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Activity Holidays

Activity Holidays

Looking for activity holiday ideas in Scotland? Our hostelling holidays with a difference are a great way to learn new skills, keep active and meet new people. From walking and kayaking to cycling and photography there are a variety of holidays to tempt you.

Led by fully qualified, experienced instructors SYHA activity holidays are suitable for all levels of experience and fitness. Groups are kept small, allowing you to take full advantage of the instructor’s expertise and local area knowledge.

Try something different today! See below for our full list of activity holidays and be sure to book early to avoid disappointment.

Torridon Winter Munros & Winter Walking Skills

Torridon Winter Munros & Winter Walking Skills

Three day winter skills course based in Torridon, with a local, qualified winter mountain leader. On the first day you will revise, or be taught how to use an ice axe and crampons, perform self-arrest and look at the snowpack. Our choice of location will depend on prevailing weather conditions but typically would be on Beinn Eighe. On the second day of this course one of the classic winter …

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Torridon Tai Chi

Torridon Tai Chi

SYHA Hostelling Scotland is offering the chance to experience the gentle exercise of Tai Chi in the spectacular surroundings of Torridon in the remote North West Highlands. This weekend is aimed at everyone from complete beginners who’ve never tried Tai Chi before to those who have been studying for years. The Highland Tai Chi Festival is a gathering of some of the best Tai chi instructors in the …

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Torridon Munro Walking (3 or 7 days)

Torridon Munro Walking (3 or 7 days)

Torridon Munros - 3 or 7 Days Book now for 2016! Based at Torridon Youth Hostel and working with our local partners Nineonesix Guiding. The aim is to provide an enjoyable, challenging experience which will build your skills in this wild landscape. There are options to try scrambling or to improve on your current knowledge. This holiday has no more than 5 participants at any one time which gives …

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Handful of Islands

Handful of Islands

Five islands in four days - Kerrera, Lismore, Luing, Mull, Iona. Pure, cool magic! From our base in the buzzing island supply port of Oban, we venture forth daily to collect another one or even two. They’re all different, special and unforgettable. Easy paced strolling will allow us to absorb the character, store the views, and create memories. You’ve just got to go there. Travel: Mini-bus from …

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Skye Munros

Skye Munros

Skye Munros 2016 The Cuillin on the Isle of Skye is a group of mountains that emerge straight out of the Atlantic.  Their location and ruggedness attract many climbers and walkers from all over the world. These stunning mountains can be daunting and intimidating to those lacking experience to enjoy them.  Our guided trip allows you to take on that challenge in a safe and responsible way.  Our …

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Cape Wrath and NW Highlands

Cape Wrath and NW Highlands

Between Ullapool, the attractive fishing and ferry port, and Cape Wrath, the most north-westerly point of the mainland, lies a unique corner of Scotland. The scenery here is like nothing you have ever seen before. Towering, strangely shaped mountains appear to stick up out of nowhere; curious sea stacks and precipitous cliffs play host to countless birds; the ancient weathered moorland lies …

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The Cape Wrath Trail

The Cape Wrath Trail

Very achievable, definitely adventurous, continuous trek, from Fort William in the heart of the Highlands, to Cape Wrath, the north west tip of the UK mainland; about 225 miles of fascinating wild landscapes and ever changing vistas in 17 one day stages. (No need to stay in tents or bothies, or to carry heavy kit; daily support is provided). It's hard to believe there is so much wild, untamed …

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Nevis Sea to Summit

Nevis Sea to Summit

Between relatively inaccessible Loch Nevis and Ben Nevis the highest mountain in the UK, lies a string of interlinking wild routes that makes a perfect walking  challenge. We’ll take a boat to the head of the loch to get started, and then cross wild passes day by day, reaching Loch Arkaig, Glenfinnan, Loch Linnhe and Glen Nevis (with the help of another boat), before making our mountain ascent to …

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West Coast Cycling Grand Tour

West Coast Cycling Grand Tour

The majestic landscape of the north-west Highlands enables us to offer one of our most challenging and rewarding Scottish cycle touring holidays. Led by experienced guides, Andy and Scott from Venture Mor, you will experience Scotland’s varied landscape at its absolute best and take in some of its most unspoilt locations staying in some of SYHA’s unique sites such as Gairloch Sands, Achmelvich …

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Cairngorm Peaks and Passes

Cairngorm Peaks and Passes

The Cairngorm Mountains form the largest area of high ground in the UK. This trip uses ancient hill tracks and drovers' trails to get from the Angus Glens, on the south east side, to majestic Glen More, on the north west side of the mountain massif. Classic high passes like the Kilbo Pass, Jock's Road and the Lairig Ghru are traversed on the journey across the mountains. Three mountain days allow …

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West Coast Sea Kayak Journey

West Coast Sea Kayak Journey

This unique Sea Kayaking trip begins by taking in the stunning shores of Loch Torridon, surrounded by epic mountains made of some of the oldest rock in the world.  Incorporating paddling towards Shieldaig, landing at Inverbain to include a walk on the “Coffin Road” on the 2nd day which offers stunning vistas of your eventual journeys end at the foot of the Black Cuillin on the Isle of Skye. …

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Isle of Skye Photography Weekend

Isle of Skye Photography Weekend

The Isle of Skye’s second largest settlement, Broadford, lies in the shadow of the Red Cuillin mountains and spreads itself along the southern side of Broadford Bay. Views over the bay extend out to the Isle of Pabay and more distantly to the Applecross mountains on the mainland.  Broadford is also a good location to try and spot some wildlife such as otter and seals.  Image taken any by Karl …

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