The past 2 years have dealt us a challenging hand. After a long period of restrictions and “what-ifs,” we seem finally to have some sort of choice about what and where to go for family activities with the smaller family members this summer. Or do we? We, (in my case “I” as a single Mum) thought long and hard about whether to battle airport queues for more guaranteed sun, but finally caved for the good old domestic holiday. We have decided to stay local, search out the best family activities in the Perthshire area make a good old list of all the places we have promised but never made it to visit. There is an abundance of adventure sports right on our doorstep – now we just need to make a decision, who is too old for what!
As a family, we had re-learnt how to keep ourselves entertained within our own 4 walls but also re-ignited our passion for being outside as a family –swimming in local watering holes and finding some new (and safe jumps) to do a little outdoor swimming. Family adventures
have become significantly more important to us all and we have become ever more grateful for all that Scotland has to offer in terms of fun outdoor activities.
As the school term comes to a close, as a parent – I have definitely looked to my own doorstep for adventure days out in Scotland for Summer 2022. Lockdown had a devastating effect on tourism and hospitality and while I am a Mum, I am also a business owner in this sector and currently wishing and hoping it all stays pretty stable this year.
Nae Limits has been part of my boy’s life since….well birth, and this year was going to be no different for them. Since being “locked up” they had increased in age (surprise) and so now they could both go off for half or full days of activities WITHOUT me! Nae Limits offers a wide variety of trips for ages 6 years plus but my youngest was now delighted he could get out Canyoning
with his friends as he’d reached the grand age of 12. Days spent chilling around the centre were the norm, as was hopping on a River Raft
, Gorge Walking
with friends or joining other customers on an Adventure Tubing trip.
For teenagers, much the same – in fact, past 16yrs you are good to go on everything. This year, I am lucky as my eldest is working at the centre – in the Nae Limits café
; making coffees and paninis; finally, I don’t have to do ALL the cooking. The upside is he has a bit of cash, and even better he can bring along some friends to enjoy all the things to do in the local area.
So what can we expect this year? Well, we are starting to see lots of people getting in touch about family adventure holidays, content to stay within Scotland and discover some of the more fun outdoor activities without even boarding a plane. We are welcoming more of our European friends and seeing US travellers start to come back.