Summertime is all about being outdoors. For those brief few months, the weather makes it ideal to spend as much time out in nature as possible and that is something both you and the kids will be excited about! Scotland is a beautiful backdrop for summer adventures, especially in the Aviemore area near Inverness.
Whether you are looking to do some whitewater rafting, canoeing, rock climbing, biking or hill walking, there are plenty of family-friendly activities that you can enjoy no matter what your skill level.
So, stick the kids bikes in the back of the car and get ready to set out on your own Scotland summer adventures with some of these exciting activities!
Zip Line Park
If zipping down a mountain in a harness, suspended from a wire sounds like your brand of excitement, then this is the place to go. You and your family (age 5 and up) will get to enjoy over 1.5 km of zip lines that zing you past the beautiful scenery at the top of a gorge. The cost is just £25 per person.
White Water Rafting
Getting out on the water is always a must for most families during the summer months. Adding a little more excitement to your water sports can make this a summer to talk about for years to come. Rafters leave about 10am to start their trip on either the Findhorn or the river Spey and return around 4pm. You can pack a lunch to bring along, which you get to stop and enjoy during your trip down the river. Prices start at £40 per person for a half-day trip.
If you enjoy simply being out among the mountains, perhaps a day spent hill walking in Cairgorn National Park is on your to-do list. Pack a light lunch, grab your hiking shoes and get out to the park for a little exercise and amazing views. Or turn it into a longer adventure and go camping. There are camping grounds all throughout the Cairgorns offering the perfect spot to pitch the family tents and spend a week or weekend hiking, relaxing, swimming and biking.
Gorge Walking and Canyoning
If you want a mix of hiking and water rafting, signing up for canyoning and gorge walking adventures is what you need. Climb rocks and plunge into pools while wearing your provided wet suits, helmets and buoyancy aids. You’ll get to slide down natural water shoots into pools of water and experience other exciting elements of nature. The price is £40 per person.
Being outdoors is an important part of a summer filled with adventure. No matter what you set your excitement level to while you are visiting Scotland, you are sure to find the right activities to keep your family happy.