Tourism is one of our biggest boons here in Scotland.
Thousands of Scottish people rely on the tourism industry in order to make a living, whether that be in the hospitality sector; the award-winning restaurants and hotels that make a Scottish stay so comfortable, or the more outlandish enterprises that capitalise on the abundance of natural beauty that can be found here. Whilst millions travel to Scotland every year to visit iconic cities such as Edinburgh, Glasgow and Inverness, millions more come here to soak up the natural splendour that can be found out in the wilderness.
Although there are only two national parks in Scotland, much of our land is uninhabited and undeveloped, creating large tracts of rugged wilderness that are ripe for exploration. Experienced hikers and adventurers will get quite the kick out of venturing into the wilds of Scotland in groups, but those who are a little less intrepid might prefer to have some guidance, especially if they’re eager to take part in an adventurous activity.
There are dozens of businesses across Scotland who have specialised in providing a fun and safe outdoor activities experience for newcomers and experienced adventurers alike. These companies have worked hard to earn their certifications, insure themselves and build a solid reputation within their industry and, in doing so, have made themselves a credit to Scotland and its tourism industry.
The following businesses are completely independent and have proved themselves in their industry:
Rockhopper Sea Kayaking
The instructors at Rockhopper have years of experience in taking groups out into the ocean and, thanks to their close proximity to Lochaber, there are miles of beautiful coastline to discover whilst you get to grips with your kayak. The small team take half and full day trips out to the Sound of Arisaig, Glen Coe, Loch Moidar and Loch Eil to name a few and are happy to accommodate single travellers or larger groups. Contact them through their site for the best prices.
Skymonster Kitesurfing School
Having set up their kitesurf, SUP and wakeboard store back in 2004, the team at Skymonster have been busy establishing themselves as key players in the Scottish watersports scenes. Thanks to their links with surf scenes throughout the country, they are able to offer 1 or 2 day kitesurfing courses that cover the theory and safety training necessary to make you proficient in this exciting watersport. A 1 day course with a IKO qualified trainer is £150, a 2 day course is £250 with lessons taking place across east and west coast.
Ice Factor – The National Ice Climbing Centre
Any Scottish climber worth their salt will know about Ice Factor, it’s a one of a kind Mecca for climbers featuring plenty of artificial climbing routes, bouldering walls and, most importantly, a 12m high wall of real snow and ice. Ice climbing has always been one of the more dangerous activities to undertake, even experienced climbers can struggle when attempting to grapple with this new terrain for the first time. Ice Factor’s ice wall, made up of 500 tonnes of real ice and snow, gives climbers the chance to get some much needed practice before trying the real thing.
Whilst some businesses have made a name for themselves by specialising in one particular outdoor pursuit, the team at Activity Scotland have taken a different approach. The sheer breadth of activities that this business have on offer has to be seen to be believed, with experiences including bungee jumping, paintballing, 4×4 driving, rage buggies, watersports and even rifle shooting available for groups and individuals. Their site has all the information you need to get an adventurous holiday in the highland organised.