surfing, white water rafting, water skiing, wake boarding, sailing or simply swimming. Wild swimming is a popular sport as there are an abundance of quiet spots where you can have the water and the beautiful scenery to yourself.
Adrenaline sports and activities
For adrenaline junkies, or simply to tire the kids out for a bit, you can find a host of exciting activities available in all areas of Scotland. Scotland’s wild and rugged landscape is perfectly suited for gorge walking, canyoning, white water rafting and coasteering. Just over an hour from our base you can even have a go at bungee jumping with a 40m jump from the Garry Bridge.
Increasingly popular with big kids and little kids alike are tree top trails and zip wires, where you can get a view of the Scottish landscape like no other. Go Ape has centres at Aberfoyle, Crathes in Aberdeenshire and Glentress Forest. Zip Trek Park in Aviemore will give you a tree top view of the Cairngorms. Also in Aviemore is TreeZone for over 8’s. The company also has a site at Loch Lomond. Whilst the Craufurdland Estate has family friendly tree top trails, with one suitable for children as young as 5.
Surfing in Scotland
The northern most coast frequently hosts the National Surfing Contest in Thurso. There is also surfing on the West Coast especially off Tiree and Islay (wind surfing too) and on the East coast, Pease Bay. All areas and more offer surfing lessons and provide all the required kit.
Scotland’s waves are at their best in winter, and can hit 12 feet in Thurso, but the short days and temperatures mean that surfing in Scotland at this time is not for the faint hearted. September, October and November can see better weather and good swells so surfing in Scotland is becoming increasingly popular during these months. The best surfing in the Summer is usually found in the Hebrides but the best weather means its a great time to try surfing for the first time. Spring time can be hit and miss. Hiring a campervan is a great option for surfers, you have the independence and the wheels to head to wherever the waves are best. For further information on surfing in Scotland try the Scottish Surfing Federation.
Yes, it is possible to ski in Scotland….as long as it snows!!! The Glenshee slopes have a snow machine which means that unless it is pouring with rain, the slopes are open. From Edinburgh and Glasgow most people just call the slopes the night before, get up with the lark (in the dark) and head north to the area most likely to have a good covering. The Cairngorms, The Nevis Range, Glenshee and the Lecht are popular. You can hire everything you need when you get there as well as an instructor! On a sunny day when the mountains are snow covered you really couldn’t ski in more beautiful scenery.
Because the snow can be unpredictable in Scotland, if you want to ski here, hiring a campervan is a great choice. You don’t have to book into a resort in advance and risk disappointment. WIth a van, if you get lucky with the weather, you can just head up to the slopes, and if not, you have the freedom to head off somewhere else. As the five resorts are less than 100 miles apart, you can drive between them very easily. You can find out more about skiing in Scotland here.
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