why wales is the ultimate destination for outdoor adventures in 2017!

Looking for an adventure this year? You don’t have to travel around the world to get one. Believe us. Wales has every outdoor activity you could possibly want, and many you may not have even realised were possible! There are even accommodation options that allow you to enjoy the great outdoors such as glamping; Wales is a magical country that every outdoor lover needs to explore and find out just why Wales is crowned the country of outdoor adventure!

Family cycle along Welsh coastal patch on their holiday.


Get on your bike and cycle the 220-mile cycle route that is perfect for every cycling enthusiast. Cycle through some of Wales’ most stunning scenery, including the Pembrokeshire coast, the idyllic countryside of Carmarthenshire and the magnificent hills of the Valleys.

Paraglider flies over the Gower Peninsula on holiday in Wales.


Want to see the Gower Peninsula from a completely different perspective? How about putting on some parachuting gear and jumping out of a plane that is at 12,000 ft.? This adrenaline-fuelled activity is perfect for those who love a bit of a thrill! You will glide over the grand Gower Peninsula and get to witness it in all its splendour. If you’ve got a Go Pro, then this is the time to bring it!

You can secure a tandem jump from around £230 pp.; although, it is advised to remember that this kind of activity is always weather dependent.

Surfboard on Welsh beach.


Prefer the water to dry land? There are plenty of surf spots all around the Welsh coast. There even is an inland lagoon, at Surf Snowdonia, to practise your moves before you head to beaches around the north coast. Set amongst the picturesque Conwy Valley, you can spend a good day here with all your family or friends. Opening in spring the Surf Snowdonia prices are relatively cheap starting from £19 p.p.

Try rally car racing lessons on your holiday in Wales.

Rally car driving

Want to put your pedal to the metal? Then get down to Higgins Rally School and learn to drive rally cars alongside instructors such as American Rally Champion David Higgins. You can whizz your way around a nine-mile course set amongst a majestic forest that equates to the size of 900 football pitches! Prices start from £199 p.p and courses are open all year round.

Man jumps into water while coasteering on holidays in Wales.


Coasteering has recently become a huge trending activity amongst outdoor thrill seekers, and we can’t blame them! This exhilarating activity was pioneered in Wales, combining rock-hopping, shore-scrambling, swell-riding, cave-exploring and cliff-jumping into the ultimate adrenalin-pumping day. However, it’s not just your love for a thrill that you will discover, with stunning scenery and an array of wildlife to spot, you really can’t come to Wales without trying your hand at coasteering. Prices can vary depending on which company you use and how long you go for, but they generally start at around £30 p.p. and run throughout the year.

Paddle through the waters in Wales.


If you want to explore the Welsh coastline in a more peaceful manner, we would recommend you try paddling in a canoe. The intricate Welsh coastline is perfect for paddling and many enjoy taking to the water to enjoy the Welsh scenery from this new vantage point. Lessons can start from £60 p.p. and run throughout the year.

Views from Mount Snowdon.

Mountain hiking

Many visit Wales to hike up the mountain ridge of one of Britain’s most famous mountains, Mount Snowdon. If you’re a super-fit, outdoor enthusiast then why not take the challenge one notch up and take on the Welsh 3000s Challenge? This challenge involves hiking up the country’s 15 highest peaks, each coming in at over 3,000 ft. each! This challenge is only recommended for experienced climbers and to complete during summer when there are more hours of light.

Sunset at Freshwater beach at Pembrokeshire.

Beach days

Take the day to explore Pembrokeshire’s Freshwater beach. Enjoy the crisp sea air as you are on the look-out for puffins, or even head into the sea for a spot of surfing. Admire the location that was once the setting for some scenes in the Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallow films.

Want to discover more things you can do in Wales? Keep an eye on our blog or ask one of our helpful Quality Unearthed team members!

Image credits: Cyril Bèle, available under Creative commons.

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