If you’re looking for adventure in the great outdoors, Scotland has so much to offer.
Glasgow has numerous options for urban adventure experiences, including an artificial whitewater course at Pinkston Watersports Centre, Glasgow Wake Park just a short distance from the city centre and mountain bike circuits at Pollok Country Park and Cathkin Braes Country Park.
After experiencing some urban adventure in the city, you may want to take the next step and experience these activities in the wilds of the Scottish Highlands and Islands, off the rugged West Coast or along Central Scotland’s canal network. No matter your activity of choice there will be an experience waiting for you in Scotland’s great outdoors.
Cycling is a great way to take in Scotland's beautiful scenery with many cycling routes and trails throughout the country to enjoy. Whether you are looking for a one-day adventure or a full on cycling holiday, there are lots to choose from.
Forth & Clyde Canal offers great day adventures in Central Scotland, with routes including Glasgow to the engineering wonder, the Falkirk Wheel. If you are looking for more rugged terrain, then there’s the Kintyre Way – a popular route for mountain bikers. And what better way to explore the Scottish Islands than by bike – you can visit 10 Outer Hebridean islands from Vatersay to Lewis by cycling the Hebridean Way.
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Walking and Hill Walking
Getting out in the fresh air for a walk is a great way to explore Scotland and take in some spectacular scenery.
There are walks and trails for all including The Clyde Walkway from Glasgow city centre to New Lanark, which can be undertaken in one go or split into shorter walks.
The West Highland Way starts just north of Glasgow at Milngavie and you can follow the 96 mile route to its finishing point at Gordon Square in Fort William. Along the route you will take in some of Scotland’s most breathtaking views, including Loch Lomond, Ben Lomond, the Rannoch Moor, Glencoe and Glen Nevis. Whether camping, glamping or hostelling; carrying your own gear or getting a company to transport it to your next stop; the scenery will be spectacular no matter how you tackle the route!
Ben Lomond, overlooking Loch Lomond, is Scotland’s most southerly Munro. It is popular with first-time ‘Munro-baggers’ and is highly accessible from Glasgow as the start point of Rowardennan is only an hour’s drive away. If you want to reach a higher summit (in fact the highest mountain in the UK) then Ben Nevis, close to Fort William, is the Munro for you.
Watersports and Sailing
Scotland offers sailing and watersport enthusiasts a lot of choice, whether that be on the open-seas, in a loch or a canal.
Located nearby to Glasgow, both Strathclyde Country Park and Loch Lomond offer a variety of water-based activities including open-water swimming, paddle boarding, kayaking, rowing, sailing and much more. They are also both set to be venues at Glasgow 2018 European Championships.
The canal networks across Scotland are well used by walkers and cyclists, as well as by those seeking water based activities. Connecting Glasgow and Edinburgh, the Forth and Clyde Canal has a canoe trail, meaning you can canoe between Scotland’s two largest cities!
If sailing on the open waters is your thing, you can set sail off the West Coast and explore the coastline and coastal towns as well as the Islands.
For more inspiration on Scotland's great outdoors, VisitScotland has all the information you need to start planning your Scottish adventure.