10 alternative sporty activities to try in Scotland this summer

Why not do something a little different this summer and try one of these unusual but exciting activities?

If you like to get outdoors and be active, here are some fun new hobbies to try this summer in Scotland (Photo: Shutterstock)

Whether you’re into watersports or feel more comfortable on dry land, Steph Abbot has compiled a list of adventures that will both challenge and thrill you.

Scotland’s Longest Zip Wire

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Soar like a bird as you fly through the sky above the Galloway Hills on the country’s longest zip wire.

Travelling at speeds of up to 60 miles per hour across the 820 metre line, two people can fly in tandem, allowing you to enjoy this exhilarating experience together.

Vouchers for a two person experience cost £39, so you could invite a friend along or surprise your partner.

Dumfries and Galloway - more info

Haggis Zorbing

Zorbing means a thrilling ride in a giant inflatable ball with lots of laughter thrown in.

The team are located just 15 minutes from Edinburgh city centre and received the best outdoor adventure experience award last year.

For £50 or less, two people have the choice of the Hydro Haggis (a zorbing experience that includes 20 litres of water) or the Harness Haggis - described as an extreme ride that involves rolling heading over heels.

Edinburgh - more info

Quad Bike Safari

This is a novelty way to explore the Scottish countryside as you zoom around on a 125cc quad bike.

You’ll be provided with all the safety equipment and information you’ll need before you put the pedal to the metal and see what the beautiful landscape of Turnberry has to offer.

This experience costs £49 per person.

Ayrshire - more info


If you have a head for heights then abseiling in the highlands of Perthshire could be an excellent way to test yourself this summer.

Both beginners and those with some experience are welcome as instructors fully accommodate varying skill levels.

For £45 per person, you’ll have the chance to take on one of the best descents in Britain.

Perthshire - more info


Join the likes of Cameron Diaz and Katy Perry by taking part in the world’s fastest growing watersport.

Scotland’s waters might be a tad cooler than those surrounding California, but there are still plenty of opportunities to give this all body workout a go.

Benefits include improvements to your overall balance and a reduction in stress levels. A 3 hour lesson costs £40 per person.

Blairgowrie - more info


A real test of communication and trust, you’ll work with a partner to negotiate your way through white water rapids in a two man (or woman) inflatable kayak.

This alternative to white water rafting is perfect if you have a smaller group and are keen for a chance to be more in control. A tour costs £50 per person.

Fort William - more info

Foot golf

An ingenious way of combining two of Scotland’s best loved sports, the aim of the game is to get the ball in the hole in as few shots as possible, using only your feet.

Players are encouraged to bring their own balls and tee slots are for a maximum of five people however, larger groups can be accommodated.

Bespoke packages include prizes for the longest tee shot and a bottle of bubbly for the overall winner.

Cumbernauld - more info

Aerial Adventure Course

See what life is like in the treetops as you make your way across various obstacles and zip wires to complete this exciting aerial assault course.

You’ll get to enjoy spectacular views as you traverse the forest with a unique squirrel’s eye view of your surroundings.

Adult tickets are £25 each and family tickets are available for £72.

Loch Lomond - more info


A truly refreshing adventure, Bruar canyon has a huge range of jumps, slides and waterfalls for you to enjoy.

This was one of the first canyoning venues opened in Scotland and offers some amazing views along the course. Admission for one adult costs £60 and the adventure lasts for approximately three hours.

Blair Atholl - more info

The Highland Fling Bridge Swing

Perfect for thrill seekers, during this activity you’ll be rigged in a full body harness and then complete a free fall while taking in the sights of the River Garry below.

The experience is open to anyone from the age of 10 to 110 and is the first purpose built swing platform from a bridge in the UK, costing £69 per person.

Killicrankie - more info