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9th January 2018 | Regional News

Discover Scotland’s Spectacular Lochs

Scotland is well-known for its stunning landscapes. From towering mountains to endless forests, you’ll be treated to spectacular views at every turn. But, one of the most iconic of Scotland’s natural features are the incredible lochs, found across the country.

With over 30,000 lochs in Scotland, it’s hard to choose which ones to visit. Whether you fancy a woodland walk or you’d prefer a cruise along the water, you’re guaranteed to be greeted by spectacular views wherever you go. Here at Parkdean Holidays, we’ve put together a list of some of our favourite lochs in Scotland, so you and the family can enjoy a fun-filled day out this February half term.

Loch Ness

Under an hour from Nairn Lochloy Holiday Park is the famous Loch Ness, best known for the mysterious creature said to lurk below the waters. Many people have claimed to see the Loch Ness Monster, known as ‘Nessie’, over the years turning the loch into a popular tourist attraction.

This freshwater loch in the Scottish Highlands is over 36km long, and it’s the second deepest loch in the country, with its lowest point reaching nearly 230 metres. One of the best ways to explore the legendary waters is to take a boat trip along the loch. Learn all about its fascinating history, hear the stories of the Loch Ness Monster and take in the spectacular surrounding views.

On your journey, you’ll also get the chance to hop off the boat to discover the historic Urquhart Castle. Sitting on the banks of the loch, learn all about how this medieval fortress protected the Scottish Highlands for over 500 years. Admire the Grant Tower, where you’ll be greeted with panoramic views over the loch, before taking a glimpse into the prison cells where enemies would have been captured and held. Head to the Great Hall, where exquisite banquets would have once taken place, and take a look at an array of medieval artefacts left behind by some of the castle’s residents.

Video sourced from Orcin

Loch Tay

Located in the beautiful valley between Killin and Kenmore, Loch Tay is a must-visit if you’re staying at Tummel Valley Holiday Park. Under 40 minutes from the park, the loch stretches for nearly 25km, and every inch is packed full of history.

Looking at the loch now, it’s hard to believe that ancient settlers once lived upon the water. There were 18 artificially created islands, also known as crannogs, once sitting on Loch Tay, which are now mainly submerged underwater. There is, however, one large crannog near the northern shore at Kenmore that can still clearly be seen to this day. Immersed in history, it was the ancient burial place of Queen Sybilla, the wife of Alexander King of Scots.

The loch is surrounded by stunning views of Ben Lawers, the tenth highest mountain in the British Isles. If you’re up for a challenge, put on your walking boots and head out for a hike up this beautiful mountain. If you fancy something a little easier, there are plenty of other family-friendly walking routes around the loch to enjoy. It’s also popular with watersports enthusiasts, and there’s a tranquil shingle beach near Kenmore – perfect for relaxing during the summer months.

Video sourced from Jon Muncaster

Loch Lomond

Located at the heart of the Trossachs National Park is Loch Lomond, one of Scotland’s most popular lochs. Just an hour from Wemyss Bay Holiday Park, you’ll be greeted by some of the most beautiful views in Scotland, including stunning snow-capped mountains, wonderful woodlands and fantastic wildlife.

From jet skiing and kayaking to water skiing and canoeing, there are an array of watersports just waiting to be tried out on the loch. Or, if you love the outdoors, there are endless cycling and walking trails surrounding the water, offering up even more incredible views. If you’re wanting to just sit back and relax, then head out on a loch cruise, where you’ll be able to uncover the history behind more than 30 islands scattered around the water. One of the islands, Inchconnachan, is even home to a colony of wallabies!

When you’re back on land, take a trip to Balloch Castle Country Park, 200 acres of incredible woodland located on the south-east shores of Loch Lomond. As well as the historic castle, there’s plenty to do and see here, including a fairy glen, a Chinese garden and a children’s adventure play area for kids to enjoy.

Video sourced from Aye in the Sky

Loch Tummel

If you’re staying at Tummel Valley Holiday Park, then right on your doorstep you’ll find Loch Tummel, a 7km long, narrow stretch of water located in the stunning Perthshire area.

Overlooking the loch is Queen’s View, a famous viewpoint looking out over one of the most photographed panoramic views of Scotland. It’s said to have been named after Queen Victoria, after she visited the area in 1866. The Visitor Centre is at the eastern edge of the loch, surrounded by outstanding views. From the prominent mountain of Schiehallion to endless miles of woodland, there’s so much more to see beyond the loch.

Next to the water you’ll find Tay Forest Park, a collage of stunning forests with towering trees, woodland trails and mountain views. There’s also an array of wildlife to look out for, including red squirrels, deer and capercaillies, which is a rare species of grouse.

Video sourced from Travel Pictland

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