Need to switch-sell clients from adventures abroad to options closer

to home? Katie McGonagle rounds up active trips across the UK

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f 2020 was the year your clients were finally going to hike the Inca Trail, embark on an Aussie Outback adventure or eat their way around southeast Asia, then it’s safe to say things probably haven’t panned out as expected.

But even though they can’t jet

off on that much-dreamed-about adventure just yet, there are still plenty of ways to keep their enthusiasm alive. That might mean packing your social media feed with ideas for adventures worth saving up for, or for those still feeling nervous about booking an overseas break, opening their eyes to how much we have to offer on home soil by switch-selling them to an active trip in the UK. One of the very few good things

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to come out of the current crisis has been a greater appreciation for the wild landscapes and diverse flora and fauna we have closer to home – from windswept beaches and wildflower-dotted mountains to wildlife-filled parks and woodland walking trails – which can satisfy that sense of adventure just as much as more far-flung spots.

And with consumer confidence

in travel likely to take a while to get back on track, for some clients, the UK might be as adventurous as they want to get for the foreseeable future, so it’s worth having a few options up your sleeve. That’s why we’ve canvassed the market for the best UK alternatives to popular breaks abroad, which you can sell now for spring and summer 2021.


Kayaking or canoeing can be a fantastic way to leave land behind for an up-close view of the world at the water’s edge. Many adventure tours around Costa Rica include a day paddling the Pacific Coast at Manuel Antonio National Park, spotting howler and squirrel monkeys with a backdrop of dramatic cliffs and rugged rock formations.


The waters of the west coast of Scotland might be a bit chillier, but the close-up view of marine life and maritime heritage is just the same, affording an entirely new take on familiar territory. Wilderness Scotland has brought out a new range of sea

kayaking trips for next year, including a small-group adventure around the isle of Mull. Guests will get a glimpse of porpoises and basking sharks flitting past its shores, paddle close up to the imposing turrets of Duart Castle with a perspective impossible on land, and pull up on the sheltered beaches of Erraid Island, known as one of the sunniest spots in Scotland. They’ll also circumnavigate Iona, and sail out by boat to see puffins, gannets and guillemots on Staffa and the Treshnish Isles along the way. They don’t need to be expert kayakers – beginners are

welcome – but a decent level of fitness is required for up to six hours’ kayaking each day. With a private lodge near Fionnphort to go home to each night, this is a chance to combine some activity

with a soft landing while gearing up for their next adventure. Book it: Prices start at £1,395 sharing, including five nights’ accommodation, all meals, guiding and transfers for

departures on May 1 or September 4, 2021.


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