When you think of Scotland, what immediately comes to mind? Fairytale castles? Maybe that famous tartan fabric? Literary titans? The renowned universities? You’d be right about all that; however, there’s a lot more to Scotland than what makes it into pop culture.

In fact, we recently went to Scotland and unearthed a startling secret: This country is home to some of Europe’s most epic outdoor adventures. Sure, Edinburgh’s a blast and you’ve gotta do the castle tours, but what really blew us away was the endless outdoor activities: mountain biking lush woodlands, fishing storybook waters, ziplining forest canopies, and tons more. Check out this well-kept secret, and you may never think of Scotland the same way again.