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Scotland; The West Highland Way

The West Highland Way – Adventure Travel Blog The West Highland Way is one of Scotland’s most iconic and well-travelled routes.  A total of 96 miles from Milngavie to Fort William, journeying from the city, through the Campsie Hills and into the rugged Mountains that are the Scottish Highlands!  You are immersed in culture, history and stunning geographical features along the way.  The traditional way to complete this route is by walking, I discovered a company, Active Outdoor Pursuits, that provide an amazing and very unique way of completing this route; walking, biking canoeing and sea kayaking!  This is my story from start to finish of the West Highland Way Adventure – it is one of the best trips I have experienced! Being a solo traveller, I am used to meeting new people journeying along the way.   Having received all my pre trip information and itinerary I was packed and… Read more »

Adventure Holiday in Scotland

Recently, Scotland has been voted the most beautiful country in the world. If you have ever visited Scotland, you will most likely understand why. The country is unique, not just because of it’s remote places, deep lochs, breath-taking glens, craggy mountains and wild rivers but because it’s accessible. Scotland is for everyone, which we recommend you to experience by travelling two of the country’s most iconic journeys, The West Highland Way and The Great Glen Way.  These journeys presents you with the best of Scottish nature, culture and history.  Therefore, The West Highland Way and The Great Glen Way are likely to make your next adventure holiday in Scotland unique and memorable. The West Highland Way The West Highland Way is known as Scotland’s first long-distance route. It is a key route on many Scottish hill-walkers bucket lists as it takes you through traditional Scotland. It stretches 154km from Milngavie to… Read more »

The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award – Get Involved!

What is The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award? The DofE programme has been operating since 1956.  Founded by Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh the awards programme was set up to recognise and reward young adults who commit and complete the award elements.  There are 3 stages in the programme; Bronze, Silver and Gold.  Each have sections to complete; Physical, Volunteer, Expedition and Skill, with the Gold level having an additional section for Residential.  To successfully achieve the award levels those enrolled have a set period of time (3 months plus) to complete each stage.  Individuals are assessed and progress monitored by an accredited professional with knowledge in that chosen field. Here at Active we are proud to work with The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award scheme.  Working closely with hundreds of young adults each year providing open expeditions and gold residential opportunities. Our staff team thoroughly enjoy working with individuals and preparing them for… Read more »

Why Ski in Scotland!

Winter Season 2017/18 – A few pre trip tips! Scotland is home to 5 major ski resorts; Cairngorm Mountain, The Lecht, Glenshee, Glencoe and Nevis Range.  All resorts can be easily accessed by main road transport.  There is terrain for everyone.  Beginners to Advanced for skiing & boarding and a fantastic playground waiting to be explored for those into Ski touring/mountaineering and Split Boarding. What should you look at before heading to the slopes?? The Snow Conditions; check out how many lifts and on what runs are operating on the day.  This will give you a good indication of the snow conditions and how busier the resort may be.  You want to make sure you have the best Pow Pow for your day on the mountain! Resort Webcams; a fantastic first hand look at what you will be getting to play on when you arrive! But remember to check the time… Read more »

Lets Celebrate! Awards & New Instructors!

Time to Celebrate! There is always time to celebrate success and we have a few thing things to celebrate! Visit Scotland: 5 Star Activity Provider Status Active have been providing activities across Scotland for the past 19 years.  Activities for all ages & abilities, a whole range of groups; schools, stag & hen parties, youth groups, individuals to name a few.  We aim to and provide quality activity days, residentials, adventure holidays and weekends.  This Autumn we had our visit from the Visit Scotland quality assurance team. Active Outdoor Pursuits are a 5* Activity Provider.  Thank you to all our clients past and present for supporting us and to our whole staff team who made this happen.  Here is to many more adventures and activity days! Highlands & Islands Tourism Awards 2017 Shortlisted for Best Outdoor Adventure Experience The Highlands & Islands Tourism Awards celebrate and recognize the best of the… Read more »

White Water Leader Training

White Water Leader Training! Recently three of our instructors completed the White Water Leader Training ran by Jim Gibson across at AquaPlay. This course replaced what previously was th e BCU 4* Kayak award. Having taken advantage of time off before the training the three had been North, South, East and West to paddle different rivers and come up with scenarios. All be it with a few swims, bruises, bumps and a broken paddle (or two) to go with it! Day 1 was on the River Spey… working on personal paddling and reviewing rescue techniques! With reasonably good levels there were spots to practice surfing, ferry gliding, eddy hoping and high crosses! All about the Core Rotation! Time spent to break down rapids from different angles, perspectives and paddling ability – who knew there was so many ways to read the Knockando rapid, double figures! Rescue practice swiftly followed with all… Read more »