This year, you’d be forgiven for thinking everything going on in Britain has something to do with the London Olympics – press coverage of the games has brought unprecedented worldwide attention to the city and, as so many people flock to the capital, it’s easy to forget just how much Britain has to offer beyond the showpiece of the games. If you’re planning a getaway this year, why not explore the British countryside – and find the events, destinations and activities that are right on your doorstep?
Gundog Training & Falconry – Gleneagles
The famous Gleneagles Hotel hosts an impressive range of country pursuits, allowing guests to explore the beauty and drama of its 850-acre rural Perthshire estate. Two of its most popular attractions are the Falconry and Gundog schools – working with the hotel’s own specially-bred animals – and trained professionals – you’ll have the chance to master two ancient sporting disciplines in a test of agility, skill and animal handling. It’s a special experience – and a unique introduction to Scotland’s rich sporting heritage.
Water Sports – Lake District
The Lake District is a hugely popular destination for water-sport enthusiasts and offers the opportunity to try out activities like kayaking, water-skiing, wind-surfing and power-boating. Explore vast, open lakes against a backdrop of rolling hills and mountains – the perfect setting for an action-packed aquatic experience! Whether you’re already an expert, or still a novice looking for something new to try, getting out on the water is a fun, exhilarating option for all ages and abilities.
Deer Stalking – Northumberland
A practice stretching back hundreds of years, deerstalking is a crucial part of maintaining populations of deer across Britain. Northumberland has a rich hunting tradition, and for those searching for that authentic historical experience, deerstalking offers a unique perspective on the natural world. If you think you’re up to the challenge, tracking deer through the quiet, forested hillsides of northern England is a tense and unforgettable experience.
Canyoning – Gloucestershire
Take on the south west’s roughest terrain the hard-way with a canyoning trip that brings you closer than ever to the natural environment. Guided canyoning tours take you over, under and through some of the most spectacular scenery in the country and present an impressive range of obstacles – mixing climbing, body-rafting and spelunking. Not for the fainthearted, canyoning is an exhilarating adventure for anyone looking for a physical challenge. You don’t have to be a sports fan to enjoy the summer of 2012 and, if the Olympics just isn’t for you, don’t spend the time moping – get out there and find something to make your summer a memorable one!
There’re so many things for you and your family to try that the only thing you’ll have to worry about – is what you save for your next trip!