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Active Holidays in Scotland

Last updated 3rd January 2017

Kirstie Pelling offers advice on active holidays in Scotland.

Summer is the time for all sorts of outdoor activities. How can a family make the most of exploring a more untouched terrain in the UK?


There aren’t many truly wild parts of the UK left, but you can still get a real taste of adventure in Scotland — especially in the more remote parts where it’s rugged, empty and enchanting. You could try a cycling tour on the more northerly part of Sustrans Route 1, which goes from Inverness to John O’Groats. Stay in Aviemore in the Highlands and explore the Cairngorms National Park, where there are heaps of activities to try. Stay in a traditional B&B or the Hilton Coylumbridge Hotel (doubles rooms from £130), which is a great family-friendly hotel. If you’re up for a bit of splashing, you could try a classic canoe journey on the River Spey or do a tour on Great Glen Canoe trail, a six-day journey from coast to coast. Lots of operators can fit you out with the kit and provide a guide. Take a look at as a starting point.

– Kirstie PellingFamily adventure blogger