Sport and Recreation

Sport and Recreation

The natural landscapes and features of the region create world class opportunities for outdoor enthusiasts to enjoy unique environments. There is something to challenge people of all levels of skill, experience or ability.

Outdoor activity options include:

Walking – The area is home to some of the finest walks and views on the planet, from spectacular mountain climbs to quaint country strolls.

Golf - Numerous world-class courses are spread throughout the Highlands including Royal Dornoch in Sutherland, and Castle Stuart near Inverness.

Snowsports - The Highlands offer some of the best value skiing and boarding in Europe with resorts at Cairngorm near Aviemore, Nevis Range near Fort William and Glencoe.

Mountain Biking -  The region enjoys a wealth of highly-regarded mountain biking trails and circuits, and is home to the annual Mountain Bike World Cup.

Shinty - Scotland’s iconic sport that has both heritigal and cultural meaning. This sport is very much part of the fabric of rural communities, with a skillful eye and a sense of survival both paramount.

Football - Scotland has long held a love affair with the beautiful game, and the Highlands is no exception, with all levels available to play or watch;  Inverness Caledonian Thistle and Ross County are the two professional teams, whilst Highland League football is very popular in local areas.

As well as the above, rugby, fishing, rock climbing, sailing, canoeing and kayaking are all popular pursuits well served by the Highlands of Scotland.

A network of gyms and training facilities are also available throughout the Highlands with many available at outstanding value through the High Life Highland scheme.