7 amazing ways to experience Scotland's landscape

Tuesday 25 June 2019

What better way to fully experience Scotland’s landscapes than to immerse yourself with an adventure activity? Biking, boating, scrambling or simply sitting and taking it all in: Scotland is the place to do it. Wilderness Scotland lines up 7 amazing Scottish adventures...

1. Cycle across an expanse of sand

Sunset on Luskentyre Beach, beautiful beaches.

There is nothing quite like cycling across an epic expanse of white sand. And Clachan Sands on the Isle of North Uist are hard and compact, making them great to ride on. What a joy – on one side of you are bright turquoise waters and on the other, colourful wildflowers dotting the green machair – the grassy plains distinctive to these isles. Beautiful. Find out about mountain biking along The Hebridean Trail.

2. Canoe down a gorgeous gorge

People paddling canoes on the calm waters. Scotland.

The calm waters of the River Beauly means even novice canoeists will feel relaxed. And as you paddle along through the Aigas Gorge, you’ll feel as if you’re in a scene from the Lord of the Rings. The riverbanks are brimming with lush vegetation and wildlife, and there’s a good chance you will spot ospreys and otters in their natural habitat. Find out how to go open canoeing along the River Beauly.

3. Explore the ruins of a medieval castle - by kayak

Three people preparing to canoe on Loch Ness in the Scottish Highlands.

Sitting on the tidal island of Eileen Tioram, you can approach the ruins of the medieval castle of Tioram during low tides by foot along a sandy causeway or opt for a sea kayak. Entry to the castle is forbidden as what remains is no longer structurally sound, but the views as you get up close from the water are breathtaking. Find out how to sea kayak off Scotland’s coast.

4. Cycle through some of Britain’s most spectacular scenery

Mountain bikers on the north face of Ben Nevis in the Scottish Highlands. Athletes Kier Coupland and Alastair Mclennan.

This is one of the stellar views that a determined road cyclist is rewarded with when taking on the Bealach na Ba, known as the highest and hardest mountain road climb in the UK. About 6 miles (9km) long with an ascent of 2,044ft (623m) and steep gradients of 20%, this is not for the faint hearted! The route takes you past the shores of Loch Torridon and Shieldaig, and clings to the cliffs of the Applecross coastline. Find out how to cycle the UK’s highest road.

5. Lose yourself on a magical isle

Woman hiking near basalt pinnacles called The Old Man Of Storr on the Trotternish Peninsula overlooking the Sound of Raasay, Isle of Skye, Scotland, UK.

Probably one of the most photographed geological features in Scotland, this jagged protrusion is known as the Old Man of Storr and can be found on the Isle of Skye. Make the hike to the summit (3-5 hours) and you’ll journey through a primordial and rugged landscape. As the result of an ancient landslide, the area underneath the Storr cliffs is peppered with weirdly shaped pinnacles, the Old Man being the most famous. Find out more about the Isle of Skye wilderness walking.

6. Soak up a unique sunset

Isle of Skye. A couple viewing the sun setting on the horizon, over the sea.

Sunsets like these are among the perks of camping on Camusdarach Beach. On the coastline between Arisaig and Mallaig, you can stare out to the dramatic outlines of the Hebridean Isles of Rum and Eigg. This beach is known for its pure white sands and has been used as a filming location. Find out more about Scotland’s West Coast and Inner Hebrides.

7. Hike up an odd-shaped peak

Hikers on An Sgurr, the Isle of Eigg, Scotland Take on the ascent of Sgurr of Eigg and you’ll be rewarded with spectacular views of the Small Isles, the Isle of Skye and the peninsula of Ardnamurchan. This picture was taken near the top of An Sgurr by Wilderness Guide Kirsty Chuchla. The walk is moderate with a fun little scramble to the summit, and takes 3-4 hours. Find out more about wilderness walking on the Knoydart peninsula.

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