Abseiling down sheer cliff edges with waterfalls tumbling overhead, leaping from rock ledges into natural pools, exploring shorelines without a boat; canyoning, gorge walking and coasteering in Scotland are three of the most exhilarating activities you can experience. Swift-flowing rivers, natural springs and thunderous waterfalls spilling over rocky precipices and deep gorges slicing through Scotland’s tranquil glens and forests provide a natural playground perfect for an adventure holiday. The same is true of Scotland’s dramatic coastline where you can scramble over rocky shores, explore secret coves and jump straight into sea. And they don’t just cater to seasoned thrill seekers. Unlike more extreme outdoor sports, canyoning, gorge walking and coasteering are splendid family outdoor activities. After getting kitted out in specialist waterproof gear and safety equipment – supervised by an experienced and qualified instructor at all times – kids can also relish sliding down natural flumes, riding tidal swells and swimming into sea caves.
Like its name suggests, gorge walking typically involves walking up and down a river – sometimes gently floating downstream – with plenty of slides and splashing about in plunge pools along the way. In short, it’s the perfect introduction to its more adventurous cousin: canyoning. Gorge walking is a great family-friendly activity, with the minimum age typically being 8 years old. It’s also the perfect activity to choose if you fancy an adrenaline-fuelled stag or hen do! Gorge walking is a fun outdoor activity that is great for groups and team building exercises too – help each other as you make your way along Scotland’s rivers, with plunge pools, rock scrambling and obstacles to navigate.
Scotland is home to some incredible rugged scenery and rushing rivers that make the perfect place to try out gorge walking. Here are some we think you’ll love: