SCOTLAND

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Thanks to its dramatic scenery with unspoiled wilderness, high mountains, rugged coastlines and idyllic waterways, Scotland is one of the best places to find an excellent choice of thrilling outdoor activities. If you are looking for scenic coastal walking, challenging mountain peaks or taking to the water by canoe or kayak, you will soon discover that being active is the best way to get close to the beautiful nature.

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Thanks to its dramatic scenery with unspoiled wilderness, high mountains, rugged coastlines and idyllic waterways, Scotland is one of the best places to find an excellent choice of thrilling outdoor activities. If you are looking for scenic coastal walking, challenging mountain peaks or taking to the water by canoe or kayak, you will soon discover that being active is the best way to get close to the beautiful nature.

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CANOEING & KAYAKING

Scotland has many waterways and you have a choice between sea, lake, loch or river all across the country. Further, you will also be able to choose your prefered paddle - from sea kayaking, open canoeing, family kayaking or wild water challenges, there are many ways to explore the calm waters and the beautiful scenery. Inverness, the river Tay, Argyll or the Western Islands all make for great locations to take to the waters in a gentle way.

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MOUNTAIN BIKING

With a breath-taking landscape made of hills, glens and forests, Scotland is a perfect place for mountain biking. You can choose from purpose-built fun trails, challenging wilderness routes with steep climbs and thrilling descents or introductory trails for families and beginners through forest parks and trail sites. You will find fantastic mountain biking trails at Glentress in Southern Scotland, Glenlivet and the Nevis range or around Aviemore.

WHITE WATER RAFTING

If you are looking for some challenging fun on some of Scotland's thrilling rivers, drops and ravines, white water rafting offers a fun wild adventure to tackle the wild waters and it can be enjoyed all year round. Cairngorms National Park, River Tay, River Garry outside Fort William or the Western Highlands are all great spots to get wet and wild.

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GORGE WALKING, CANYONING & COASTEERING

Walk along clearwater river beds, scramble up slippery rocks, abseil from cliffs edges, plunge into the cool waters or slide down the natural fumes, there is hardly a more fun and thrill-seeking way to explore some of Scotland’s exciting wild waters while enjoying the stunning glens and dramatic coastlines. Gorge walking, canyoning and coasteering are all great adventures to enjoy with the whole family or a group of friends all year round. Aviemore, Oban, Fort William or Perthshire all make for wonderful natural playgrounds with rugged landscapes, coastlines and rashing rivers.

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SURFING

The extensive coastline with its golden sandy beaches, long coastlines and beautiful clear waters make Scotland a wonderful surfing destination. If you chose to test the waves in the Atlantic or the North Sea, along the mainland coast or from the Scottish islands, you are guaranteed to catch some great waves.The northerly tip of mainland Scotland, the Isle of Tiree, Islay or Kintyre peninsula are among some of the world-class spots for surfing. Autumn and early winter is the best time to encounter consistent waves and there are many surfing spots suited for all levels.

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WINTER SPORTS

The five Scottish skiing resorts offer skiing and snowboarding opportunities for snow enthusiasts of all ages and levels. You will find a solid infrastructure with marked pistes and lifts, off piste opportunities and a choice of other winter sports, such as skimo, Nordic skiing, sledging or Telemark skiing. Cairngorms National Park, the Nevis Range, Glencoe or Glenshee all provide excellent and easily accessible skiing and snowboarding conditions to enjoy over the winter months.

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OTHER EXPERIENCES

Scotch Whisky
There are more than 130 active whisky distilleries across Scotland and the number is constantly growing. Scotland can be divided into five main whisky regions - Campbeltown, Highland, Islay, Lowland and Speyside and the unique local conditions of the regions natural ingredients like the quality of water or turf have a great impact on the flavour of each whisky. While Speyside whiskies are known to be sweet and fruity products, Islay whiskies have a smoky and peaty character and Lowlands whiskies come with malty, spicy and floral notes.
Many small distilleries have kept their traditional character since the 18th century and are still using traditional techniques and secrets from the old days. Besides regular distillery tours and visits, you can also enjoy personalized whisky experiences like exclusive tutored tastings, special whisky themed dinners or even whisky cruises! Whatever way you prefer, is it advisable to check out a few experiences and whiskies to find your favourite as every whisky is different and unique.

Castles and Abbeys
Scottish castles are characterised by thick stone walls, small windows and dramatic scenery. Unlike palaces, castles were mostly constructed as fortifications with the main purpose to withhold attacks and to protect its residents. Scotland’s castles are scattered all over the country, many of them in ruins, but you will also find some well-preserved places.
Castles and abbeys alike are a window into Scotland’s past. Some date back as far as the 13th century and stood through clan rivalries and invasions. More than 20 religious houses were founded during the reign of David in the 12th century, a quarter of which can be found in the Border region. Most of the abbeys now lay in ruins, but were once powerful institutions with impressive buildings.

Wildlife watching
If you are looking at observing birds at dawn, spot some rare eagles or race some nosy dolphins in the open sea - Scotland offers some amazing opportunities to get close to some of its amazing wildlife. Cairngorms and Loch Lomonds & The Trossachs National Parks are beautiful wild habitats for a wide range of animals, including deer, squirrels or wildcats. Along the coast, you can be lucky to encounter seals, puffins, dolphins and whales.

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