Outdoor Activities in the Highlands

The Highlands of Scotland is a wonderful outdoor adventure playground – the entire region is a haven for outdoor activities and adventure sports, from walking to water sports, skiing to mountain biking.  And all set in the most stunning, unspoilt corner of the UK.

Such is the width and diversity of the adventure activities available in the region that all Gael Holiday Homes accommodation are ideally situated for taking advantage of what’s on offer. Suffice to say that wherever you decide to travel to there will be plenty things to do be it on land, in the sea or in the air.

The jewel in the crown is the Cairngorms National Park; its rolling, heather-clad mountains synonymous with fun.  Containing some of the most challenging and interesting terrain anywhere in the UK, the Cairngorms are a magnet for thrill seekers wishing to test themselves hill climbing, trekking or simply walking and enjoying the unparalleled scenery.  Winter also proves a big draw when the first falls of snow herald the start of the skiing and snowboarding season.

Mountain biking is another sport that has really taken off in a big way in the Highlands.  Fort William regularly hosts World Cup events and there are literally dozens of well laid out mountain bike trails to spike the interest of all level of riders on rugged hills and forests that will literally, and metaphorically, take your breath away.  Find out more about routes and cycling friendly accommodation in the Highlands.

But if pedalling is too much like hard work there are also quad biking and 4×4 tours that will get you off the beaten with a lot less effort.

The other landmark feature of the Highlands is its lochs and rivers that are well suited for a wide range of watersports including white water rafting, canyoning and gorge walking as well as kayaking and sailing.

A large plus point is the fact that an outdoor adventure and activity holiday can be designed to suit everyone: from families with younger children right through to adrenaline junkies and couples in search of a new challenging active pursuit.  Whether it be cycling or a round of golf, you are sure to find the right activity for your weekend break or holiday in the north of Scotland.

It should be noted that not all outdoor sports and activities are high-energy, adrenaline-fuelled rushes. Regardless of age and fitness levels there will almost certainly be outdoor activities in the Highlands that you can pursue in a dramatic backdrop.

Indeed, the phrase, “The Great Outdoors”, may well have been coined with the Scottish Highlands in mind.  Browse our range of self-catering accommodation and find the perfect base for your activity holiday.