Where to go for an adventure in Scotland

1) The Isle of May

The Isle of May is a wonderful nature reserve in the Firth of Forth that’s ideal for spotting sea birds such as puffins and mamals such as Atlantic grey seals. The best way to get over there is to book a boat trip with Anstruther Pleasure Cruises. The trips last around 4,5 to 5 hours giving you at least 2,5 hours on the island to enjoy the walks and scenery. The island is owned and maintained by Scottish Natural Heritage. They have rangers stationed there to give you important information about the island and its biodiversity. May and June are the best times to see breeding seabirds, and best booking later on in the day to see puffins, as they are usually out fishing during the day.

puffins at the Isle of May in Scotland

Boat and tickets: Anstruther Pleasure Cruises, Middle Pier, Anstruther

+44 (0)7957 585 200


2) Loch Insh

The Freshwater family have been providing adventure experiences at Loch Insh Outdoor Center for over 50 years now. It is an epic place to spend the day taking up one of the many activities on offer, such as sailing, mountain biking, windsurfing, archery, kayaking…the list is endless! There is something for everyone and all abilities with instruction available. For those staying locally it’s a great place to entertain the kids. On a sunny day the balcony is a perfect place to grab lunch, an ice cream or a beer at their restaurant. You can stay on site and there is an array of accommodation available.

two sailboats at Loch Insh in Scotland

3) Gilmerton Cove

Hidden underground on the south side of Edinburgh, these passageways and chambers have been a mystery for hundreds of years. There are seven different rooms, each hand-carved. You can find a well, a fire place and a blacksmiths forge. Historians and archaeologists have studied the cove, but no clear purpose has been discovered or agreed upon. Some say it was a secret drinking den, others believe it was a witches cove. Booking a tour is essential for these mystic caves.

a passageway in the Gilmerton Cove in Scotland

16 Drum Street, Edinburgh


4) Calum's Seal Boat Trips

Calum’s Seal Boat Trips are a fantastic way to explore the seas of the west coast of Scotland. Calum, Jane and their crew have been running trips now for over 30 years and know the Plockton coastline like the back of their hands. The crew can’t always guarantee seals all the time, however the excursion is free if you don’t see any. Join in on one of their special trad music cruises if you are looking for something different. All aboard the Sula Mhor for great memories!

Calum's Seal Boat trips in Plockton Scotland

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