It was on the links, the undulating sandy stretches of rabbit-cropped coastal turf, that the game of golf developed in Scotland and became especially associated with St Andrews, still sometimes described today as ‘The Home of Golf’.
Scotland is a great setting for sailing and watersports of all kinds and has well-developed watersports facilities with centres in many parts of the country – from sea kayaking around Barra in the Outer Hebrides to wind-surfing on Loch Ken in Galloway.
A real Scotland adventure in stunning scenery can take many forms. It may well involve water – everything from gentle canoeing to the adrenalin rush of white water rafting! The holiday adventure experience afloat also takes in sea kayaking, especially around the spectacular western seaboard of Scotland.
When you dream of sailing, make Scotland part of that dream. A coastline of lochs, mountains, islands and beaches joined by a clear and uncrowded sea. Waters that offer both sheltered sailing and challenging adventures, according to the yachtsman's mood and experience. A natural freshness and unspoilt environment and a haven for sailors.
Cycling in Scotland has seen a great upsurge in recent years, with a large number of waymarked routes opened. For example, Fife alone claims over 300 miles (480km) of dedicated cycleways as well as the 105 mile (168km) Kingdom Route for dedicated tourers.
The sport of skiing began in Scotland before the end of the 19th century - but was a far cry from today’s ski and snowboarding holidays. Today, Scotland has five ski centres, all within easy reach of winter holiday accommodation or resorts.