Top Tips for getting active on your adventures
Everyone’s idea of rest and relaxation is different, some may love to read a good book out in the sun or by a fireplace, others may love to cycle or run cross country. There is no wrong way to do it! You may be coming over to take part in a particular event, or to explore on your own doing the sport you love, whatever it is, Click Book Stay is here to help and we’ve put together some ideas to keep you active while you stay in one of our self catering properties.
If you are hill inclined (pardon the pun) then seek out one of Scotland’s many great peaks. From Grahams to Munros, the country has a vast range of heights to be conquered to suit all levels of hiking experience – just make sure to check the weather and walk report before you go! Many of our properties are nestled in hiking hotspots from the Cairngorms, Loch Lomond & the Trossachs and up the North-West coast around Achiltibuie and each hill has its own enchanting character. Schiehallion down in Perthshire is one of Scotland’s best known hills, with its pointed shape and is a great starting point for the new munro-bagger! For the more experienced walker, Ben More Coigach and Sgurr an Fhidheir (The Fiddler) near Ullapool offers dramatic rocks with stunning views of the nearby summits. Need some more inspiration? Head to WalkHighlands to find the perfect hike for you.
If you love walking but prefer to stay closer to sea-level, then Scotland’s forestry walks would be perfect for you! Tay Forest Park in Perthshire is suitable for active families with young kids with many trails to explore, forestry life to admire and hidden sculptures to look out for. If you’re feeling a bit more energetic the natural beauty spot offers longer trails up the park’s wooded hills. Take in views from historic hilltop forts and appreciate the ancient vantage points. If getting out in nature for a wander sounds like the activity for you, then head to the Forestry & Land Commission website to find your perfect walk.
Scotland is full of fresh water lochs and therefore, fresh opportunities to do some swimming! Take the plunge and feel the freedom of swimming in the great outdoors in some stunning scenery. Grab your wetsuit (it most likely will be baltic!) and see a whole new side of things. With wild swimming, local knowledge is the best and safest bet, but there are plenty of resources online to get you going. WILD Swimming has done some research for you, so no matter which Click Book Stay property you’re staying in, you can locate a wild swimming hotspot nearby. Just remember to bring, a change of clothes, towel and maybe a hot drink in a flask!
Whether going full speed ahead down a mountain or along some picturesque paths there’s an abundance of routes to choose from in Scotland. If you’re up for a rough ride there’s choice to suit all abilities, from purpose built routes to wild terrain. Take a day trip to Falkirk and experience all that Callendar Estate has to offer. If you’re staying with us in the Cairngorms, why not travel up North-East for a day and encounter the varied Moray Monster Trails!
If you are new to the sport and want a taster cycle, then try out Loch Ordie in Perthshire. Not far from the humble town of Dunkeld, the route offers a low-intensity 10-mile cycle with beautiful views of the local area.
Jaunts, Jogs and Runs
Not only is Scotland home to some of the most visually pleasing marathons in the World, the Loch Ness Marathon and the Edinburgh Marathon Festival, you can create a route tailored to you.
If you’re new to running why not head to Faskally Forest near Pitlochry, which has gentle-going paths and fantastic views to keep you going.
Want that extra workout? It’s quite common to find runners racing up the hills. If you are a more seasoned trail runner, then perhaps it is time for you to branch out into the ultra-run community. These routes are described as marathon plus, and range from the standard 26.2 miles to the further of 100 miles over a number of days. Though these may not be for the faint of heart, if you are full of adventure this might tickle your fancy. We suggest the Cateran Trail Ultra which usually takes place in Spittal of Glenshee every May.
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