Diving with sharks in Scotland top travel experience

Thrill-seekers are flocking to Scotland to swim with sharks, with the experience now being ranked above adventure travel experiences such as climbing volcanoes in Iceland or bungee-jumping in Switzerland.

According to easyJet, shark diving off the coast of the Scottish Highlands and Islands is one of Europe's newest and hottest travel activities.

While the waters of the British Isles won't allow adrenaline junkies to get up-close-and personal with fearsome great white sharks, visitors to the island of Oban are able to dive with basking sharks, the world's second biggest fish.

Indeed, over the past few years, tour operators have seen a marked increase in the number of visitors heading to this part of the country in a bid to get close to nature's giants, though rules state that only four people can be in the water with the sharks at any one time.

Scotland emerging as top 'eco-tourism' destination

Welcoming the fact that the activity has been named as one of the hottest travel experiences in Europe right now by the leading low-cost airline, Shane Wasik from Basking Shark Tourism told the BBC: "We're delighted with the interest as we strive to promote Scotland's natural assets for authentic and eco-friendly alternative tourism activities.

"There are many varied shark experiences worldwide but Scotland is unique in that it is the best place in the world to see basking sharks.

"We've had people from all over the world come to us to observe them from as far away as Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Canada, US and Europe-wide."

Meanwhile, as well as nature-loving tourists, Scotland is also benefitting from a mini boom in science fiction fans.

According to The Scotsman newspaper, the country is currently benefitting from the 'Outlander effect' as fans of the hit TV show head there to see key locations for themselves.

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