For many Brits, the world we know is flat and concrete. While a lot of people travel abroad to escape the monotony of cities, there is an endless supply of adventure to be had right on your doorstep here in the UK, too.
Over 15 million tourists visit Scotland each year, with many of these coming from Europe or even further afield to enjoy the beauty, magnificence and adventure that it has to offer. Yet many British people are still to visit Scotland – and they are missing out. Here, we explore why you should consider a Scottish staycation to explore the mountains and find adventure this year:
The Highlands of Scotland are one of the most famous mountain regions in the world and there is an endless array of adventures that you can head off on during your holiday.
Basing yourself in the Cairngorms National Park will give you access to 18 Munros to climb, including the second highest Munro in the UK, Ben Macdui. Sitting at a height of 1,309m, the ascent of Ben Macdui is a truly fantastic walking experience, but there are tonnes of other routes for you to explore in the Cairngorms National Park, too. The most famous of these is the Larig Ghru, which stretches from Avimore to Braemar through the middle of 19 miles of mountains. If you enjoy hill walking, then there is no place better to go than Scotland on your holiday.
With amazing mountains come some amazing climbing opportunities, too. If you enjoy bouldering or top roping in an indoor climbing facility, then you should take the opportunity on your doorstep to enjoy some real climbing. There are loads of courses and guides you can use to get the best out of a climbing experience in Scotland.
Gnarly mountain biking
If you’re also a lover of mountain biking, then the Cairngorms has a huge amount to offer you, too. Mountain biking in this range of hills gives you a great combination of impressive climbs, intricate flats and some bomber downhill rides, too. This is a true playground for mountain bikers looking to have an adventure on fat tyres, and you’ll be able to roll into the hills from your front door.
Scotland also has some sensational skiing. There is a ski slope on Cairngorm in the Cairngorm National Park and it is a brilliant place to enjoy a skiing holiday at a lower cost. Instead of travelling abroad to ski, you can enjoy staying in self-catering accommodation in Scotland and can travel up to the slopes each day.
There are loads of benefits to doing this, not least that there are loads of other activities to enjoy if the snow lets you down. Unlike European resorts, this ski slope is on the doorstep of the Cairngorms, so you can dive into other activities straight away if the snow isn’t right.
Rent it all
If you’re up for the exploration but don’t have all the kit you need, then do not fear. The Caringorms and wider Highlands are excellently kitted out with shops and hire centres, where you can get what you need. Whether you want to hire mountain bikes, climbing equipment, skis, paddleboards or kayaks, this is all readily available, along with white water rapid experiences, guided trips and tours. The Cairngorms is an adventure playground right on our doorstep, ready for you to enjoy at a fraction of the cost of travelling abroad.
The accommodation on offer for you to enjoy on a staycation in Scotland is fantastic and there is something to suit every need. With self catering luxury accommodation offered as standard, you will be able to enjoy a much higher standard of living in holiday accommodation than you are used to when travelling abroad.
You’ll also find an abundance of pet friendly accommodations that enable you to bring your four-legged friend along with you on holiday, too. These self catered spaces are also usually geared up with storage space for you to keep your skis, bikes and paddleboards, so you can explore the mountains in style.
Contact us today to find out more about self catering for holidays and staycations in Scotland.