5 days...

2 people...

1 dog...

The adventure opportunities in Scotland are limitless. We had to really scale it back and pick the main things we wanted to do and pack the right equipment in order to make this achievable. We love an adventure....but realistically it needs to be affordable so we try our best to take as much of our own kit (which we have built up over the years) possible.

 

We had to also consider cheaper accommodation options. Collecting codes in the Daily Mail around January helped fund our caravan which was the perfect base for us. We stayed in Park Dean's Tummel Valley holiday park and enjoyed a deluxe caravan offering all we needed for a week of adventure.

Kit List

These are just some of the main things we pack to support an adventure holiday. Obviously other things get packed, but there's no point us making a list on the obviouses like packing your pants and a good pair of socks. Here are, in our opinion, some 'must haves' on a holiday filled with action and fun.

  • Inflatable Sevylor kayak​ (2 man)

  • SUP - ours didn't arrive in time so we hired this

  • Bikes - helmets

  • Camera - never miss a moment

  • Disposable BBQ

  • GoPro and accessories

  • Dog booties

  • Life jackets and one for Pepper

  • OS maps

  • Walking boots

  • Day sacks

  • Camel back

  • Dry bag

  • Wetsuits

  • Aqua neoprene shoes

We were based in the Tummel Valley which is on the cusp of the Cairngorms and only 20 minutes from Kenmore. We managed to get a discounted caravan holiday through the Daily Mail and spent around £150 for 4 nights away making our trip really affordable.

Day 1: We went for a nice walk along the river Tay to stretch the legs after a long drive up. Then we found a little cove where we could set up the kayak to venture on to Loch Tay. We managed to squeeze the car on to the side of the road and take our gear on to the shoreside. Once the kayak was ready and Pepper had her boots on we were all ready to climb aboard. The loch is nice and quiet if you go in the afternoon/early evening and you can enjoy its endless size and the overpowering views of the mountains. 

 

Day 2: We hired our SUP from the marina and decided to go for the XL version. This was Pepper's first time on the SUP and we thought it would be fun for the three of us to fit on together without worrying too much about one of us (or all of us) falling in. The SUP does fit 8 people on it so we were left with lots of space which felt really good. Pepper loved it so much she even lay down and had a little snooze. After we went for a nice waterfall walk called the Falls of Acharn. It's only an hours walk, but it feels tucked away at the edge of the village making it feel a hidden gem.

Day 3: Ben Nevis. The....big...climb. We hit Ben Nevis around 12:00pm and it was very busy. A great climb with endless views which leave you feeling inspired despite the hot sensation creeping up your quads! If you want more details on this walk check this out.

Day 4:  Kayaking down River Tay experiencing some of the best Scottish scenery and low grade rapids (2s and 3s). We started in Kenmore and kayaked all the way to Aberfeldy which is about 7 miles. We managed this in the Sevylor as the river level was deep enough. *Paws for thought* Before going out in the inflatable always check the river level to see if it is deep enough to not get knocked about. To see the route click here.

By the afternoon we fancied a bit of wild swimming in the loch to relax after a morning of activities.Suited in wetsuits and ready to dive right in we enjoyed our swim in the loch which felt a cool but comfortable enough temperature for late May.Pepper loved swimming with us and could enjoy going out further into the loch with the comfort of her life jacket on giving her the confidence to go a little deeper.

At the top end of the loch there are lots of picnic benches with bbq rests on which rounded off our day. Enjoy a sunset bbq overlooking the mountains and munching on some halloumi and pepper kebabs.

Day 5: On the last day we enjoyed a highlands mountain bike ride which left us feeling amazing. We are so used to trail centres that to actually head up in the wild, rugged highlands felt incredible. To have such peace and excitement all in one place was beyond words. This is a definite ride to include as you can extend it once you get in to Dull Wood, following all the different tracks that lead to other majestic areas. The initial climb is a long 2 miles...but take your time and once you're at the top it is well worth the effort.Click here for more details.

Happiness is only real when shared - Christopher McCandless

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The Weekend Warriors 2018