The UK is often described as a bit dull in comparison to other exotic destinations. However, when we planned our roadtrip in 2015 we wanted to do as many adventurous things as possible. We ended up traveling for a whole month across the UK and still had to skip many great activities. Here are some thrilling adventures in the United Kingdom that will give you chills.
The Three Peaks Challenge
For traveler for whom the sky is the limit: the Three Peaks Challenge is a national challenge in which you need to climb three mountains in 24 hours. These summits are Snowdon in Wales (1085m), Scafell Pike in England (978m) and Ben Nevis in Scotland (1344m). It is one of the most popular hiking challenges in the UK as it combines the highest peaks of the UK.
Jumping off cliffs, swimming in the ocean and scrambling alongside the rugged coastline. This sport is called coasteering and originated in Pembrokeshire, Wales. This was one of the most thrilling activities we had ever done.
Unfortunately we had to cancel our wingwalking experience as it was impossible for us to schedule. But travelers who are really fearless will have this ‘high’ on their list. Wingwalking is one of life’s greatest aerial adventures as you will be tied up on the wings of a biplane. This activity can be done on various venues throughout the UK.
Hike the West Highland Way
The West Highland Way is the ultimate hike in the UK as it crosses the Scottish Highlands. With impressive lochs and bens, you will be granted with great views. It runs from Milngavie outside of Glasgow towards Fort William at the base of the Ben Nevis. Oh, and real adventurers complete it in a kilt!
Do you believe in ghosts? It’s a question we asked ourselves a few years ago when we booked a ghosthunting vigil. You can participate vigils in locations throughout the UK. From haunted castles to abandoned asylums, the options are endless. And the result? Well, let’s say you will be pretty spooked after you’ve spent an evening with professional ghosthunters.
Paddle Loch Ness
With a length of over 30 kilometers Loch Ness is one of the longest lakes in Scotland. The size of loch Ness makes it a real challenge for paddlers who wish to cross it with a kayak or canoe. If Loch Ness isn’t enough, did you know it is connected with other lochs via the Caledonian Canal? The Great Glen Canoe Trail is a multi-day paddling adventure connecting Fort William in the west with Inverness in the east. Along the way you will cross Loch Oich, Loch Lochy and Loch Ness in a 100 km paddle journey.
Climb the O2 in London
One of the most striking buildings in London is undoubtedly the O2. The white half dome on the banks of the Thames was known for a long time as the Millennium Dome and was built on the occasion of the millennium transition. Nowadays, a lot of events take place in the building, including concerts and exhibitions. But did you know that you can also climb the event complex? Climb the O2 is an activity where you climb the half dome with a climbing harness until you have a view of the London skyline.