Bucket List Adventures Scotland
Ah the New Year. A time of new resolutions.
A time to wipe a slate full of 2018’s disappointments clean and face the future with unguarded optimism, knowing that 2019 may just be YOUR YEAR. And so comes the burst of enthusiasm for trying new things, from jumping on the non-dairy, non-meat-eating Veganary bandwagon to Cauli-mania (a movement that believes that everything can be replaced by cauliflower..think pizza bases, mashed potato etc).
A change is as good as a rest as they say, and so to the ever popular ‘variety is the spice of life’. We need change, we need challenge and that we find in stepping outside our comfort zones and doing something new. So let’s take a leap, and find that something new to do in Scotland, a Bucket List of Adventures to start 2019 in the spirit we mean to go on with: optimism, experience and living our best life.
Bungee Jumping can be traced back to traditional rituals of the Pacific Islands, however the birth of modern Bungee is credited to AJ Hackett, a New Zealander that commercialised what is now considered a must-do for any adventurer. But you needn’t go to New Zealand, not when Highland Fling Bungee have two breathtaking locations from which you can plunge headfirst into, before bouncing back up, seeing Scotland’s iconic scenery from a whole new perspective. It is the most awesome adrenaline experience Scotland has to offer in the most spectacular locations, on the banks of the Perthshire River Garry, and the Titan Crane in Glasgow.
Near to the famous site of the Battle of Killiecrankie, perched above a dramatic gorge framed by ancient trees where the River Garry flows below, you will find the UK’s first static specially constructed bungee jump platform. Near Pitlochry in Highland Perthshire, this unique experience is for anyone with a sense of adventure. A safe and unforgettable adrenaline packed experience using the latest technology and safety equipment, led by experienced, qualified Bungee Jump Masters. Jumping a height of 40 meters over water, falling at a speed of 50mph for a few unmissable seconds of heart-thumping excitement. You can book online, and best of all, it’s open all year round, the only the only bungee experience of its kind in the UK that is. Alternatively, if you fancy a freefall 50 metres from the cantilever of an A-Listed crane then head for The Titan Crane Bungee in Clydebank. With the mighty River Clyde 164 feet below this is thrill not to be missed! Scotland’s second permanent bungee jump is open on select weekends from May to September Glasgow, booking is essential, and is operated from Titan Crane Clydebank Visitor’s Centre. So, why not go for it? Bungee jumping is a personal challenge, an exploration of limits. An experiment with gravity. Great, exhilarating, safe fun.
What better way to explore the dramatic and wilderness of the West Coast of Scotland and its abundance of wildlife than by cruising the waters? Sea Wild Scotland have been cruising the deep blue and black waters around the Isle of Mull for over 30 years and now specialise in private charters. Whether you’re a researcher, a photographer, an island-bagger or just looking for something to make your holiday extra special it is worth keeping this helpful company in mind. Some of their trips, to name a few, have involved nature research, private wildlife and whale watching day cruises, a fully catered 3-day cruise around the Inner Hebrides and even private photography trips. What better way to immerse yourself in the beauty of the Scottish coast and see sights you have always wanted to see? Simply put, take the opportunity to see the wild land and life of the majestic West Coast of Scotland. It is hard to beat.
Fly in a hot air balloon for a truly unforgettable experience like no other. Enjoy breathtaking views, landmarks and the wonder of nature from a new and unique perspective as you take to the skies in a hot air balloon. Rising smoothly and silently towards the clouds, the only noise the occasional burst of the burners, travelling where the wind takes you to wonder at the sights so far below. No other experience offers this unique combination of exhilaration and serenity, as you go up, up and away to drift gently across Scotland’s stunning landscapes at anything up to 5,000 feet. A hot air balloon ride in Scotland is the perfect way to take in incredible landscape views. Hop into a basket and launch from sites in Perthshire and Stirling, such as Auchterarder near Gleneagles where you’ll float over the famous Gleneagles Hotel. There also have locations at Forfar in beautiful Angus and at Crieff in stunning central Scotland. Take in the glorious countryside and even see as far as the famous lochs and Highlands on a once-in-a-lifetime hot air balloon experience. A hot air balloon ride over Scotland from the launch site near Crieff will take you up, up and away over the stunning Perthshire countryside, offering unforgettable views of central Scotland and the Highland Boundary Fault, where the Highlands meet the Lowlands. To the north lies Crieff Golf Course and the country’s oldest distillery, Glenturret. To the south lies the winding River Earn and the village of Muthill, while to the east and west awaits miles of beautiful open countryside. You can be sure of a hot air balloon ride experience that leaves you with incredible memories to last a lifetime, whichever way the wind takes you.
Set within 14 acres of stunning native woodlands situated on the shores of Loch Insh in the heart of the Cairngorms National Park, Loch Insh Outdoor centre offers every sort of outdoor activity that even the most active and adventurous person could wish for! There is something for every type of group, traveller and adventure seeker from water sports and dry land activities in summer to skiing in winter. Surrounded by trees and nestled in cosy corners you’ll discover comfortable B&B and chalet accommodation, the delicious and atmospheric Boathouse restaurant, and exciting children’s adventure play parks. Whether winter or summer, rain or shine, there is something for everyone at Loch Insh. You could try your hand at one of the many “afloat” activities such as paddle boarding and windsurfing if you have good balance, and for the less steady on their sea legs a spot of sailing, kayaking, open canoeing perhaps.
If the sun is shining, how about a morning drift down the beautiful River Spey on a river trip, or for a slower more relaxed pace perhaps turn your hand at a bit of fishing. There is also the opportunity to partake in some raft building if you aren’t concerned about perhaps having a refreshing dip! And for those that prefer land based fun then there is good mix of activities, from cardio-pumping mountain biking to a gentle hike in the surrounding countryside. Keep your focus at the archery range or perhaps try a team building event. If your visit is in the winter then why not enjoy some skiing or snowboarding? There are also private lessons available for groups of up to three people, whether you are a first time beginner or a improving intermediate. A one hour private lesson is an fantastic opportunity to have a lesson tailored perfectly to your abilities, goals and needs. And after all that excitement what better way to unwind with a delicious meal? The Boathouse boasts one of the most spectacular views in the Scottish Highlands, with locally sourced ingredients blended to produce creative menus with home-style cooked food. Fill your glass from a wide selection of drinks and local hand-crafted beer and spirits, resting the wary limbs after an active day. Doors are open from breakfast and lunch through till late serving evening meals. Loch Insh is made for made for sitting with friends, watching the breathtaking views while relaxing with a coffee and perhaps a homemade cake. Watch the sun go down after a perfect day of outdoor fun, relaxed and rejuvenated ready for another day of fun.
Loch Ness is brimming with history, and tales of the world’s shyest monster, and taking to the water you might just spot Nessie. Silently roaming the murky depths, report dated as early as the 6th century claim that a creature swiftly splits the water, revealing its recognisable neck and humps, before vanishing as quickly as it emerges. It’s a familiar tale for lots of visitors to Loch Ness, with the mysteries and myths surrounding Scotland’s most famous legend stretching back hundreds of years. With 23 miles of loch to explore, looking for Nessie is no small task, but worth it for the breathtaking surroundings you pass through on your search.
Loch Ness with its castles, monuments and scenery is second to none with panoramic views that are hard to rival anywhere in the world. You have to sail it to believe it. Jacobite Cruises have four vessels decked out with everything you could need to make sure you can explore the world’s most famous loch in safety and comfort, including serving a range of light snacks, soft drinks, and hot beverages to warm the chilly fingers for above deck viewing! There is even a bar on board should you require a celebration (maybe the rain has stayed away- sláinte!) Take the Clansman Cruise one hour voyage across the deepest, bluest and most mysterious waters of Loch Ness. Stand in the wild wind under the scudding clouds from the top deck and breath in the fresh highland air, whilst treating your eyes to the breathtaking sight of the historic Urquhart Castle. It’s easy to fall in love with the atmospheric beauty of Urquhart Castle which sits on Strone Point, a rocky peninsula on Loch Ness. Written records show that a castle has stood on this site from at least the 13th Century, as a result of an uprising by the people of Moray against King Alexander II. With the rebellion quashed, the King named his son-in-law, Alan Durward, the Lordship of Urquhart, and established a stronghold in the area. It has an interesting history of possession being passed backwards and forwards being the Scottish and English crowns, and anyone with a love of history and ancient, medieval castles should make sure to catch the visitor centre. The Clansman Cruise and Castle tour allows you to hop ashore for an hour to explore Urquhart Castle and its turbulent past.
So there you have it – 5 AWESOME adventures to keep you busy. Let us know of your adventures in Scotland so we can feature them in Part 2 of the Bucket List Adventure series. Why not tie these adventures in with a stay in the area? Visit our WEBSITE for all accommodation options.