History, culture, sophistication – sure, there’s plenty of that to be found in the UK. But if it’s an action-packed adventure you’re seeking, you won’t go home disappointed. After hiking the Lake District and cycling the Hebrides, tick off these adrenalin-fuelled experiences…
Fly over the Welsh countryside on the world’s fastest zipline
Consider yourselves speed demons? Not bothered by heights? Then maybe, just maybe you’re brave enough for the world’s fastest zipline. Suspended more than 150 metres above the Welsh countryside, an old quarry and sparkling lake, the zip lines at Zip World Velocity (there are four so you can race each other) reach speeds in excess of 125mph. You’ll get a spectacular view… but it’ll fly by fast!
Go on a sled dog safari in Scotland
Anything to do with huskies gets our vote! For a real pinch-me-now experience, experience the thrill of dashing through the snow on a sled pulled by a team of huskies in Scotland’s Highalands. This exhilarating activity allows you to explore private trails and enjoy breathtaking views of the Scottish countryside. Sled dog safaris are available with Bowland Trails from September to April, with rides scheduled earlier in the morning during the warmer months of Spring and Autumn to take advantage of cooler temperatures for the huskies.
Bungee jump at the O2 Arena
If you’ve always dreamed of jumping off stage and crowd surfing at London’s iconic O2 Arena, this heart-stopping experience is possibly the next best thing. With a little professional assistance from UK Bungee Club, you’ll be lifted just under 50 metres above the arena by crane for a bungee jump with a difference. Be sure to take in the picturesque views of The Thames, Canary Wharf and Central London before you take the plunge!
Climb a sea stack in Ireland’s North Coast
If you were the kid that looked at an impossibly high tree and said “I’m going to climb that“, here’s a challenge for you. Scattered across Ireland’s epic North Coast, rugged sea stacks attract climbing enthusiasts to, well, climb them and enjoy the view. Freestanding pillars of rock left from coastal erosion, these impressive formations can be conquered with expert help (there are many trained guides in Ireland) and you’ll find some of the best in North Donegal – more than 100 of them, actually.
Stargaze at Galloway Forest Park
For an adventure of a different kind, get lost in the beauty of the cosmos at Scotland’s Galloway Forest Park. Here you’ll find ancient woodland, brilliant wildlife and stop-you-in-your-tracks night skies. One of the darkest places in Scotland, the park is one of only four official Dark Sky Parks in the Western World and the only one in the UK. Over 7,000 stars and planets are visible to the naked eye here thanks to limited light pollution. Pitch a tent and see it all from a campfire or visit the Scottish Dark Sky Observatory for a sight you won’t soon forget.
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