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31 Mar 2022

Get active this spring

A group of people in yellow kayaks paddle through still blue water. The image is taken from the surface of the water. In the distance the tall mountains of Kintail rise into a clear blue sky.
Explore Kintail in a new way!
From history trails to kayaking around our beautiful coastline, here are some wonderful ways to get out and about this season.

Explore Glasgow’s largest park

Join the knowledgeable guides from Pollok House for a tour of Pollok Country Park on the southside of Glasgow. Discover the history of the Beggar’s Tree, Lime Avenue and the Rhododendron Walk as well as other fascinating features on the Pollok estate, while learning about the Maxwell family who lived here for 700 years. Keep an eye on our website and the Pollok House Facebook page for confirmed dates and to book your place.

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Looking down upon the Library parterre garden in front of the Library wing of Pollok House. It is a sunny day.
The parterre garden at Pollok House | Image: Complexli, Shutterstock

Take to the water

Otters, seals and porpoises all enjoy the waters around Kintail, and you could have the opportunity to join them in the company of our expert guides. Beginners and experienced paddlers alike can head out for half-day, full-day or three-day guided sea kayaking sessions. It’s a very special way to see one of the most beautiful parts of the Scottish Highlands from a slightly different perspective.

A regular programme of sea kayaking runs throughout the summer, including family days. At all other times, paddlers must be 12 and over. To find out more and to book, email kintail@nts.org.uk

A group of five people line up in a row in their yellow kayaks out at sea. It is a glorious sunny day, and both the sky and water are a deep blue.
Enjoy a taster sea kayaking day at Kintail

Get mountain ready

Navigation skills are crucial for anyone looking to explore the magnificent mountains in the care of the National Trust for Scotland, including our 46 wonderful Munros. At Ben Lomond, the most southerly of all Munros, we are holding a series of one-day hill navigation courses to help you on your way. The courses are led by experienced ranger staff and cover the basics of map reading and compass use, through a combination of indoor learning and off-footpath practice on the lower slopes of the mountain. Good walking boots, a compass, suitable clothing and a keen sense of adventure are required.

Find out more and sign up for navigation courses

A walker stands on a grass path beside a fence, looking down over Loch Lomond far below.
Enjoy wonderful views as you learn how to safely navigate on Ben Lomond | Image: Drimafilm, Shutterstock

Walk through Highland history

The Kiltyrie Hidden History Trail at Ben Lawers National Nature Reserve provides fascinating insights into how people have worked on this landscape for thousands of years. It is a fairly short walk of around 1 mile, with the option of extending further if you’re keen on stretching your legs. Part of the route follows the original track that once led from the pre-18th-century settlements on the lower ground to the outfields where cattle were grazed. Along the way, you’ll pass abandoned quarries and ruined buildings – including a farmstead built in 1798, which was excavated in 2003.

Download a route guide

Two walkers wearing backpacks stand in front of a Celtic cross, looking at the inscription.
Discover fascinating historical sites at Ben Lawers NNR

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