In Scotland, we reckon there’s a few ways to shake up your Easter celebrations. Bypass making an Easter bonnet, give painting a few hard boiled eggs a miss and instead, try something new and get some fresh air in the process! Discover a whole host of fun things and pick up some new Easter traditions.
Spring into action
The human slingshot at Laggan Outdoor. Photo by Laggan Outdoor Activity Centre.
It’s the time of year for rejuvenation, revitalisation and re-energising, and in Scotland there’s a unique way for you to spring into the season – just strap yourself in to the human slingshot! At Laggan Outdoor in Dumfries & Galloway you can be catapulted from 0–60 mph in seconds on a beautiful green hillside overlooking the Solway Firth. More bounce than a spring lamb guaranteed.
We’re not talking about your house – we’re talking mind, body and soul. Spring is a season for healing and renewal, and what better way to awaken after a winter of hibernation than on a yoga retreat? You could book yourself in for some quality ‘me’ time at EcoYoga in rural Argyll or Dhanakosa Buddhist Retreat Centre in Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park.
Roll, roll, roll
Come Easter you’re probably used to rolling eggs down a hill. But what’s more fun than rolling yourself down a hill? Try zorbing at an outdoor activity centre! Laggan Outdoors offers this activity (also known as mountain balling), and you can also have a go at it at Rolling Haggis near Edinburgh, or with Zorbing Scotland at a whole host of locations across the country.
Or climb, climb, climb
The bouldering park at Cuningar Loop, Rutherglen © Chris Watt Photography
We’re not asking you to perform miracles and roll huge rocks away, but why not challenge yourself at a bouldering session? Cuningar Loop at Rutherglen is a new greenspace managed by Forestry Commission Scotland and is home to Scotland’s first outdoor bouldering park. Part of Legacy 2014 which followed the XX Commonwealth Games, the 15 hectare site also has woodland walks, adventure play and a bike skills area.
See cute critters
With spring comes new life, meaning it’s the perfect time to visit our farms to see adorable baby animals. Join a farm and creamery tour at Cream O’Galloway in Dumfries & Galloway and you might just get a cuddle with a lamb or a calf. At Heads of Ayr Farm Park, you might want to snuggle with a floppy-eared bunny in the animal barn. Take a walk or a leisurely drive through the countryside to see a leaping lamb or two.
Swap your Easter egg hunt…
… for geocaching! It’s basically a treasure hunt which anyone can join in with using a GPS or mobile device. Try this activity on the likes of the Cateran Trail though Perthshire or even play as you explore the islands of the Outer Hebrides.
But there’s no need to give up the chocolate!
Chocolate bunnies from Coco Chocolate, Edinburgh. Photo by Ann Czerwinska / Coco Chocolate
In fact, we beseech you not to! In Scotland there are plenty of opportunities to sample delicious artisan cocoa delights. There are dozens of chocolatiers, cafés and workshops across the country – we suggest finding one near you by following the Chocolate Trail. Prepare to indulge in sweet, sweet Easter treats.
So, what are you waiting for? Pack some hot cross buns and a flask of tea and explore the best of Scotland for an Easter holiday to remember. Be sure to share the best of your snaps with us Twitter, Facebook, Instagram or Google+.