The Highlands is high on thrills and delivers adventure in abundance if you seek it.
You can go skiing and snowboarding at three winter resorts in the Highlands. CairnGorm Mountain boasts more than 30 km of ski runs, the Nevis Range has Scotland’s highest ski slope and Glencoe features the longest descent in the country.
Mountain biking has rocketed in popularity in recent years and nowhere more so than in the Highlands. The Nevis Range has the longest single-track descent in the UK and welcomes the Mountain Bike World Cup each summer. The Highland Wildcat Mountain Bike Trails at Golspie and the Laggan Wolftrax near Newtonmore are two other top mountain biking destinations.
Fort William - the ‘Outdoor Capital of the UK’ - is a centre for climbing and hillwalking with Britain’s highest mountain Ben Nevis on its doorstep. There’s also world-class climbing in the Cairngorms, at the famous Cuillin range on Skye and among the spectacular peaks of Sutherland and Wester Ross.
For long-distance walking, there’s the Great Glen Way, the Speyside Way and the Moray Coastal Trail, while the legendary West Highland Way finishes up at Fort William.
Watersports enthusiasts can go windsurfing and kayaking at popular destinations likes Loch Morlich and Loch Insh. Thurso is Scotland’s surfing capital with some incredibly fast reef and beach breaks.
The water based adventures can continue on the Great Glen Canoe Trail, the first of its kind in Scotland. Following the Caledonian Canal from Corpach, Fort William, to Inverness, you will paddle over 60 miles for approximately five days whilst enjoying the amazing scenery, variety of things to do and quality accommodation found within the Highlands.
Or why not take part in an exciting sled dog safari in the Cairngorms National Park near Aviemore? Meet the team of dogs and then sit back in the buggy and enjoy spectacular views from this unique mode of transport.