I use to go canyoning in Slovenia and have been done it in Dominic Republic as well. This time my work is to busy to take some time off however I felt I needed something. Canyoning in Scotland? Have a look.
I found a team, Action Adventure Activities. Bought a voucher and booked a date. They have many availability to the time that suits you best. I booked a Sunday afternoon end of June.
Driving to Stirlingshire, slightly raining and I’m thinking, am I right in my head? Arrived to middle of nowhere and got a warm welcome by the organizer. Ok, let’s get ready! Instructions: sign the paper that basically says if you don’t corporate you can get hurt, choose 2 wetsuits, a helmet and life jacket, change and hand over your car keys. Yes. 2 wetsuits. It’s Scotland. It’s so freezing even end of June! Like 2 wetsuits helps. While I was changing at my car, feel the nature, was thinking why on earth I not booked a spa day?
Lets go! It’s 14 of us, few couples but mostly boys in the gang. All into a mini bus and drive away for around 20 min. The landscape is breathtaking. We arrive and get the instructions. Don’t do anything that they don’t say. Follow them. Don’t be a hero. Jump in this way, swim in that way, oh yes and don’t be afraid but the water is freezing cold. Great. Lets do this!
We follow our instructor who’s by the way one of the coolest adrenalin junkie I ever met. Beautiful scene. Waterfall by mossy rocks and green trees bow into the river. Time to step in! Actually when you expect something really bad end of the day it can be just better. The temperature of the water not that bad…until it does go under your wetsuits…keep smiling!
After few steps there’s the first jump. Top of the rock. Have to step over my instructor head and end up in that cold river. I have to man up. Can’t be a real girl here! Everyone does it…one, two, Am I really? Splash! Oh my! This is AMAZING! Adrenalin level sorted, let’s carry on! Crawl, fell, swim, laugh, jump. It was around 40 min. I want to go again! It feels like you’re free you’re capable to do anything and you’re still safe. Unfortunately it’s over. Drive back to the base. It’s not cold anymore and can’t take my smile off my face! Change back to warm cloth, little chit chat and head home.
I generally think if you’re a bit down or want to do something different or just want to go crazy…contact these guys. You won’t regret. I had a truly amazing time.