Friday, 25 November 2011
Friday, 7 October 2011
The October school holidays are almost upon us again! It only seems like yesterday that the children were off school for the long summer holidays - and now you'll be called on to by Chief Entertainer again. But don't worry, we have a list of great ideas to keep the kids (and mums and dads) busy and active in the October school break.
Wednesday, 3 August 2011
It seems so hard to believe – especially when you live in Scotland – but research has revealed that half of Brits claim they are just too busy to enjoy the beauty of Britain. Apparently, it's their work and home lives that take up too much time, and this leaves them unable to get out into our great outdoors, and enjoy what the countryside has to offer.
The study by One Poll found that almost two-thirds of people say that they take the beauty of the countryside for granted, while just over half feel they are caught up in the same old routine and can't find the time to take notice of rural surroundings.
But does it really require a huge effort to get outdoors and into the countryside? We don't think so. There are a multitude of simple ways for you to enjoy a little nature. And all too often you don't have to travel that far to enjoy the outdoors.
Most people in Scotland live within a short drive or train journey of fabulous countryside. And even within the boundaries of towns and cities there are a host of places where you can see wildlife or enjoy a rural-style wander. One great new campaign is the Scottish Natural Heritage's campaign Simple Pleasures, Easily Found. This website and guide reveals many places within Scottish cities where you can walk or cycle in pockets of greenery, and discover a wealth of natural treasures, including lovely rivers, birds, wild animals and gorgeous plant life.
Another way to easily access the countryside is via the ever widening network of walking and cycling paths created by Sustrans. Many routes head from villages, towns and cities into the countryside or through urban areas on canal towpaths or river banks.
Why not agree a day once every month or so when you and the whole family go to the coast or walk a hill? If the date is marked in your diary then there is a much greater chance that you will all take the opportunity to get away from the house and enjoy the great outdoors.
As a treat, you could book an adventure activity once every few months. Or book a week's break in Scotland and join a range of adventure activity sessions, perhaps climbing, coasteering or canyoning. It needn't break the bank and in any case it's difficult to put a price on the benefits of quality family time.
Wednesday, 18 May 2011
The study by Gocompare.com revealed that more than half of those asked are keen to try new sports and reported that their playcation would be their main holiday.
One reason for taking a more active holiday is to “spend time with family”. It seems that because busy home and work lives have a major impact on the amount of time spent being together as a family, many parents are now keen to get away for an all-inclusive children and adult activity holiday.
Another factor is that many parents now believe that children aren’t satisfied by a lie-by-the-pool vacation. Instead they are keen to try holidays with their kids that include hiking, cycling, canoeing and horse riding.
The more daring also said they will be doing assault courses, climbing and archery or shooting while on holiday.
Highway 2 Adventure is delighted that more families are planning an active holiday. Owner and instructor Mike McLaggan says: “It's great that so many families are planning adventure holidays as a way of getting together and trying something different. Being outdoors and having fun is such a great way to spend time together."
Friday, 6 May 2011
Tuesday, 19 April 2011
With summer now warming Scotland's great outdoors, and a wealth of long weekends and holidays, now is the time to book a water-based adventure. Whatever your experience or aspirations, Scotland's rivers, lochs and coast offer numerous opportunities for lots of fun. Here we bring you a guide to great water-based outdoor activities for a range of people:
Thursday, 7 April 2011
Spring is here! Most children are off school – or are about to break up for their Easter holidays – so how about planning a great quality day out in Scotland? Scotland's great outdoors is the ideal environment for enjoying some family time together and there is little to beat a few fun and adrenaline-fuelled activities.
Tuesday, 8 March 2011
If you thought that the gorgeous gorges and rivers of Angus, Perthsire and Aberdeenshire were just for looking at then you will not have found out about the fun of gorge walking. Certainly these picturesque locations set in the heart of some of Scotland’s best scenery make great eye candy for visitors but they also provide the ideal setting for the great water-based activity of gorge walking.
Gorge walking is an adventure pursuit that sees participants – dressed warmly in wetsuits – walking and swimming through rivers and down waterfalls.
Getting wet is all part of the entertainment with this activity that is ideal for children and adults.
The idea is to walk, swim and traverse from A to B along a gorge chosen by the experts at Highway2Adventure for its safety and range of natural features. Once in the water you can expect to slide down water rapids and over huge rocks, swim in washing-machine style frothy water, whizz down water flumes, jump from rocks into deep pools and generally enjoy an adventure with a difference.
Gorge walking is ideal for anyone aged over 12. It's important that you can swim and that you have a bit of confidence in the water. Apart from this the instructors at Highway2Adventure will show you all you need to know, such as how to jump off rocks safely.
Many families enjoy gorge walking but it would also suit a group for a birthday, a stag or hen celebration or a corporate day out.
Thursday, 17 February 2011
Doing activities as part of a family is shown to have a very positive affect on children and their relationship with their parents. Research has revealed over and again that family activities promote relationship bonding and increase communication. And, of course, being active with your family is a great deal of fun. But we all have busy lives so it’s not always that simple to create time to enjoy activities as a family group. Here we bring you a guide to making more time for activities with your family.
Plan ahead: Put a large wall chart-style family calendar up in your home and get every member to write in their commitments and personal activities. This way you will be able to clearly see when everyone has space to get together as a family group. If you mark on a fun activity that the whole family will be doing then it also gives everyone something to look forward to.
Getting out and about: Fresh air and exercise are vital for healthy and fit children so make sure that you find time every weekend or holiday for an outdoors adventure. Allowing each family member to choose their favourite walk route, bike ride (and café stop) will keep everyone smiling. And as a holiday treat why not book a totally new outdoors activity such as kayaking, mountain biking or climbing?
Friday, 4 February 2011
Coasteering is a fun and exciting activity that sees participants of all ages navigating their way along sections of Scotland’s gorgeous shoreline. Coasteering takes in a range of pursuits, including swimming, jumping, scrambling, climbing and seashore traversing.
The chances are you'll encounter Zawns (rock slots that cut into sea cliffs), Buffer Zones (the swell drop-offs behind rock outcrops) and Pour Overs (areas where waves push over boulders).
No two coasteering trips are ever the same because of differing weather and sea conditions and Highway 2 Adventure can tailor trips to suit different adrenaline desires or ages.
Why Highway 2 Adventure?: The east coast of Scotland offers a fabulous setting for coasteering adventures. The scenery is wonderful and coasteering offers a great way to explore some remote and hard-to-get-to places set amid stunning scenery. You may also be lucky enough to catch sight of some of Scotland’s wildlife, including seabirds, seals and dolphins.
Who will enjoy coasteering?: Participants should be able to swim and have a sense of adventure but you do not have to do anything you do not feel comfortable with. Everyone is shown how to safely jump into pools or make a traverse so all you need to do is let yourself go and have some fun.
Why not ask about Highway2Adventure's bespoke hen and stag do coasteering trips or coasteering for family groups? Highway2Adventure can tailor trips for families to suit ages and desires.
What's more: A coasteering trip usually takes place in spring or summer and participants will wear wetsuits for warmth.Other kit that is provided incudes buoyancy aid, boots and helmet. You’ll need to wear a swimsuit underneath. A session lasts around 2 hours and is priced from around £35 per person.
Go on..why not give this fun outdoors adventure activity a go this spring or summer?
Wednesday, 26 January 2011
Scotland has become renowned worldwide as a top destination for outdoor adventure seekers. Thanks to the stunning and varied landscape, as well as the enthusiasm and expertise of outdoor activity providers and instructors, people come from across the UK and overseas to enjoy easy access to a wealth of fun outdoor pursuits.
Situated in the beautiful southern Cairngorm National Park, yet still close to the vibrant city of Dundee, we reckon Highway2Adventure is in one of the best locations to offer a wealth of outdoor activities, and for all ages and desires.
We enjoy a fabulous coastline on our doorstep with numerous sandy beaches, coves and cliffs.
The shoreline is ideal for adventures such as coasteering, sea kayaking and climbing. Here you’ll also find lots of Scottish wildlife, including seabirds and marine life.
Inland within the Cairngorms National Park are the green and rolling hills of Angus Glens. Waterfalls, rivers, moors and mountains offer the perfect terrain for outdoor activities, including canyoning, gorge walking, climbing/abseiling and mountain biking.
What are you waiting for? Why not book your next trip to Scotland and join us for a great outdoors adventure?