Family Adventure in Scotland This Half-Term Break

Acclaimed as Europe’s outdoors capital, Scotland offers a range of activities for all ages, fitness levels and aspirations. These days Scotland is easily accessible from many areas of England and Wales, with flights direct to cities such as Glasgow, Edinburgh, Inverness and Aberdeen. Or why not travel by train?

For the family market there is also a wide choice of places to stay in Scotland. While some people choose to book into one place, such as a family-friendly hotel or a self-catering cottage,for a week or two, others will head off for a multi-centre holiday staying a few nights in a youth hostel in one town, followed by a hostel in another location. Increasingly, many families are choosing to go by campervan, which offers the benefits of a combined living/sleeping/moving vehicle.

And once you’ve chosen your accommodation, your next step is to make a list of your favourite adventure activities. For wherever you are in Scotland there is a wide spectrum of exciting outdoors activities on offer. From coasteering on the Outer Hebrides, to kite surfing in Fife, to surfing on the Isle of Tiree, to canyoning in Perthsire, to gorge walking on the Isle of Arran, to vaoing on Loch Lomond.

Here we bring you a round-up of the best days out in Scotland for adventurous families.

River bugging: Take off in fast-moving water in a mini inflatable boat called a river “bug”. It looks more like an armchair and offers great fun on-water opportunities to spin round, bounce off rocks and fall in! Wetsuits, buoyancy aids and helmets are provided. Minimum age is 16.

Who with?: Splash White Water Rafting, Aberfeldy, Perthshire. tel: 01877 829 706.

WoW balls: Walk on Water in a WoW ball. To do this you climb inside the giant inflatable WoW sphere and then move off for a “roll” on the water’s surface. The WoW balls go backwards and forwards, side to side and upside-down.

Who with?: Boots ‘n’ Paddles, Kirkhill, Inverness. Tel: 0845 612 5567.

River Raiders: A multi-activity high ropes course takes adults and children on an thrilling adventure above the River Findhorn. The trip includes a zip slide, an abseil, rock climbing and a lot of laughing. Minimum age is seven.

Who with?: Extreme Dream, Aviemore. Tel: 01479 812 466.

Forest safari: This is a great opportunity to introduce children to the wonders of the natural environment. During this LandRover Safari experience a ranger shows you how to get up close and discover wildlife tracks, trails, views and clues as you take a stroll into an ancient Caledonian Pine Forest. You might see red squirrel and roe deer.

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Turkey Adventure Holidays

If you’re looking for a new family adventure holiday why not try a Turkey holiday. Nope I’m not talking about your usual beach and swim family trip I’m talking about a full on adventure. Turkey has so much more than beaches and cheap hotels; from dramatic moon like landscapes in Cappadocia to the bright lights of ancient cities, like Istanbul, with a history tell, Turkey has something for everything.

A true adventure holiday is a sailing Turkey holiday. The Adventure Company recently launched two brand new family sailing trips to Croatia and Turkey. Not only can the whole family learn to sail under the watchful eye of an experienced Skipper, you’ll see Turkey from its stunning coastline. On a 45ft yacht families can sail from Bodrum to Ova Buku, where you can spot dolphins and try the only restaurant in Buku, Ogun’s Place, before setting sail for Bozukkale. This harbour dates back to 400BC and is a fantastic stop point for hiking for views back out to sea. The remains of the ancient city of Loryma is just an hours walk or those wishing to relax can snorkel in still, clear waters. After spending the night on board the next few days are spent sailing from port to port, including Datca and Knidos. Days are spent lounging on board listening to the sound of the waves, swimming and snorkelling in turquoise waters or on land searching for buried treasure and meeting the friendly locals. From tiny settlements with flower lined streets to the homes of famous Turkish poets, a Turkey sailing adventureis not just for the sailor. Get as involved as much as you like or as little with the actual sailing and watch as your children learn to love the ocean.

If the sea isn’t quite the thing for your family then your Turkey holiday could be spent on land horse riding through the Cappadocia, past the unique geological formations and famous fairy chimneys of this moon-like landscape. Or head down under to Derinkuyu, the underground cities of up to 30,000 people some 4,000 years ago. Just imagine a giant Swiss cheese house. Camping out in the glorious summer weather is another adventure holidaymust do even for mum’s who hate the outdoors. With warm, sunny weather being outside in the breeze is a wonderful way to enjoy every moment.

And if horse riding, hiking, sailing and diving isn’t enough head to Kas for sea kayaking, 4WD adventures into the hills and leisurely lunches in lazy villages.

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