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Thank you so much for everything, it is very much appreciated and is a never-to-be-forgotten experience for the children

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Please convey my sincere appreciation again to your instructor.. he instilled a good level of confidence in me and his communication skills were excellent.

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I don't hesitate to say, that the Active Outdoor Pursuits team absolutely made our holiday the fantastic time that it was.. As far as I am concerned, your chaps who worked with us throughout last week are up there amongst the best that I have ever seen.

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Adventures, Activities, Training and Holidays!

Looking for an outdoor adventure or holiday? Then you've come to the right place! Active Outdoor Pursuits, born in 1999, is one of the most established providers of outdoor activities, education and training in Scotland. We have developed our facilities & services to provide a comprehensive and dynamic approach to supporting people of all ages and experience to realise their outdoor adventure dreams and ambitions.

Explore

Wilderness journeys on foot, canoe, sea kayak or mountain bike to Scotland's most beautiful and remote places. Adventure journeys through cultural & historic Scotland, staying in old drovers inns, hostels or hotels – have a look at our West Highland Way & Great Glen Adventures. We will soon be launching a range of International expeditions for individuals and schools.

Play

Fun days for family, friends and colleagues from canoe days in the sun, white water rafting Scotland's rivers to canyoning and gorge-scrambling challenges or skiing & snowboarding on Cairngorm Mountain, the Lecht or Nevis Range. Active is a "Visit Scotland 4 star Activity Provider". We can provide a wide range of activities for groups in Ayrshire, Glasgow, Perthshire, Cairngorms National Park, Deeside, Highlands and across Scotland. Phone, email or drop in at Active Aviemore to book your adventure.

Learn

School Educational / Residential Trips at Craigower Lodge Outdoor Centre in the Cairngorms National Park. We are an AALA licensed company who provide “real” outdoor adventures in nature’s classroom - the “great outdoors”. Pupils of all ages get to experience the thrills of exploring rivers, climbing mountains and touching real rock. During the winter, Ski & Snowboard camps are a big hit. We offer adventure day trips to schools throughout Scotland.

Train

Adventure Training & Instructor Training Courses to kick start your outdoor career. Training & development courses in rock climbing, winter skills, canoe & kayak, ski mountaineering, skiing & snowboarding. We also employ aspirant multi-activity instructors on our 12 month Active Apprenticeship.

Grow

Personal development and leadership courses for young people and community groups. Team development courses and outdoor challenges for businesses as well as fun days out. All events can be organised as day trips, self catering, full board weeks or weekends either based at our outdoor centre or at hotels & guesthouses nationwide.  

Stay

At Craigower Lodge Outdoor Centre & Hostel in Newtonmore in the heart of the Highlands; weekends or weeks self-catering or full board options available. Alternatively we can arrange accommodation with our partner hotels and B&Bs across Scotland. An excellent base for hill walking, canoeing, kayaking, skiing, snowboarding, mountain biking or to experience cultural and historic Scotland – near the river Spey, numerous distilleries, museums, castles & battlefields. Newtonmore & Aviemore are easily accessed by road, rail and flights to Inverness.

Shop

At our outdoor store in Aviemore, staffed by our very experienced staff and qualified instructors. We stock outdoor equipment & clothing from top brands like Salewa, Mammut, Montane, Deuter, Smartwool, DMM, Black Diamond, 5:10 and many more. We have canoe & kayaking equipment - paddles from Artistic, O’Neil, Grey Owl, Peak UK, Bending Branches etc. We also stock a range of ski mountaineering equipment for sale & rental and we have a wide range of outdoor books, maps and guides in our extensive outdoor book shop.

Eat

When in Aviemore, you shouldn't miss the Active Cafaidh. Amidst splendid views of the Cairngorm Mountains, our talented team provide freshly prepared food, home-made cakes and the best coffee in town. Our hearty breakfasts prepare you for your day of adventure and the cafaidh is the perfect place to kick back and relax at the end of the day with local ale or some scrumptious baking. The cafaidh is available for private functions and we also host evenings for book launches and presentations.

Hire

Bikes & canoes, kayaks, skis & snowboards all available at our Activity bookings centre at Active Aviemore, staffed by qualified instructors. We also sell a wide range of ex-hire equipment at excellent prices.