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Activity Holidays in Scotland

With a population of just five million people, Scotland is a popular holiday destination and welcomes over 14 million visitors a year. But don’t be fooled by its small size, Scotland is also mighty. Boasting a wonderful combination of wild and rural sights with thriving cities, it’s the perfect destination for those looking for a unique day experience or invigorating activity holidays in Scotland.

Voted the most beautiful country in the world by Rough Guide readers in 2017, Scotland is definitely one to add to your bucket list. The great Scottish countryside is what makes the country so unique. Its natural wonders include the national parks around Stirling and Perth & Kinross, the snow capped mountains of Northern Scotland and stunning white sand beaches. Thrill-seekers will be spoilt with the range of outdoor activities on offer, from white-water rafting and epic hikes to skiing and snowboarding.

If the great outdoors is not your thing, there is something here for everyone. Thriving cities for culture vultures such as Edinburgh, which is host to Hogmany – the world’s biggest New Year’s Eve party. For food and drink lovers, whisky is Scotland’s gift to the world, add a trip to one of the distilleries to your travel itinerary and learn about how the spirit is made and what makes malt whisky arguably the best in the world. Scotland also has a rich history and you’ll find many medieval castles dotted across the land, adding extra drama to the landscape

Explore the Scotland that lies off the beaten path. Our unique experiences and activity holidays in Scotland will provide you with the best combination of culture and fun that the country has to offer.

Best Time to Visit Scotland

Scotland can be visited anytime of year as it’s a great destination for activity holidays. The summer is ideal for sightseeing, walking and other outdoor adventures, whereas the winter provides good conditions for skiing and snowboarding up north.

Visiting Scotland in Spring

Expect temperatures between 7 degrees in March and 13 degrees in May.

Springtime is a great time to visit Scotland. With mild temperatures, it’s the ideal time for the many outdoor activities and adventure breaks on offer. You’ll also see the daffodils, cherry blossom and more bursting into bloom and lighting up the landscape. But what if it rains? No problem, cities’ history and culture are yours to explore.

Visiting Scotland in Summer

Expect temperatures between 15 degrees in June and 17 degrees in August.

Without a doubt the warmest period to visit, it is also probably the busiest. Every August, Edinburgh plays host to the world-famous Fringe Festival for 3 weeks, attracting visitors from across the globe. But don’t let this discourage you – with extra hours of daylights, especially further north, there are many beaches to relax on, highlands to roam and rounds of golf to be played.

Visiting Scotland in Autumn

Expect temperatures between 14 degrees in September and 7 degrees in November.

September can take you by surprise and be just as good as the summer months with less crowds. The autumn months are also a great time for keen photographers, as the dramatic Scottish landscape and scenery changes from the green of summer to deep oranges, reds and browns. From October onwards, as the peak season ends, you may find some opening hours become more restricted.

Visiting Scotland in Winter

Expect temperatures averaging 5 degrees from December to February.

Did you know that Scotland is home to five ski centres? The highlands benefit from consistent snowfall in the winter months, creating great skiing and snowboarding opportunities. And if that all sounds a bit too energetic, go on a whiskey-making adventure and experience Scotland’s warm hospitality first-hand.

Best Places to Visit in Scotland

Scotland has it all - from beautiful towns and cities to stunning natural landscape, perfect for adding into your holiday itinerary. Step off the beaten track and discover one of these places to visit in Scotland.

Fife & Perthshire

Nestled between two National Parks, this region offers exhilarating outdoor adventures and more.

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Argyll & The Isles

Explore Scotland’s west coast and islands and uncover rural communities and stunning landscapes.

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Edinburgh

Scotland’s capital contrasts a medieval old town and bustling new town and is not one to be missed.

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Stirling

Not just cosy pubs and medieval buildings, Stirling is a great base for exploring the Highlands.

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Scottish Highlands

Last bastion of solitude among towering peaks, pine forests, deep lochs & windswept fells.

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Glasgow

Glasgow is one of the most energetic, vibrant and friendly cities in Europe, despite what many may think, and is an essential destination in Scotland.

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Aberdeen

Gritty, real, and powered by North Sea oil and gas, Aberdeen is rewarding to explore and a great base for whisky country to the north.

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Top Tips for Visiting Scotland

  • Savour the moment: take a tour of one of Scotland’s whisky making distilleries and try a wee dram while you’re there. Just remember to sip and savour it – it’s not a shot!
  • Respect the local communities: driving the North Coast 500 circular road is a great way to experience remote communities but respect local rules and be considerate of the locals.
  • Don’t mess with Nessy: stories of Loch Ness were probably your first reference to Scotland but get off the beaten track and away from the herds and discover Scotland’s other, and more beautiful, lochs.
  • Get active: experience the great outdoors from a new perspective on an activity holiday including white water rafting, canyoning or guided hikes.
  • Not just Edinburgh: sure Edinburgh is not to be missed but just a short train ride away is the vibrant and underrated city of Glasgow. Less tourists and lots of friendly locals.

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