The highlands - the hidden gem of Scotland, home to stunning scenery with things to do a plenty. If you are a thrill seeker looking for a new adventure or just wanting to do something a bit out of the ordinary, the below list has got you covered.
Ice Factor - Kinlochleven
Adventurers this one is for you, whether you are a total newbie or already have some experience, Ice Factor offer tailored coaching to fit your climbing needs if you are looking to learn how to rock or ice climb. Their instruction wall boasts a wide range of climbs tailored to all - they will have you scaling the walls in no time! They also have an Aerial Adventure course which takes you through an obstacle course 10M above the ground (don't worry your safety harness is attached to a rail). Overlooking the Mamore Mountains, make a pit stop at Ice Factor's Cafe to unwind and refuel before your next adventure whilst taking in the beautiful surroundings. Choose your adventure now and book here - Ice Climbing & Mountain Activity Centre | Ice Factor (ice-factor.co.uk).
Lochaber PH50 4SF
2. Fairburn Activity Centre
Whether you are the type to seek new challenges or prefer the relaxation route and just enjoy your surroundings at your own pace Fairburn Activity Centre - 30 minutes drive from Inverness can cater to all. Having provided outdoor adventures for over 20 years they have a great variety of on-site and off-site activities from archery to laser, to paddle-boarding and canoeing, which can all be tailored to the specific requirements of your group. You can also stay in the on-site accommodation in a converted Victorian Stable block or in a glamping pod if you fancied a night under the stars.
Muir of Ord, Ross-Shire IV6 7UT
3. Crombie Clay Shooting
If you are looking to hit the target, then look no further - Crombie Clay Shooting is the place for you. The target centres amongst some of the most stunning scenery in the Highlands and with each boasting its own unique setting you will be spoiled for choice for pics for the gram. On offer is - clay pigeon shooting, Air Rifles, Archery, Crossbows, Tomahawk throwing and Slingshots. The vastly experienced instructors will be sure to make sure you have an enjoyable experience whilst soaking up the surroundings.
The Highlands, Scotland
4. Battle Grounds Adventure Activities
Get your battle gear at the ready and head to Battle Grounds Paintball & Activites Aberdeen (battlescotland.co.uk), with the Druggam Woodlands as your surrounding choose from a range of activities including axe and knife throwing, bubble football, laser tag and a paintball specialist. Rally up friends and family to take aim at each other with these great outdoor activities.
Banchory, Aberdeen AB31 5HP
5. Aviemore Kart Raceway
Buckle up race drivers, here's one for you. If you want to channel you inner need for speed then book yourself a session on Aviemore Kart Raceway in the Heart of the Scottish Islands. With various karts to choose from to suit all ages you will be racing along a 550-metre-long track with the most amazing views of the Cairngorm mountains as a backdrop.
Granish, Aviemore, Highland OH22 1QD
6. Nevis Range Mountain Resort
Lace up those hiking boots on and head up to the Nevis Range Mountain Experience, with endless amounts of activities to choose from. If you are wanting to get the adrenaline going then they have a vast range of snow sports, paragliding or mounting biking, or if you simply want a walk to through the mountains to see all the sights - they have you covered. Why not even do a bit of celeb spotting and check out the areas where films and TV series were filmed in the Lochaber Area (hint, your train to Hogwarts awaits).
Torlundy, Fort William PH33 6SQ
7. Ness Aviation
Welcome Aboard Ness Aviation, a flight simulator experience where you are the captain! (pilot hat optional). Under the guidance from an instructor, you will be sat in the captain's seat and fly from take-off to landing. A session can be tailored to suit you - with thousands of airports to choose from, you choose which airport to fly in and out of, or if you are a bit of a Top Gun enthusiast - look out those aviators and fly an F-16 Falcon in combat or just for fun. Book your flight experience here - Ness Aviation – Inverness Flight Simulator Experience Boeing 737.
8 Inshes Holdings, Inverness IV2 5BG
8. Breakout Games Aberdeen
If you fancy yourself as a bit of a Sherlock Holmes then Aberdeen Escape Game | Breakout Games Aberdeen is the places for you. With 5 unique escape rooms to choose from each containing a range of clues, puzzles and challenges themed specially to each room - you will have 60 minutes to try and solve them all in order to escape within that time. These missions will have you picking each others brains, with many laughs and a few Homer Simpson D'OH! moments along the way.
Arch 1&2, Palmerston Road, Aberdeen AB11 5RE
9. Aberdeen Harbour Tours
Sail into various parts of Aberdeen's history with Aberdeen Harbour Tours and learn about local harbour landmarks with some dolphin spotting along the way, or if you prefer a more scenic root you can go on the coastal tour in search of local wildlife and take in all the picturesque sights of the North East Coast. Talks from the experienced crew onboard will teach you all about the current operations at port, with the chance to also get up close to the Oil Supply Vessels in the harbour and the Wind Turbines in Aberdeen Bay. Come see for yourself that Aberdeen isn't just "The Granite City". Tours prove very popular so don't miss out and book on one here - Aberdeen Harbour Tours | SEA-CAB – Crew Transfers Aberdeen (greenhowemarineservices.co.uk).
Commercial Quay West, Aberdeen Harbour
10. Tazball Paintball & Lazer Combat Arena
Look out those suits of armour and prepare for battle at the Tazball Paintball & Lazer Combat Arena - The Premier Site in Inverness-shire, the Highlands & Islands, offering a wide range of activities such as - paintball, lazer combat, battle archery and throwing. This will be sure to bring out the competitive side of your group, with a choice of different game maps to battle on and each having different objectives, fight it out and see who gets crowned as champion.
Farr, Inverness IV2 6XB