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21st August 2018 | Regional News

Perfect Picnic Spots in Scotland

With the summer sun still in full swing, there’s no better time to enjoy a delicious picnic in some of Scotland’s most scenic landscapes. From wonderful parks and forests to beautiful beaches and lakes, Scotland is packed full of stunning locations that make the ideal place for a family picnic.

So, pack your sausage rolls, scotch eggs and strawberries, and visit some of these perfect picnic spots on your next holiday in Scotland!

Otter Pool, Galloway Forest Park

Located about an hours’ drive from Southerness Holiday Park is Galloway Forest Park, where you’ll find miles of beautiful woodland. Filled with mountains, lochs and a variety of wildlife, there are plenty of places where you can sit back and enjoy a delicious picnic.

One of the most popular picnic areas in this wonderful woodland is Otter Pool, a secluded riverside spot in the heart of the forest. Whilst you’re tucking into your sandwiches, keep an eye out for the range of rare wildlife – including red and roe deer, buzzards and red kites – that can often be spotted in the area.

Once you’re nice and full, there are plenty of peaceful woodland trails nearby to enjoy! For example, a fantastic walk in Galloway Forest Park is the circular trail around Loch Trool. Running for 5.5 miles and taking around 3 hours, it’s the ideal walk for families, and you’ll be greeted with spectacular views over the loch at every turn.

Video sourced from DJI Iain

Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park 

One of the best places to set up camp for a picnic is Loch Lomond, Scotland’s largest loch! About an hours’ drive from Wemyss Bay Holiday Park, Loch Lomond is surrounded by stunning mountain tops, rolling hills and charming villages, making it a fantastic place to relax and enjoy a sandwich or two.

Loch Lomond’s shoreline runs for nearly 100 miles, meaning there are plenty of places to enjoy a bite to eat. One of the most beautiful spots in Loch Lomond is Luss Beach. This hidden gem next to the quiet town of Luss provides spectacular views of Ben Lomond, a popular mountain in the Highlands.

If you fancy getting out onto the water and exploring Loch Lomond, then hop on-board one of the many boat trips. One company that offers a range of boat trips is Cruise Loch Lomond. Whether you want to explore an island or fancy a wildlife watching tour, there’s an activity for everyone. Alternatively, if you prefer something a little more adventurous, then try your hand at the many water activities available on Loch Lomond, including water skiing, kayaking and banana boats!

Video sourced from Aye in the Sky

Blair Castle Gardens, Blair Atholl

If you’re into history, a trip to Blair Castle and Gardens is a must! Just 30 minutes’ drive from Tummel Valley Holiday Park, the castle has been home to 19 generations of Stewarts and Murrays of Atholl, meaning there’s lots of history for visitors to discover.

As well as the 30 rooms available to explore that are filled with family portraits, antique furniture and stunning architecture, one of the castle’s main attractions is the beautiful gardens that surround it. Featuring a nine-acre walled garden, Chinese bridges, 18th century sculptures and a variety of fruit and vegetable plants, it makes the perfect place to sit down, relax, and enjoy a picnic. If you get tired, you can also explore Blair Castle and the surrounding gardens on a vintage tractor and trailer ride!

Once you’ve eaten your picnic, kids will love the Woodland Adventure Playground. Packed with swings and climbing frames, it’s a great place for children to burn off some energy after a bite to eat.

Video sourced from Blair Castle

Dornoch Beach, Sutherland

Less than 10 minutes’ drive from Grannie’s Heilan’ Hame Holiday Park is the stunning Dornoch Beach. With miles of golden sands, sheltered dunes and gentle waters, the beach is the perfect place for a family day out, and there are plenty of places to enjoy a picnic too.

Take a scenic walk along the spectacular clifftop pathway from the holiday park all the way to the beach. Along the way, you’ll be greeted by spectacular views of the Dornoch Firth, and you might even spot some marine wildlife such as dolphins, seals and seabirds. Once you arrive at the beach, you won’t be disappointed. As well as boasting Blue Flag status, Dornoch is dog-friendly all year round, meaning your furry friend can enjoy a picnic with the family too.

After some good food and beautiful views, the historic town of Dornoch is definitely worth visiting. As well as a range of fascinating buildings and charming shops, Dornoch is probably best known for its golf course. If you’re a keen golfer then you’re in luck, as the town is home to the 5th best Championship Course in the world!

Video sourced from Air – Kam Ltd

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