Running up and down hills, cycling along country lanes, mountain biking on exhilarating off-road trails, taking a walk in the magnificent Highland scenery or climbing a mountain – we’ve covered it all in Active Outdoors this year.
We’ve also indulged in a spot of horse riding and island hopping for good measure, too. That’s on top of some pretty exciting overnight adventures, staying in remote youth hostels and even hidden bothies.
To round up 2017, we’re sharing some of our favourite photos from this year’s routes.
You can share yours with us by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or posting to Twitter mentioning @active_outdoors, via facebook.com/activeoutdoors or by post to Active Outdoors, New Century House, Stadium Road, Inverness, IV1 1FG.
hat doesn’t mean we’re putting our feet up… not all winter, at least! The team will continue to explore the north of Scotland and beyond as we strive to bring you inspiring adventures and routes every week throughout 2018.
Happy New Year for Monday, and Slainte! See you out there.
John Davidson and the Active Outdoors team
Youth hostelling offers a great getaway – including to the beautiful Achmelvich Beach in Wester Ross.
John on the summit of Sgurr nan Ceathramhnan during a stay at the Alltbeithe youth hostel in Glen Affric.
Walkers on a trip to the now uninhabited island of Stroma in the Pentland Firth. (Alan Hendry)
Mountain bikers in the 2017 Strathpuffer 24-hour mountain bike event ride into the sunset.
Descending towards Fort William after an ascent of Stob Ban in October. (Jenny Gillies)
Shenavall bothy which John ran to during a training outing.
Peter took a trip up Sgor Gaoith in February. (Peter Evans)
Joining cycle campaigners calling for a better cycle network in and around Inverness in April’s Pedal on Parliament ride. (SPP)
Attending the launch of a new trail at Fort William’s Nevis Range mountain biking centre in February with No Fuss Events.
Bikepacking from Inverness to Ullapool, staying at the remote Glen Beag bothy.
On the bikepacking trip from Inverness to Ullapool.
Jenny took a trip through Knoydart on horseback in June. (Jenny Gillies)
A runner crosses the causeway during the Great Wilderness Challenge.
A family and friends cycle on the extensive path network around Glenmore.
Going on a Wee Adventure to the Fairy Glen inspired by a new book of child-friendly activities.
Looking back down the Meall a’ Bhauchaille path to Ryvoan and across the Cairngorms.
Climbing on Cairn Toul towards Braeriach in the Cairngorms. (Peter Evans)
John approaches the finish line of the 2017 Glencoe Marathon. (Craig Pagett)