The Best Outdoor Activities in United Kingdom

Discover the best hiking, camping, backpacking, fitness, and more.

Backpacking Scotland's West Highland Way

United Kingdom / The West Highland Way, Scotland

Let me just start by saying that this is probably the raddest hike I have ever done. Although the ideal way is to start from Glasgow and hike all the way up to Ft.

Eric Bennett
359 Saves

Photograph the Giant's Causeway

United Kingdom / Giant's Causeway, Ireland

Alright, so there are 2 different ways to see this place: 1: Paying a lot of money for a tour and hotel 2: My way, sneaking in and camping (DISCLAIMER: This is Not legal, but Not illegal) From Belfa.

Eric Bennett
202 Saves

Watch the Sunrise from Arthur's Seat

United Kingdom / Scottish Parliament, Edinburgh

Catch a beautiful sunrise (or sunset) from the top of Arthur's Seat. Although you are in the middle of Scotland's capital, you will feel as if you've reached the Highlands.

Luan Baruti
192 Saves

Explore Ft. William, Scotland's Steall Gorge

United Kingdom / Steall Gorge Trailhead

Just about 10 miles from Ft. William and only a few miles from the end of the West Highland Way you can find the Steal Gorge along with Ben Nevis. Ben Nevis is a famous hill in Ft.

Eric Bennett
156 Saves

Overnight at Lookout Bothy on the Isle of Skye, Scotland

United Kingdom / Lookout Bothy

The Lookout Bothy is at the northern most tip of the Isle of Skye at Rubha Hunish. It is a small, primitive hut that overlooks the North Sea.

Andrew Slaton
136 Saves

Hike to the Old Man of Storr

United Kingdom / The Storr Trailhead

You can reach the Storr car park at the base of the mountain on public transport (Bus 57, running 4 times a day from Portree), or leave a personal vehicle in the parking area on the left side of the .

Peter Hoblitzell
110 Saves

Hike to Beachy Head

United Kingdom / Beachy Head Rd, East Dean

There are various ways to access Beachy Head (the highest point) along the Seven Sisters.

Lewis Hackett
92 Saves

Hike to Stickle Tarn

United Kingdom / Stickle Ghyll Carpark

Starting at the National Trust Stickle Ghyll car park (or utilising the free on road parking) make your way up the well maintained steps and path taking in Stickle Ghyll.

Angela Kirwin
82 Saves

Explore the Royal Botanic Gardens

United Kingdom / Victoria Gate Information Centre

A fairly easy drive from London, a couple of minutes, parking is accessible and cheap. The entrance of the gardens cost about 15 Pound. But its worth it, trust me.

Mitchell Phun
82 Saves

Hike the Quiraing on the Isle of Skye

United Kingdom / The Quiraing

The trailhead for The Quiraing starts at the summit of the road between Staffin and Uig.  Descend towards the Quiraing and loop around through the sheep's gate along the ridge back to your car.

Michael Johnston
80 Saves

Hike to Durdle Door

United Kingdom / Durdle Door Holiday Park

The shingled beach that lies at the foot of Durdle Door can be easily accessed via a footpath and steps over the hill from Lulworth Cove (2 miles) or down from the car park of Durdle Door Holiday Par.

Lewis Hackett
67 Saves

Summit Ben Nevis in Scotland

United Kingdom / Glen Nevis Visitor Center

Must do when visiting Scotland. A popular climbing spot, Ben Nevis can be hiked in one day via the tourist route.

Hike to Falls of Falloch

United Kingdom / Falls of Falloch Trailhead

In order to reach the Falls of Falloch there is a small shaded parking lot directly off A82. From here there is a well maintained path leading from the parking area and following the Falloch River.

Korey Taylor
63 Saves

Hike to Old Harry Rocks

United Kingdom / SW Coast Path (Beach Rd.)

From the car park in Studland village, take the lane (Manor Rd) down by the Bankes Arms pub (it should be on your right). Turn left by the public toilets on to the path signed for Old Harry.

Lewis Hackett
61 Saves

Explore Carrick-a-rede

United Kingdom / Carrick-a-rede

Located just over an hour north of Belfast lies the tiny island of Carrick-a-rede and the famous rope bridge that connects it to mainland Northern Ireland.

Sonja Saxe
61 Saves

Explore Brimham Rocks

United Kingdom / Brimham Rocks Parking Lot

Brimham Rocks is protected by the National Trust of the UK and offers a fun day trip of balancing rocks that stand around 30 feet tall.

Korey Taylor
60 Saves

Explore Devil's Pulpit (Finnich Glen)

United Kingdom / Devil's Pulpit Parking Area

It was hard to find it be we made it! Coordinates: 56°02'01.6"N 4°24'51.4"W Between Croftamie and Craighat, there is an intersection (from Croftamie to Craighat it will be on you left).

Bertrand Lanneau
52 Saves

Explore the RSPB Bempton Cliffs

United Kingdom / Bempton Cliffs

About an hour away from York, the RSPB Bempton Cliffs are great for birding, walking along the coast, and if you are lucky, seeing some grey seals and harbor porpoises swimming below.

Kate Burns
51 Saves

Camp at Loch Lomond's Sallochy Campsite

United Kingdom / Sallochy Campsite

Loch Lomond is a large freshwater loch that sits on the boundary of the Scottish central lowlands and the highlands.

Korey Taylor
50 Saves

Hike to Chrome Hill via Parkhouse Hill

United Kingdom / Quiet Woman Pub

Both Parkhouse Hill and Chrome Hill are a must see if you're planning to explore the Peak District.

Lewis Hackett
46 Saves

Visit The Three Sisters in Glencoe, Scotland

United Kingdom / Three Sisters Car Park

The "Three Sisters" also known as Bidean nam Bian Mountain in the Scottish Highlands resides in the Valley Glen off A82 going towards the town of Glencoe northwest of Glasgow and Stirling.

Gustavo Quiros
43 Saves

Summit Mount Snowdon via the Watkin Path

United Kingdom / Watkin Trailhead

Although Mt Snowdon is only a modest 3,560ft the trailhead starts barely above sea level, so you’ll be doing a lot of climbing, almost the whole mountain.

Jack Henstridge
39 Saves

Climb Scafell Pike

United Kingdom / Wasdale Trailhead

There are 3 main routes up to the summit of Scafell Pike; one from Borrowdale, one from Great Langdale, and the one we chose from Wasdale and the shores of Wast Water, England’s deepest Lake.

Jack Henstridge
35 Saves

Explore Edinburgh Castle

United Kingdom / Edinburgh Castle

This historic castle sits atop Castle Rock high above the city of Edinburgh. Humans have occupied the area with some form of a fortress since the 2nnd century.

Alex Anderson
31 Saves

Hike Brecon Beacons Horseshoe

United Kingdom / Horseshoe trailhead

Starting out from the car park turn left and walk north along the road that leads to the old lower Neuadd reservoir and pump house. Pen y Fan, Corn Du and Cribyn will all be in view from here.

Jack Henstridge
27 Saves

Hike Up Calton Hill

United Kingdom / Calton Hill

Calton hill is a great place and one of the easiest places to watch a beautiful Scottish long as the weather cooperates.

Alex Anderson
23 Saves

Photograph the Old Lighthouse in Dungeness

United Kingdom / Dungeness, England

Traverse the Dungeness Headland via Dungeness Rd for an easy loop around the Old Lighthouse.

Lewis Hackett
21 Saves

Explore Smoo Cave, Scotland

United Kingdom / Smoo Cave, Scotland

Starting at the Smoo Cave visitor parking lot, you will make your way to the trail head and hike down the Scottish coast line towards the mouth of the cave. The walk is about 1.

Gustavo Quiros
20 Saves

Hike to the Fairy Pools on the Isle of Skye

United Kingdom / Fairy Pools Trail, Isle of Skye

To arrive at the Fairy Pools, you must take the B8009 on the west of the Isle of Skye. The road runs through Carbost, where the “Talisker Distillery” is located.

Gustavo Quiros
17 Saves

Explore Balnakeil Beach, Scotland

United Kingdom / Balnakeil Beach

Balnakeil Beach is located 5 minutes North West of Durness Scotland. Putting "Balnakeil Beach" into your GPS should do the trick.

Gustavo Quiros
17 Saves

Take in the View at Kinnoull Hill, Scotland

United Kingdom / Kinnoull Hill

Arriving at Kinnoull Hill Woodland Park is about a 1.5 mile walk from the center of town, or if arriving in a vehicle you can enter "Quarry Car Park" into your GPS and you should not have an issue.

Gustavo Quiros
15 Saves

Hike to the Summit of Mt. Snowdon via the Llanberis Path

United Kingdom / Mt Snowdon Parking Area

Mount Snowdon has a very rich history and is the most hiked mountain in the United Kingdom and for good reason.

Alex Anderson
15 Saves

Hike to the William Wallace Statue

United Kingdom / William Wallace Statue Trail

Finding the statue of William Wallace is a fun and worthwhile adventure suitable for the whole family.

Spencer Williams
14 Saves

Sandstone Bouldering at Stone Farm

United Kingdom / Stone Farm

Having moved to London recently, I found the big sprawling metropolis and constant grey skies quite suffocating.

Taole Chen
13 Saves

Catch A Sunrise at the St. Andrews Castle

United Kingdom / St. Andrews Castle

There is no better way to start your morning than by waking up to a picturesque sunrise and warm cup of coffee.

Alex Anderson
12 Saves

Walk along Portree's Lump Trail

United Kingdom / Lump Trail

The trail has two heads, both of which start just off of Bank street (atop the harbor).

Erik Holmes
11 Saves

Hike Dumyat, Scotland

United Kingdom / Dumyat Path

Dumyat (pronounced De-mai-it) is a hill in Stirling Scotland measuring 1,371 ft. To arrive at the "Dumyat Path", from Stirling center head towards the University of Stirling via Airthrey Rd.

Gustavo Quiros
9 Saves

Bike the Glenuig Loop, Scotland

United Kingdom / Corran Ferry Terminal

From the landing in Corran, this loop can be taken clockwise across the Movern and Ardamurchan peninsulas, strips of desolate turf that hike into the sky south-west of Fort William, Scotland's foremo.

Will Ross
8 Saves

Hike Tryfan North Ridge

United Kingdom / Tryfan Carpark

The route on Tryfan although, like many scramble routes, being open to artistic license, does have a few key points to help you stay on track.

Jack Henstridge
6 Saves

Photograph Dunseverick Castle

United Kingdom / Dunseverick Castle

Records of Dunseverick Castle date back to the 5th century. In the 9th century Viking raiders attacked the remote coastal fortress.

Hike to Corryholly Bothy

United Kingdom / Corryhully Bothy Trailhead

The trail is easily found, and starts 100m down the road from the Glenfinnan viaduct and monument visitor centre in a small gravel carpark.

Jack Henstridge
3 Saves

Hike up Blencathra

United Kingdom / The White Horse Inn Car Park

Getting there: Follow the A66 towards Scales and once you are about 2 miles away from Threlkeld, you'll find a quaint pub called the White Horse Inn.

Maren Preuss
2 Saves

Walk the Three Distilleries Path

United Kingdom / Three Distilleries Path

The Isle of Islay is considered the center of Scotland's whisky tourism.