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POSTED BY April 21, 2022

Are you thinking about planning your next vacation? Want to take up some outdoor challenges, want a little adrenaline rush? In this post, we list the top 10 outdoor activities to do in Scotland for you! 

1. Navigate the Corryvreckan Whirlpool

Located between the islands of Jura and Scarba, the Strait of Corryvreckan is known for the current caused by the tides.

The tides make the Gulf of Corryvrekan the 3rd biggest whirlpool of the world. The place is remarkable, and worth a look.

Excursions from March to October.

2. Try to spot Nessie in Loch Ness

The Loch Ness Monster is a must see (if you can spot her)! This legendary attraction therefore has to be part of our ranking of the best outdoor activities in Scotland.

Myths and legends around Nessie are still on the rise. And you won’t be the only ones trying to spot the creature on the shores of Loch Ness !

You also have the opportunity to discover the Highlands and walk the entire shores of Loch Ness to our Great Glen Way hiking tours!

Also read our post on the The Great Glen Way – 8 Trail Highlights

Views while hiking the Great Glen Way

3. Swim with basking sharks in the Inner Hebrides

See sharks up close… would you like to do it?

In the waters surrounding the Inner Hebrides, you can swimsnorkel or kayak with basking sharks.

You can also enjoy the presence of seals and other native marine animals, or just enjoy a boat trip.

Excursions from April to October.

4. Sled dog in the Cairngorms

Dog sled rides are not just for the snowiest parts of the world!

From the town of Aviemore, go on the forest paths with your huskies! The sleds are on wheels, so the activity is practiced all year round!

5. Climb Mount Liathach

Located in the Highlands, this majestic mountain rises to 1054 meters. For many climbers and hikers, Liathach is Scotland’s most beautiful mountain.

Breathtaking landscapes will reward the courageous walkers who reach its summit. If you love the great outdoors, Mount Liathach is one of the best things to do in Scotland!

6. Wakeboard on Loch Lomond

Wakeboarding on one of Scotland’s most beautiful lakes, anyone?

Loch Lomond Water Sports Center offers wakeboardingwakesurfing and water skiing lessons. You can also practice kayaking or stand-up paddle there.

The waters of Loch Lomond are always calm  so this is the perfect place to try your hand at water sports!

You can also take the opportunity to discover this region thanks to our hiking tours on the West Highland Way.

Also check out our post on West Highland Way: Images To Inspire

West Highland Way Hillwalk Tours Ltd.
Views over Loch Lomond on the West Highland Way

7. Watch the Northern Lights over the Shetland Islands

Known locally as the ‘Mirrie dancers‘, the Northern Lights can be seen from Scotland.

You will have a good chance of being able to contemplate this incredible spectacle in the north of the country – especially in Shetland, due to its geographical location.

For the Northern Lights forecast in the region, see: https://aurorawatch.lancs.ac.uk/shetland/

8. Get lost in the mountains of Glencoe

Glencoe is one of the best places in Britain for hiking. The walking routes are endless.

Some of the most beautiful peaks in the area: Ben Nevis (the highest peak in Great Britain), The Three Sisters of Glencoe or The Wee Herdsman.

You can also get a great view of Glencoe Valley from the famous Devil’s Staircase on the West Highland Way.

Glencoe from the Devil's Staircase
Glencoe from the Devil’s Staircase, West Highland Way

9. Stroll through the enchanted forest of Pitlochry

Need to bring a little magic into your daily life? Go to Pitlochry!

The magic takes hold of this forest only a few weeks a year, in the fall. So don’t miss the show!

All information here: https://www.enchantedforest.org.uk/

Pitlochry is also the end point of the Rob Roy Way long-distance hiking trail.

Hiking the Rob Roy Way

10. Visit Fingal Cave

Located on the island of Staffa, famous for its geological characteristics similar to the famous Giant’s Causeway in Northern Ireland, the cave of Fingal has inspired many legends. This place also inspired Jules Verne for his novel The Green Ray.

You can admire the astonishing basalt structure from the boat or, if you wish, disembark on Staffa and access the cave on foot.

We hope that you enjoyed this guide to the top 10 outdoor activities in Scotland. If you’re interested in a Scotland walking holiday, just get in touch.