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Wild Scot­land

Just around the coast from the Eden com­mu­nity on Ard­na­mur­chan lies the equally re­mote Knoy­dart Penin­sula. A sim­ple but com­fort­able alpine-style lodge with sin­gle rooms is the base for some chal­leng­ing guided walks over the Knoy­dart passes and around the stun­ning is­lands of Eigg and Rum. Most days start with a boat ride, a chance to see whales and dol­phins and a take in the spec­tac­u­lar coast­line.

Wilder­ness Scot­land (01479 420020; wilder­nesss­cot­land.com) has full-board weeks for £1,295 from April to Septem­ber.

North­ern Lights in Fin­land

Novices can try lead­ing a dogsled­ding team, cross-coun­try ski­ing and snow­mo­bil­ing in Fin­land’s Ou­lanka Na­tional Park. A sight­ing of the North­ern Lights is vir­tu­ally guar­an­teed. The bas it­self a very com­fort­able wooden lodge (group size av­er­ages 15) with the op­tion of a night stay­ing in an igloo. is

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