Flying Fever is a friendly paragliding school based on the Isle of Arran, not far from Glasgow, and offers tandem flights across the island with an instructor. One of the most incredible flights takes place from the highest point of the island: Goatfell, a 874m-high conical mountain with panoramic views across Brodick Bay and even to Ireland on a clear day.
This truly magical hideaway is one of a collection of handmade wooden cabins beside the fairytale-like Glen Strathfarrar. Each cabin has a roof covered with wildflowers, and they’re filled with hand-carved wooden panels featuring stags, Celtic knotwork, and Pictish motifs. It’s one of the top places to stay in Scotland.
This awesome Star Wars-themed hostel was voted the best in Scotland by Hostelworld in 2012, 2014, and 2015. Guests can choose to stay in quirky “Jedi huts” (pictured), admire the C-3PO mural, or relax under the stars in the glass solardome, all from just £17 per person per night, so it’s great if you’re on a tight budget.
14. Take a microlight flight across Edinburgh and East Lothian.
East of Scotland Microlights offers gift experience vouchers from £70, where you’ll sit back, relax, and let a trained pilot take the wheel. You’ll soar over East Lothian’s beautiful beaches, see the world’s largest gannet colony on the Bass Rock, and take a trip across the Firth of Forth towards Edinburgh on longer flights. It’s pretty much the coolest possible way to see the capital.
15. Drive or cycle across the Applecross Peninsula.
This fearsome, twisting, and beautiful mountain road is the 2,053ft-high Bealach na Bà (Pass of the Cattle) in the remote Applecross Peninsula. It was voted one of the most incredible roads in the world by National Geographic, along with Route 66 in America, so it’s a great opportunity to live out your secret Top Gear fantasies.