Perthshire for Adrenaline Junkies
While Perthshire has much to offer for those visitors seeking a peaceful respite for the Summer – from culture geeks to country walkers – there’s also a whole world of thrills to be found if you want to try something a little wilder. Over the course of the past few years, the district has managed to secure a reputation as the go-to region in Scotland for adrenaline junkies, outdoor adventurers and everyone eager to take a walk on the wild side, with some of the most highly rated and qualified instructors in the field at your disposal. Highland Perthshire is the perfect backdrop for your adventuring – you can soak in the scenic sights right before you bungee jump off a bridge or white water raft down the river! We’ve compiled a list of some of the most interesting activities to try out for the most thrilling Summer ever. Everything’s within driving distance of Perth city too, making it an ideal base for your break.
The Pass of Killiecrankie is a beautiful wooded gorge with the River Garry flowing by its base. It’s one of the most striking views in the whole country, so why not take it in from a different angle – by plunging down 40 metres below with a bungee cord attached to your feet! The Highland Fling Bungee jump is the UK’s first static bungee jump, giving intrepid thrillseekers a once in a lifetime experience of a 50mph free fall that bounces you back.
The Highland Fling is a favourite with adrenaline junkies but is also popular for the more intrepid group weekend activity, including stag and hen parties, and many a charity fundraiser. So whether it’s your birthday, anniversary, family gathering or you’re just looking for a challenge, Highland Fling are there for you. You can bring along your supporters to cheer you on as well.
Highland Fling have a 2015 certificate of excellence from TripAdvisor as well as countless glowing testimonials from satisfied customers. It only costs £75 per jump, with a second jump by the same person on the same day only an extra £30. You can also make sure the moment is recorded for history – and bragging purposes – through photos or video. Whatever package you want, Highland Fling can accommodate. Check out their website for more details.
White Water Rafting
There are ten rivers in Perthshire, perfect for a gentle paddle, but for those looking for something with more force, the River Tay can’t be beaten, and has been a favourite destination for white water rafters for many years. Highland Fling offer a six mile run from Aberfeldy to Grandtully that’s ideal for families (children over 8) and groups, no experience necessary.
White Water Rafting Scotland also operate on the area, with routes available on both the Rivers Tay and Tummel. Choose your level, from a less hectic mild river run to fast and furious white knuckle rapids and drops. Their top qualified instructors will ensure you have the safest experience possible. Book online and combine with a variety of other outdoor activities for a top weekend away or jam packed holiday, or to pick up gift vouchers, valid for up to a year.
Nae Limits, the 4 star activity experience as featured on television adverts for Visit Scotland, also offers exceptional white water rafting expeditions on the Tay and Tummel, with the River Orchy offering one of the most extreme rating experiences in the country – class 5 rapids guaranteed!
Aqualining & Cliff Jumping
New to Scotland, thanks to Nae Limits, aqualining is like a tightrope walk with a twist. Take the trek across the river by walking the slackline, keeping your balance in check as you do so, and see who can get from one side to the other the fastest. Then, after some training and a confidence building session of wild swimming, sliding and launching, take the plunge and cliff dive! This is a great activity for those with a little more bravado who want to try something more obscure.
Canyoning & Gorge Walking
Whether you choose the horizontal or vertical path, there’s an exhilarating route waiting for you. Gorge walking is the more straightforward route; a walk up or down a river, including all the leaps and slides necessary. Canyoning is the more challenging task, where the only way is down. There are plenty of paths on offer across Perthshire, both with Nae Limits and Vertical Descents, and both organisations provide appropriate training. Nae Limits offers half and full day packages to push you to your very limits. Check out both websites to find the experience best for you.
Perthshire, with its rugged landscape and rolling hills, offers the ideal terrain for a thrilling quad biking experience. There are a variety of places across the region you can visit to try it out for yourself, each with their own attractions and recommendations. Nae Limits’ quad biking estate covers an incredible 1000 acres of farmland, complete with tricky ditches and hills to navigate, while Perthshire Offroad’s miles long trails neat Glenfarg combine the beauty of the landscape with the challenge of the route. Your needs come first, and each place will work to mould an experience suited to your abilities, desires and group size, making it ideal for everyone from families to hen and stag dos and corporate parties. While Summer offers the (hopefully) warmest journey, quad biking is available all year round, regardless of the weather. So even if it pours down on your visit, you won’t go away disappointed.
Ever wanted to see if your Call of Duty skills transfer to the real world? Nothing brings a group together quite like warfare, and paintballing allows for all the thrill of combat with none of the mortal wounds (although we can’t promise you won’t be a tad bruised by the end of it all). Test out your strategy skills and see if you can make the killer shot. Nae Limits and Paintball Perth are the top two providers of the activity in the region and both will provide you with full body protection, a gun and enough paintballs to ensure your enemies truly fear you.
Hot Air Balloon Rides
The city of Perth is one with a rich and beautiful history, with stunning architecture and enviable views of the surrounding district. So what better way to see it than in a hot air balloon ride? Virgin Balloon Flights offer luxurious packages that include a 3 to 4 hour experience in the air, with a champagne toast to make the occasion that bit more special.
Whether you’re bringing your own bike up or looking to give it a go for the first time, there are many great places across Perthshire for mountain biking. Comrie Croft is fast becoming one of the go to destinations for bikers, with over 87km of routes to take (all of which can also be hiked if you’d prefer something a little less strenuous). At Comrie Croft you can try out your talents on the mountain bike skills park and pump track, which is completely free to try. Bike hire is available nearby as are amenities for washing your bike and yourselves, plus tea, coffee and delicious cakes are available in the nearby tearoom, making for the perfect end of the day treat. Check out their website for more information.
There are no fewer than 16 mountain biking routes across Highland Perthshire, and riders can take comfort in knowing that their subsequent landowners have approved the routes. You can pick the route to your level of difficulty, with easier treks for the novices and real challenges for the experts. If you’re interested in the full map of routes, Develop Mountain Biking in Scotland have helpfully provided a series of downloadable cards on their website.