Why not try an adventure holiday staycation this year and see the best home has to offer? From rugged sea kayaking in Scotland, diving in Devon, survival schools in Cumbria, and cycling the wild Atlantic way in Northern Ireland. There’s something for every adrenaline junkie. We’ve put together the best adventure holiday ideas in the UK to give you some inspiration.
Swim and sail around the Isles of Scilly
There is nothing more adventurous than taking part in wild swimming. You will have plenty of opportunities this seven-day trip around the Isles of Scilly and Cornish coast, dubbed the English riviera. Relax and unwind in splendour on a spectacular tall ship, adding to the sense of mystery and adventure. This trip is not for novice swimmers, it is challenging in nature, even though you are guided through each swim. You will need to be an experienced swimmer and ready to throw caution to the wind! Find out more about this type of tour at swim treck.
Blokarting in Jersey
Struggling to grasp blokarting? We hadn’t heard of it either, but a windy Jersey day is the perfect setting for this activity. Jump into a go-kart with a sail and let the wind blow you across the sands of St Quen’s Bay. The blokart is steered like a bike and Absolute Adventures promise it will take just ten minutes to get to grips with the controls. This will leave you with plenty of time to zoom across the sand before the tide comes in.
Go Diving at Scapa Flow
The waters at Scapa Flow encompass five of the Orkney Islands – Mainland, Graemsay, Burray, South Ronaldsay and Hoy. These waters are a haven for shipwrecks and offer some of the best diving spots in Europe. You can dive to the shipwrecks, no matter what your level of expertise and can spot German shipwrecks dating back to the First World War. If that’s not enough, you can also get your PADI qualification by doing a diving course! It’s the perfect combination for anyone after underwater adventure.
River Tubing in Perthshire
Experience the adrenaline thrill of tubing in the heart of Perthshire. Enjoy a four-activity weekend which can include tubing, cliff jumping, white-water rafting, quad biking and clay pigeon shooting. There are plenty of B&B locations nearby to steady your nerves and prepare yourself for another day of throwing the gauntlet.
Caving In The Peak District
Not for those who are claustrophobic, caving in the Peak District is the best holiday from modern technology. No one can reach you deep underground, so forget about replying to your emails and scrolling on Twitter, you’ll be spending the day navigating through underground ancient waterways.
Cable Wakeboarding In The New Forest
Always wanted to try your hand at wakeboarding. Well now you can in the New Forest. Cable schools – a line around a lake – have made this sport accessible and this is the ideal place for beginners.
Sea Kayaking In Scotland
There is nothing more exciting that taking in the wilderness of Scotland from the sea. Not only will you take in the breath-taking coastal areas of Knoydart, Plockton and the now famous Isle of Skye, you will be enjoying the ultimate vantage point from the sea.
Cycling The Atlantic Highway
Seven days, 920km, one entire island, end to end. Sounds like the ultimate challenge to anyone looking a cyclying adventure! This is the MizMal, a cycle from the top of Northern Ireland all the way down to the southern tip of the Republic of Ireland. It’s so called because you kick things off at Mizen Head and end at Malin Head. Getting to experience the delights of the entire western coast of Ireland, known as the Atlantic Highway from start to finish.
Surfing in Snowdonia
Forget Hawaii, South Africa and Tahiti, the perfect waves can be found in Wales. This is Surf Snowdonia, the head-high wave that peels perfectly for 150 metres in a manmade lagoon nestled in Conwy Valley. Enjoy a day of hitting the surf before crashing out in an onsite glamping pod. The perfect surfing holiday come rain or shine.
Survival Training In Cumbria
Put your skills to the test with survival training in Cumbria. Do you reckon you have what it takes to stay in the wilderness without electricity, beloved 4G and a phone signal? Woodsmoke’s the place to go to try your hand at learning survival skills. These two-day, three-day and seven-day bush craft breaks in the Lake District teach you everything you need to thrive, from DIY bow-making to foraging.
Written by Sarah McCann, Blog Writer for My Baggage a luggage delivery company based in the UK.