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Nightlife in Scotland

POSTED ON 26 January 2018

Nightlife in Scotland

Scotland’s nightlife has much more to offer than just restaurants, clubs and bars.

Whatever reason you’re in Scotland, make sure you try some of these weird and wonderful nighttime activities to make it a trip to remember!

 

Enchanted Forest.

The Enchanted Forest is a very unique and creative exhibition. The outside light and sound show is based in Highland Perthshire, Faskally Wood near Pitlochry, with unforgettable autumn visuals with the woodland as a natural backdrop. The 1.5km walk attracted 70,000 visitors in 2017!

It also won many awards such as Best Cultural Event at the UK Event Awards, Scottish Rural Award for Tourism & Hospitality in 2016, Scottish Thistle Award for Best Event in 2015.

This event offer tasty treats as well, like hot chocolate, mulled wine or even hot dogs and yummy Scottish beef burgers. Photographers are welcome, and it’s designed for all ages and abilities. The show lasts around 60 to 90 minutes, in order to follow the path around the forest and fully take in and enjoy the show. This is definitely worth a visit when you’re in Scotland. Sign up for an email letting you know when tickets are on sale for this quick selling event here.

 Enchanted Forest.

 

Swimming with sharks.

With http://baskingsharkscotland.co.uk you can literally swim with killer whales, go shark basking, swim with seals, visit lagoons and see puffins!

The business is based in Oban, on the west coast of Scotland. They have found an ideal hotspot for sharks in their backyard. If you want to see puffins, plan your trip for the beginning of August. Shark season is April – October but they peak in The Hebrides in July – August.

Don’t worry though, you don’t have to dive in, as you can only dive in the evenings. You can simply shark-watch from the boat if it’s too much, but these sharks are gentle giants so there’s absolutely nothing to worry about!

Whether you want to begin snorkelling, take amazing underwater videos or photographs or just want an amazing unforgettable experience, book your trip today.

Swimming with sharks.

 

Illuminator

Illuminator is a night trail race based in Glen Tanar, Scotland. The event is on the 27th October 2018. Illuminator is a half marathon run in a forest. You need a good head torch to get through this run, with a 1,969ft total ascent and in total darkness!

Runners and joggers normally complete this race in three and a half hours, and walkers finish at around six hours. Everyone attending the race is timed with an individual electronic chip.

Plus when you finish the event, you receive a free brew, a branded memento mug and a medal! If you’re one of the top runners, you could even win a top-quality piece of outdoor gear.

Around the event is amazing local accommodation and food, so you can book it for the weekend! The money raised is for Braemar Mountain Rescue.

Book here.

Illuminator

Illuminator Run, Firetrail Events, Aboyne, 14th November 2015
Pictures by Tim Winterburn.

 

Galloway Activity Centre

This night ride is unlike any other ride you’ll go on. GAC provide you with bikes, helmets, torches, hot dogs and drinks at the end of your ride.

The start of the journey begins with a boat ride across Loch Ken. Then, you’ll be guided around some of the best and unknown forest trails Galloway has to offer. This isn’t all GAC has to offer, though. There’s a range of activities to do such as night laser tag, archery, sailing, windsurfing, stand up paddle boarding and a wobbly water park! GAC also offers a range of accommodation which are quirky in themselves.

Take a look here!

Galloway Activity Centre

 

Europe’s only Black Out Bungee

Highland Fling is the only company in Europe offering a blackout bungee.

You may think, what’s the point in doing a bungee jump in the pitch black? Well, imagine yourself in complete darkness, you don’t know how far down you have to go, you don’t know where you’re going. When you’re falling you don’t know how long you have to go. You probably won’t know when the bungee is going to kick in and before you know it, you’ve hit the water! If you’re an adrenaline junkie, this is definitely for you.

Visit https://www.bungeejumpscotland.co.uk to browse the many other activities on offer – and make sure you book in advance, as spaces are limited.

 Europe’s only Black Out Bungee

 

Scottish Dark Sky Observatory

This area has one of the darkest skies in the UK and is based on the edge of the Galloway Forest Dark Sky Park. It’s publically accessible and includes a 20” Corrected Dall Kirkham telescope in a five metre dome and a 14” Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope for a more hands on, open air observation experience.
Located near Loch Doon, there are camping areas available. This breathtaking experience is perfect for those wind-down nights. If this peaceful experience is for you, click here for more information.

Scottish Dark Sky Observatory