Spoken by a very wise 8 year old as she paddled across Loch Tay with Wee Adventures, one of the founding members of Perthshire Adventure, the Highland Perthshire Community Interest Company whose mission is to create innovative, exciting and handpicked experiences in spectacular landscapes for people of all ages – and fear-levels!
Launched in September 2020, the idea had been brewing between the founding partners for some time, but it was clear as we staggered out of lockdown, craving space and shared experiences, that the time to do it was now.
Sarah Turner of Wee Adventures, one of the founding partners explained, “People were – and still are – exhausted from the effects of the past year and I think a lot of people had time to really think about what mattered to them. A sense of connection is pretty much at the top of everyone’s list and we’re all seeking out shared experiences and, importantly, a way to rediscover the great outdoors.
“When we opened our kids summer Activity Days in April we sold out in 24 hours – it was incredible. I felt like we were running a music festival rather than summer camps! I know some of our other members are the same; you could see it as early
as Christmas. Vouchers for the Paddle Board and Whisky Tour were especially popular!”
The founding members Sarah talks about (see below) have over 100 years of shared experience in delivering outdoor adventures in Perthshire.
And as small, family run businesses, that sense of authenticity, passion and expertise shines through in the quality of the experience and the care with which they have approached this collective effort.
“We wanted to offer visitors to the area an amazing all-round experience and we knew that with our close community links we could provide wholeday packages that would help people find their perfect adventure and give them an opportunity to experience Perthshire’s incredible food and drink,and our captivating culture and heritage.”
The result is six preset adventures ranging from a slow SUP across Loch Freuchie to an exhilarating afternoon chasing waterfalls at Falls of Bruar.
This mix of gentle relaxed activity and adrenalinpumping thrills was created to ensure everyone found a way enjoy Perthshire at their own pace.
“So often we find that the word adventure is associated only with fast-paced, action-packed thrills but what we’ve found over the years is that we all have a yearning to get outdoors and soak up nature in a way that is different and meaningful. For some people that will mean peace, tranquillity and relaxation, for others it will be thrills, spills and adrenalin overload!
“This summer has offered a chance for people to reboot. When you’re out paddling on the water or mountain biking through Big Tree Country, everything else just slips away. You engage with the people around you, focus on what you’re doing, find yourself totally distracted by the beautiful scenery and utterly present in the moment. There’s simply no headspace for worrying about a to-do list!”
Perthshire Adventure was founded by Paddle Surf Scotland, The Canyoning Company, Outdoor Explore, Beyond Adventure, Progression Bikes, Still Going Strong and Wee Adventures.
Escape the ordinary by combining your own Wee Adventure by canoe with a journey into the Iron Age at the Scottish Crannog Centre on Loch Tay and lunch at The Paper Boat Cafe in Kenmore.
Wee Adventures exceptional outdoor experiences in Highland Perthshire.
Book a private tailor-made adventure with friends and family or escape for some you time on our Confident Canoe Courses or Adult Adventure Tasters. Entertain the kids with Activity Days, Brilliant Birthday Parties and monthly Adventure and Bike Clubs.
The Bruar canyoning experience is one you will remember forever and will leave you hooked on the sport! Combine it with lunch at The Blair Atholl Watermill and a walk up Glen Tilt.
The Canyoning Company lets you experience stunning waterfall abseils, adrenaline fuelled cliff jumps, natural flume slides and beautiful scenery.
Whether you're a family, corporate group, stag do or away with friends you will be guaranteed a thrilling experience. At the Canyoning Company we have unrivalled expertise, running canyoning experiences throughout Scotland.
Take a trip into the hills on an electric bike with a locally sourced packed lunch from The Scottish Deli in Dunkeld.
Progression Bikes is based in Dunkeld, catering for school and beginner groups, families, stags and hens, downhillers wanting uplifts with timing facilities, and even those looking for that epic day ride or bespoke training course.
There are plenty of great trails that go right from our shop.
From easy rides along by the river to half or full day rides into the hills, there are plenty of singletrack routes graded red or black, but it’s best to call in for some route advice or take a guide.
Take a fabulous guided kayak tour at Clunie Loch near Blairgowrie with Outdoor Explore. Sit, relax and learn about the amazing historical sites then refuel at The Cateran Cafe in Blairgowrie.
Go kayaking in Scotland with Outdoor Explore; Perth, Dundee, Pitlochry, Dunkeld, Blairgowrie and Kenmore.
These guided touring trips are wildlife, history or skills focused. Mountain biking, archery, indoor bouldering and hiking are offered as well.
Bespoke trips for small groups, families and individual explorers. When you are choosing Outdoor Explore's services you can expect a great time during fully tailored adventures.
Create the memory of a lifetime and experience the best Aberfeldy has to offer with Beyond Adventure and Dewar’s Aberfeldy Distillery
Beyond Adventure specialises in canoeing, kayaking, paddleboarding, hiking and mountain biking, Beyond Adventure can tailor any adventure to fit your needs.
Based on the banks of the majestic River Tay they can deliver day taster sessions, micro adventures and longer, more remote wilderness expeditions - Adventurous Activities for All!
Explore beautiful Loch Freuchie by paddle board after a coffee and book in the Birnam Reader.
Paddle Surf Scotland is one of Scotland's oldest and most experienced Stand Up Paddleboard providers. We offer Loch lessons for all abilities from beginner to experienced. River Tay trips from gentle paddles to whitewater and River Surfing. Regular SUP Yoga classes.
We can’t wait to welcome you to Perthshire and, as with the rest of Scotland, you are free to explore most of Perthshire’s outdoor land thanks to the Outdoor Access Code. This covers hills, moors, Munros, forests, lochsides, woods, rivers, and some farmland, and gives you rights to walk, cycle, climb, swim, watch wildlife and more.
All we ask is that you play your part when you visit. That way you can pass the landscape and your memories on for generations to come.
• Pick up your rubbish and other possessions.
• Aim for no-impact camping.
• Keep noise to a minimum.
• Don’t feed the wildlife.
• Buy local and eat local.
• Choose public transport or active travel.