UK activity holidays for all kinds of thrill-seekers

UK's best fun-filled adventure tours

Are you an adventure seeker travelling alone, with family, or a group of friends? Find out how you can turn your weekends into the ultimate activity holidays in the UK. Some actions take place in far-off locations and the forests, while others are best enjoyed in the waters. There are opportunities to hike, walk, kayak, canoe, and cycle, among other outdoor thrills.

  1. Kayaking Holidays UK
  2. Hiking Holidays UK
  3. Cycling Holidays UK
  4. Canoeing Holidays UK
  5. Water Sports Holidays UK
  6. Multi-Activity Weekends UK

The United Kingdom is blessed with magnificent backcountry. The towering cliffs of Scotland and Wales, the magnificent coastlines of Northern Ireland, and the rolling hills of England, guarantee the best adventure holidays UK. Not to mention, Great Britain is threaded with rivers and waters of every kind. So, grab your gear and conjure up a sense of adventure because you are about to have a mind-bending getaway.

1. Kayaking Holidays UK

There are a handful of rivers and beaches to kayak including beginner-friendly sites. A great destination to kick off your adventure weekends UK is the Torrido region in Scotland. Combine your kayaking skills with gentle hikes. Spend a couple of days here if you want to hone your paddling skills on the remote bays and the untouched islands on the west coast of Scotland. While you're there, consider a guided walk at Gairloch village to spot porpoises, whales, and sea eagles. You can also try sit-on-top sea kayaking at Swansea, South Wales. Here, you'll see the Gower peninsula from a new angle as you catch sight of the best marine life. Mumbles and Oxwich Beach are some of the top destinations in Swansea for sit-on-top kayaking offering beginner, intermediate, and advanced levels.

Suitable for: 16-year-olds and above

Important tip: Try on lifejackets and wetsuits and follow safety briefings

2. Hiking Holidays UK

Have you tried the rugged Yorkshire Dales for activity holidays UK for couples? With an experienced guide, expect the best walking trips with breaks at Malham, an ancient village surrounded by dry-stone walls and limestone. Enjoy great views from Simon's Seat, the prominent peak made of millstone grit. On the other hand, you can have the ocean all to yourself if you to the south-west coast in Cornwall. The Lizard, a 630-miles hiking route along the coastline, is full of twists and turns. Start from Minehead, Somerset and end at Poole Harbour, Dorset. Though busy in summer, you'll still enjoy some hidden coves whenever you need a refreshing dip.

Suitable for: All ages

Important tip: Find like-minded adventures and use an interactive map

3. Cycling Holidays UK

When it comes to UK activity holidays for singles, a rich and varied terrain makes the perfect condition for cycle touring. Whether you like challenging climbs or gentle rides with kids, bike riding is the easiest way to have fun with your folks. Consider cycling with your loved one through an easy stretch in the Great Orme, Wales. Running just 8km, the short route covers a limestone headland above the Llandudno, a seaside town whose name literally means sea monster. Most cyclists choose destinations based on elevation gain. However, the New Forest in Hampshire compares to none because most of the southern National Park lies flat. If you are very fast or want to complete your first-century ride, this could be the best route. The New Forest trails are quiet and you'll not miss local wildlife, not to mention the region is a natural habitat for moorland ponies.

Suitable for: Couples

Important tip: Research before setting off in the morning. Note the campsite you might pass by

4. Canoeing Holidays UK

Some of the top rivers to canoe along in the UK are found in Scotland; one being River Tay, the longest river in Scots. If you have enough room in your travel plan, canoe River Tay in sections beginning at Ben Lui slopes on your way to Loch Tay, the main starting point of the river. Go ahead and explore Dundee and the point at which River Tay empties into the sea (Firth of Tay). A short distance from Loch Tay is a popular canoeing spot known as Aberfeldy, offering beginner options on the Loch and nearby rapids. If you feel confident enough, try River Spey, which is more technical with a variety of Grade 2 rapids. The river is famed for high-quality salmon and, yes, it's a good site for canoeing.

Suitable for: Adults

Important tip: Get in touch with canoeing clubs or groups seeking similar adventures

5. Water Sports Holidays UK

You are never far away from water sports in Northern Ireland, given that it lies between the Irish Sea and the Atlantic. There are many old shipwrecks for diving adventures as well as submarine life in clear waters to explore. Miss coasteering clifftops, coves, and castles? To enjoy the body-surfing waves, climb up the cliffs and fling into the deep ocean from a staggering 20ft above at the Causeway Coast in Portrush. If you are new to this sport, join enthusiast teams to lead you. When you are done jumping and whooping, get some wakeboarding action at Carryduff where there are fully-fledged cable-pulled kneeboards and wakeboards. Rentals are available on-site and you can join classes at any level. Later, visit the longest beach in Northern Ireland - Portstewart - for a windsurfing adventure. Steady waves and soft sands make it easy to surf and there's enough room to manoeuvre away from day-trippers and bathers. Spend the night in one of the luxury bedrooms offering views of the spectacular waves.

Suitable for: Beginners and experienced coasteering fans

Important tip: Hire gloves, boots, helmets, and wetsuits

6. Multi-Activity Weekends UK

With multi-activity breaks in the UK, even the busiest families should get satisfaction. It is all about incorporating several high-quality plans into your travel itinerary and making the most of each day. These may involve walking, mountain climbing, swimming, and so on. Climbing Snowdon is the perfect choice for adventurers of any ability. Just bring some enthusiasm to take you around England and Wale's highest mountain as you soak in excellent views across Snowdonia National Park. No matter the route you take, expect to see blue mountain lakes as you walk under the shadows of the crags. Some hikers take the challenge to raise funds for charity with sponsorship packs. If you are seeking UK activity holidays for families, take an exciting weekend getaway to the north Pembrokeshire coast in Wales. Surf, paddle, jump, or walk through the landscape as you reconnect with your loved ones. Breathe fresh Atlantic air in a backdrop adorned with aquamarine waters. Encounter sea caves, diving peregrines, and a secret smugglers cove to make lifetime memories on the Pembrokeshire Coast. Try sea kayaking and paddling under the sea cliffs while gazing into the aquatic world below, wildlife, and the unspoilt coastal scene. In the evening, gather your family around a bonfire to stargaze while sipping Pembrokeshire beer.

Suitable for: Family fun

Important tip: Dint miss a full Welsh breakfast with cawl (Welsh soup) and crusty bread

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