Summer is almost upon us which can mean only one thing: it’s time to enjoy the great outdoors.
From cycling through Highland glens to canoeing across Aviemore’s lochs, Scotland offers a range of activities which can be enjoyed against some of the country’s most iconic backdrops. Inspiring busy Londoners to escape the hustle and bustle of their daily lives, Caledonian Sleeper has listed its top awakening experiences in Scotland helping guests to relax, rewind and refresh this summer.
Board the overnight rail service in Euston station before waking up the next morning in Scotland’s breath-taking scenery and make the most of the country’s wild landscapes.
The Great Glen Way
The spring and summer months provide the perfect opportunity to cycle the Great Glen Way which begins in Inverness. Stretching 73 miles across the Highlands, cyclists can enjoy the route taking in the sights of Loch Ness, Urquhart Castle and Caledonian Canal, stopping for a rest in some of the area’s towns and villages such as Fort Augustus and Gairlochy.
A three day itinerary is recommended for this trip and is supported by Ticket to Ride who offer a one-way bike hire service allowing visitors to pick up their bikes in Inverness and drop them off in Fort William.
Travel with Caledonian Sleeper to Inverness to enjoy The Great Glen Way. For more information about Ticket to Ride, visit www.tickettoridehighlands.co.uk
Sail Along the Firth of Forth
Hundreds of people travel across the iconic Forth Bridge and Forth Road Bridge everyday but few have the chance to sail under them. Based at Port Edgar in South Queensferry, Edinburgh Boat Charters offer a unique range of sailing experiences along the Firth of Forth providing the opportunity to get up close to Scotland’s famous bridges. Starting from £75 per person, visitors can learn the ropes on a half or full day course or relax on an evening cruise whilst taking in the sights of nearby wildlife and uninhabited islands.
Depart Caledonian Sleeper at Edinburgh Waverley railway station before taking a short bus journey to South Queensferry. To find out more, visit www.edinburghboatcharters.com
Steall Falls and the Nevis Gorge
Claimed as one of the best short walks in Scotland, the route through Nevis Gorge offers dramatic and beautiful scenery leading to the thundering Steall Falls.
The route starts at Nevis Gorge car park, which is a twenty minute drive from Fort William railway station serviced by Caledonian Sleeper, and covers over 4.5km of countryside filled with wildflowers and trickling streams.
The path towards the end of the route narrows before opening out to offer views of the waterfall An Steall, the third highest fall in Scotland at 105 metres. The waterfall is well known and has featured in blockbusters such as Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. To find out more, visit www.ben-nevis.com.
Watersports on Loch Morlich
The peaceful setting of Loch Morlich near Aviemore offers a variety of water sport activities. Located ten miles from Aviemore railway station in the heart of Cairngorms National Park, Loch Morlich Watersports caters for a full day of fun experiences at the beach in the foot of the mountains.
Visitors can try their hand at windsurfing or improve their kayaking or canoeing skills before enjoying a selection of sandwiches and home baking at the nearby Boathouse Café where changing rooms and toilets can also be found. For more information, visit www.lochmorlich.com.
To find out more about the Caledonian Sleeper or to make a reservation, visit sleeper.scot