Summer 2012: Active family adventures


Ride the rapids of the spectacular Tara Canyon in Montenegro on an adventure holiday that also features hiking along the Bay of Kotor.

Explore Montenegro (020-7118 1002;, which launched this spring, is offering seven nights from £609 per person, based on two adults and two children travelling, including flights with Montenegro Airlines from Gatwick to Tivat, car hire, and a two-bedroom apartment with shared pool. Rafting trips cost €95 (£76) per person and are suitable for over-sevens.

Pretty Adrasan Bay is the base for a new Active Turkey holiday from Families Worldwide (0845 051 4567;, with three summer holiday departures. Sea kayaking, a boat trip, and gorge walking provide the action in a packed programme that also takes in the Lycian Way. The cost is £499 per adult and £479 per child, including seven nights' B&B, two lunches, all transportation and the services of a tour leader. Return flights to Antalya cost from £262 with easyJet (0843 104 5000; from Gatwick, £369 with Thomson (0871 231 4787; from Gatwick and £286 with Monarch (08719 40 50 40; from Manchester.

There's plenty of action on home soil, too. The new Ultimate Scottish Highlands adventure from Wilderness Scotland (01479 420020;, in the Cairngorms National Park, features canoeing, biking and river-tubing, as well as a night-time forest safari and the chance to learn bushcraft skills. The six-night holiday, with two available summer holiday start dates, costs £795 per adult and £745 per child, including hotel accommodation and one night's camping, most meals, activities and equipment.

Preseli Venture Pembrokeshire (01348 837709; in Wales has a new calendar of family friendly activities ready for summer. Its Action and Relax package in the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park includes kite-boarding on Newgale beach, as well as coasteering and kayaking, with evenings spent around a campfire.

The five-day breaks, from 30 July to 3 August and 13-17 August, cost £469 for adults and £369 for under-16s, and include four nights' lodge accommodation, all meals, activities and equipment.