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Abseiling down sheer cliff edges with waterfalls tumbling overhead, leaping from rock ledges into natural pools, exploring shorelines without a boat; canyoning, gorge walking and coasteering in Scotland are three of the most exhilarating activities you can experience.

Swift-flowing rivers, natural springs and thunderous waterfalls spilling over rocky precipices and deep gorges slicing through Scotland's tranquil glens and forests provide a natural playground perfect for an adventure holiday. The same is true of Scotland's dramatic coastline where you can scramble over rocky shores, explore secret coves and jump straight into sea.

And they don't just cater to seasoned thrill seekers. Unlike more extreme outdoor sports, canyoning, gorge walking and coasteering are splendid family outdoor activities. After getting kitted out in specialist waterproof gear and safety equipment - supervised by an experienced and qualified instructor at all times - kids can also relish sliding down natural flumes, riding tidal swells and swimming into sea caves.

Gorge walking and Canyoning

Like its name suggests, gorge walking typically involves walking up and down a river - sometimes gently floating downstream - with plenty of slides and splashing about in plunge pools along the way. In short, it's the perfect introduction to its more adventurous cousin: canyoning. Here, they only way is down with a harnessed abseil. Experience the adrenaline rush of flying down even steeper slides and leaping from heights of up to eight meters.

Gorge walking

Coasteering

Coastering is best described as an excursion along the fringe of where sea and shoreline meet without using a boat, surfboard or any other type of craft. Breathe in the invigorating salty air and discover the freedom of wild swimming in the North Atlantic. Go with the flow and let yourself be carried by the waves into deep gullies. Clamber up onto rocky outcrops and coastal ledges, and make some heart-racing leaps from high cliff-tops into the surf below.

Coasteering shore

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