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View the official guide to adventure activities in Scotland

Scotland is known as Europe’s Adventure Capital and if it’s outdoor activities you are after, Ayrshire & Arran is the right place for you. With an array of mountains, hills, forests and a marvelous sheltered coastline to play with, grab some fresh air and get active in Ayrshire & Arran.

The Firth of Clyde is a haven for seafarers of all descriptions and offers an enormous array of water-based activities. Ayrshire & Arran is of course known for its world-class yachting and the marinas at Largs, Ardrossan and Troon offer berths for visiting yachts, as well as charters.

For more great water-based activities, head straight to the sportscotland National Centre Cumbrae, Scotland’s premier watersports centre. Practice your sailing skills at the purpose-built chalet which is just metres from the water, before heading out to the open sea. This state of the art centre also offers dinghy sailing, powerboating, windsurfing and sea kayaking.

For some more adventure, discover the Isle of Arran’s stunning landscapes by gorge walking in hidden waterfalls, plunge pools and natural slides and abseiling rugged peaks with the Arran Adventure Company.

The natural beauty of the coastline, mountains, hills and forests of this region make it a magical destination to explore by foot. If you’re an experienced hillwalker and are looking for a challenge, take a stroll through Arran and tackle the highest peak, Goatfell - where you’ll be rewarded for your efforts with magnificent panoramic views across the Firth of Clyde and surrounding countryside.

For a more relaxed walk, look out for local wildlife and enjoy the scenery along the gentler Arran Coastal Way or the Ayrshire Coastal Path, one of Scotland’s Great Trails.

The National Cycling Network has 50 miles of glorious routes to explore on the mainland. While here, make sure you take in some island cycling - the fantastic 56 mile circular route around Arran lets you uncover many of the wonderfully unique villages along the coast.

  • Cyclists on the beach at Brodick Bay
    Brodick Bay
  • Sea kayaking in Brodick Bay, Isle of Arran
    Sea kayaking in Brodick Bay, Isle of Arran
  • Horse riding on the beach at Irvine, Ayrshire
    Horse riding on the beach at Irvine, Ayrshire
A guided walk from the summit of Goatfell, Arran


Explore stunning Ayrshire & Arran on foot and discover its amazing scenery.

Cycling in the Clyde Muirshiel Regional Park


Set off on two wheels and discover all that Ayrshire & Arran has to offer, including dense forests, coasts and islands.

Sea kayaking in Brodick Bay, Arran


Take to the water and try your hand at wind surfing and sea kayaking off the pristine coastline of Ayrshire & Arran.

The harbour at Girvan South Ayrshire


Miles of coastline, fast flowing rivers and beautiful countryside make Ayrshire & Arran a popular fishing destination

Horse riding on the beach at Irvine, Ayrshire

Horse riding

Take a horse riding trip to Ayrshire & Arran and enjoy the many trails, treks and riding centres throughout the region.

A girl leaps into the water during a canyoning expedition at Glen Sannox on the Isle of Arran


Find a great range of adventurous activities in Ayrshire & Arran including gorge walking and canyoning