For a complete change of landscape, Scotland, within easy reach of France, perfectly combines this need for large stretches of wonderful diversity. Here, between land, water, water and air sports, the range meets all expectations in terms of sporting activities. But Scotland also offers your customers the opportunity to participate in many other experiences, which are sometimes surprising and always exciting. Ask about the program!
Fort William, “the overseas capital of the United Kingdom”
In the heart of the Highlands, Fort William is the “overseas capital of the United Kingdom”. Located on one of the shores of Lake Loch Linnhe, near Ben Nevis, the highest mountain in the British Isles, which reaches a height of 1,345 meters, the city can be reached easily from Glasgow (at 2:30 by road or by train), and is a meeting place for athletes and researchers Adventure in the heart of nature. Around Fort William, the Lochaber region alternates mountains, lakes, rivers, and steep coastlines dotted with sandy beaches. It is a popular playground for many activities in summer and winter (skiing at Nevis Range and Glencoe Mountain), between hiking or mountain biking, quad biking, canoeing, canoeing, climbing, survival expeditions, and flora and fauna observation. .
Info + In Fort William, the West Highland Museum is dedicated to the regional history of the Western Highlands, including the Jacobean movement. From Fort William, we advise your clients to take the Jacobite Steam Train (135 km round trip), which is a tourist steam train that, among other things, crosses Viadoc Glenfinnan She became famous in the Harry Potter films before arriving in Malagh Harbor.
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Surrounded by lush landscapes of highlands, Aviemore is an ideal base from which to explore the Cairngorms National Park, which reveals five of the six highest mountains in the UK. Around Perth, the former capital of Scotland for five centuries, Perthshire reveals diverse natural spaces of great appeal. North of Glasgow, Loch Lomond (the largest lake in the country) and Trossachs National Park is a major destination for water sports, among others.
Info + In Aviemore one can visit the Cairngorm Brewery Company, and from the city, you can take a trip to the surrounding area to take a trip to Loch Morlich, which is surrounded by sandy beaches, and is home to the watersports center and yacht club. In Perthshire, in Killiecrankie, the Highland Fling Bungee Jump offers an introduction to bungee jumping from Garry Bridge (40 meters high!).
Did you know ? In Scotland there are about 790 islands which are very different from each other. Only a hundred of them are inhabited. They are mostly grouped into the Shetland Archipelago, Orkney, Inner Hebrides, and Otter Hebrides, and can be reached by ferry or plane. Visiting the Scottish Islands means immersing in the traditional island life, discovering historical sites such as Rothesay Castle on Argyll and Bute or Neolithic Kern at Maeshowe in Orkney, and practicing water sports, including scuba diving in the Orkney Islands (shipwrecks) Hiking and biking, enjoying the beaches, observing marine animals, including otters on Yale Island (Shetland), seals on Kerera Island (Inner Hebrides), birds on North Owest Island (Outer Hebrides) …
Info + The volcanic archipelago of St. Kilda, off the coast of the Hebrides, has been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO as exceptional evidence of human occupation under harsh conditions for more than two thousand years. Uninhabited, it harbors colonies of rare and endangered bird species: puffins, northern gannets …
Often new activities
Between hiking or mountain biking, quad biking, canoeing, and canoeing, Rock climbing, horseback riding, golf, hot air balloon rides, survival missions, fishing, flora and fauna observation … Scotland is your customers’ destination where everything is possible. And much more!
Did you know that this activity can only be practiced in Scotland? Monrose, named after Sir Hugh Thomas Monroe, the Scottish mountaineer who first compiled a comprehensive list in 1891, are mountains over 3,000 feet (914.4 m) high. There are 282 across the country and the challenge (le munro bagging) It is one or more climbing in Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park (Ben Lomond, Ben Vorlich …) north of Glasgow, in Perthshire (Schiehallion, Ben Chonzie …), in Cairngorms National Park, in the Outer Hebrides … munros during His or her life wins the title of “munroist”!
Scotland also meets all hikers’ expectations. Simple lakeside excursions (Loch Tay, Lake Catherine, Loch Ness 360 …), in the woods, at the edge of the shore or canal (Caledonian Canal, Crane’s Canal, canal lanes from Forth and Clyde, Union Canal) for longer routes. Hiking trails such as the Great Glen Way between Fort William and Inverness (117 km across the heights), Rob Roy Trail (123 or 150 km) at Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park or The Isle of Arran Coastal Way (107 km) along The coasts of the island of Aran, nicknamed “Scotland in miniature”, are traversed over several days by stages during which you can have friendly experiences.
Exploring Scotland by bike is also an equally attractive option. Across the country, stores offer bike rentals for the whole family, and some specialty companies cater to luggage transportation and assistance. The National Bicycle Network (NCN), Scotland’s official cycle route network, lists 3,380 kilometers of country roads and bike paths, and over 800 kilometers of them are traffic-free, and are suitable for all ages and abilities. Some examples: the circuit (89 km) of the four monasteries (Melrose, Driburg, Kelso and Gedberg) at the Scottish border, the road (30 km) along the coast from Irvine to Ayr, the astonishing loop (112 km) from Assynt Achiltibuie in the Highlands … Also note that the Cyclist Welcome Program lists hotel facilities that make special efforts to accommodate cyclists, between drying facilities, and flexible meal times …
As for water sports, In Scotland they are practiced along coasts, around islands, and along rivers and above the lake. There are several water sports centers that offer a wide range of activities for all visitors: sailing, surfing, windsurfing, kayaking, kayaking, rafting, canoeing, diving …
Info + For lovers of slow travel, hiking, bike tours, waterways or horseback riding trails allow you to discover Scotland that is certainly more economical, but above all more authentic, by walking at your own pace, by spending time bonding with the locals. For example, Scotch Mountain Holidays offers, among other things, a Cairngorms National Park “pony excursion” package with a night of “wild climbing”.
Scotland is a prime destination for observing animal guides In their natural environment, in national parks or nature reserves, and along the coasts. You can see several types of mammals and birds: deer, gazelles, red squirrels, foxes, badgers, pine prickles, wild cats, heather roosters, birds of prey, seabirds … Among the potential trips around the country, don’t do that. Miss RSPB Loch Garten Nature Reserve (near Boat of Garten, Abernethy Forest, in the highlands) known for its inhabitants of ospreys, bird park Scottish Seabird Center North Berwick (East Lothian) with Bass Rock Island, Hebridean Whale Trail (Inner Hebrides) for cetaceans, Harris Island (Outer Hebrides) for eagles, Hermaness National Nature Reserve (Shetland) for seabirds …
Info + In Inner Hebrides, Basking Shark Scotland organizes one-day to one-week tours from April to October to swim with basking sharks. In the highlands, Alladale Wildlife Refuge has three lodges (from 2 to 30 people) and offers many activities (trout fishing, shooting mud pigeons, whiskey tasting, massages …) and excursions (hiking, safari in the Ring Rover with forest guides …). On the shores of Lake Batterston near Dunkeld in Perthshire, Land Rover Experience Scotland offers an introduction to off-road driving with expert instructors in scenic views while observing wildlife. And for a more upscale experience (safaris, visits to distilleries, fishing …) all over Scotland, including Ayrshire, and the Firth of Clyde (Isle of Arran), while staying in historic homes, advise your clients In Primal Adventures. On the West Coast and across the outer and inner Hebrides, cruises are offered by St Hilda Sea Adventures and The Majestic Line. A particularly valuable discovery formula for animal watching and tasting local seasonal produce on board.
Make yourself useful and have fun
In Scotland, your clients can combine business with pleasure by participating in “volunteer” projects with the association. Trees for life Who is striving to restore ancient conifer forests in Caledonia, through the Scottish Wildlife Society on Handa Island (West Highlands) who conserve wildlife, including thousands of seabirds (puffins, moors, little penguins, are also called skuas) The name stercoraria …), or in the Orkney Islands at the Ness of Brodgar archaeological site. The National Trust for Scotland also provides the opportunity to live and work in some of the more remote areas of the country while working to preserve the natural heritage of Scotland such as St Kilda Island in the western Upper Hebrides.
Info + And for the ‘gentle’ activities that stimulate their well-being, and which fulfill this need to escape from everyday stress, your clients in Scotland will also find something to experience the Zen moments essential to their physical and mental balance. In the highlands, Wildwood Bushcraft offers bushcraft experiences – The art of living in harmony with nature – Which combines sport and survival expeditions with foraging for food (crustaceans, mosses, plants, mushrooms, etc.), Bluebell Croft accommodations (up to 16 people) with discreet luxury ‘at home’ ideally located and equipped for decompression and outdoor activities.
Info + Check out the latest government recommendations and procedures for stays in Scotland.
Visit the VisitScotland office website: www.visitscotland.com/fr-fr
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