Top 5 Adventure Activities in the Highlands 2021


Adventure activities and adrenaline sports are making a comeback this summer. Too many of us have been cooped up for too long during lockdown and are now looking to experience the excitement of extreme sports and outdoor activities.

If you’re tackling an adventure activity, why not experience it in the majesty of the Highlands? Dramatic scenery is a must for cool sports like bungee jumping, skiing down a mountain, or kayaking up a river.

Get the heart pumping by reading Tartan Adventure’s Top 5 list of Adventure Activities in the Highlands.

1. Kayaking

Kayaking in the Highlands is a great activity for all the family. The great thing about kayaking and canoeing in Scotland is that the activity can range from peaceful paddling on beautiful lochs to more exciting tests down rivers and on the North Sea. So this variety makes kayaking in the Highlands an ideal outdoor pursuit for everyone, no matter their skill level.

You can rent equipment and book kayak tours in the Highlands through Adventure Highland in Inverness. Take guided trips to the River Beauly and Aigas Gorge or tackle the Great Glen Canoe Trail to really take in the stunning landscape of Scotland.

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kayaking in inverness – adventure activities

2. Bungee jumping

Bungee jumping is one of those adventure activities that is as easy as falling off a really, really high log. But, it’s an experience that you’ll remember for the rest of your life, that’s for sure.

If you’d like to experience bungee jumping in the Highlands, you’ll need to head to the beautiful River Garry near Pitlochry in Highland Perthshire. Free-fall 40metres off a platform on the Garry Bridge perched above a spectacular gorge surrounded by ancient trees. You won’t forget this drop in a hurry!

Contact the folks at Highland Fling Bungee for more information and to book your bungee jump.

3. Paragliding

Now, this is an adventure activity that will have the wind rushing through your hair and get the adrenaline pumping. Paragliding is a sport in which you use a wide canopy to glide through the air after dropping from height. It’s like parachuting on purpose!

A company called Beyond Extreme specialises in paragliding and tandem flights and are perfectly placed for paragliding within ​easy reach of Inverness, Aviemore, Loch Ness & Nevis range.

4. Mountain biking

Scotland is famed for its rugged landscapes, and the Highlands has the lion’s share of craggy craic in the country. Get off the beaten track and tackle obstacles, dips and jumps in the ancient forests and on the side of dramatic mountains.

Biking in the Highlands is a great pursuit whether it be mountain biking or just casual road cycling. You’ll see places that the crowds pass by that will make your holiday in the Highlands all the more special.

You can rent mountain bike gear at Ticket To Ride Highlands who even offer one-way rental if you’re tackling the Great Glen way towards Fort William.

If you’re cycling holiday isn’t off-road, why not upgrade your experience from a manual bike to an electric bike? These e-bikes will have you zooming around Inverness and the Highlands like never before – with half the effort! The assisted motor will get you up to speed and at the top of those trying hills and glens before you know it.

You can rent e-bikes in Inverness at Tartan Adventure for your outdoor adventure in the Highlands.

A man standing by his mountain bike looking over Loch Ness on a sunny day

5. Snowboarding and Skiing

The Highlands is by far the best place in the UK for snowboarding and skiing. Whether you’re new to the sports or are a hardened skier, the Highlands has an activity/slope that will suit your ability.

The Cairngorm Mountain Resort is a perfect place for your next skiing holiday. From December right through to April, the resort is a cracking place to learn new abilities on the slope as well as hone your current skills surrounded by the beauty of the Cairngorms. This mountain range has been a haven for winter warriors for generations and the surrounding area is great for accommodation, eating, drinking and has some great local attractions, making a trip to the Cairngorms a holiday in the Highlands a great choice.

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