As an endurance athlete and adrenalin junkie, London-based outdoor blogger Sophie Radcliffe isn’t one to shy away from a challenge.
Her international adventures have included cycling from London to Paris in 24 hours and climbing Mont Blanc, but more recently her passion for the great outdoors has been focused on challenges closer to home.
Partnering with Caledonian Sleeper, Sophie has taken on the rolling hills and mountain trails of Scotland, making the most of the country’s scenic landscapes and dramatic backdrops. Book your Journey of a Night Time now with Caledonian Sleeper.
Her first Scottish challenge started in Aviemore...
It’s early morning and I’ve just stepped off the Caledonian Sleeper onto the station platform in Aviemore. I take a deep breath and smile, realising that I’ve escaped the hustle and bustle of London and I’m now in the Cairngorms for the first time, ready to explore the region’s jaw-dropping scenery.
I’m here with my close friend and fellow outdoor enthusiast Max and we’ve decided to head off into the wilderness for the day. Mountain bikes seem to be the best option so we hire a couple from Avonglen Holiday Home and head for Loch Morlich.
A freshwater loch surrounded by greenery and sandy beaches, this is the perfect place to soak up the area’s silence, beauty and peace. There’s so much amazing scenery to explore here so I make a mental note to return with a picnic one day.
I live in London and have been taking the Caledonian Sleeper for short breaks in Scotland for the past few years. I find there’s nothing quite like a mini-break to escape the wrath of city life and find tranquillity.
It’s day two and after a good night’s sleep at Avonglen Holiday Home we’re set for our next adventure – a full day bagging three Munros with Scot Mountain Holidays.
Max and I teamed up with Active Outdoor Pursuits to start our canyoning adventure at the edge of Oova Canyon just a 30 minute drive from Aviemore. I took the plunge to go first and after a deep breath let myself go with the force of the water. I must admit that a little squeal did come out when I hit the icy cold water but the feeling was exhilarating.
Canyoning with Active Outdoor Pursuits
We spent two hours sliding and jumping down stretches of the river before abseiling down a close by waterfall.
We caught the Caledonian Sleeper back to London that evening and after a comfortable night’s sleep I was back in London on Monday by 8am ready to start my working week.
Read more about Sophie’s adventures and plan your next Scottish outdoor pursuit with Caledonian Sleeper.