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28th April 2017 | Regional News

Relax and Unwind in Scotland

Not every holiday was created equal. There are those that are packed with action and adventure, and those that are designed to clear the mind.

Renowned for its lochs, mountains, beaches and vast open moorlands, Scotland is the perfect destination for those looking to take a break from their hectic lifestyles. So, whether you’re planning a family getaway, a romantic escape or a remote adventure, we’ve rounded up some of the best stress busting activities in Scotland.

Walk Under the Stars

There’s nothing more peaceful than spending a night under some of the brightest stars in the Milky Way, watching them twinkle above you. Scotland is home to some of the darkest skies in Europe, making it the perfect place to immerse yourself in a whole other world.

Galloway Forest Park is one of the darkest places in Scotland, and the International Dark Sky Association chose it to be the first ever National Park in the UK to be honoured with a Dark Sky Park status. The inky black nights mean that you’ll be able to see more than 7,000 stars and planets on a clear night. If you’re lucky, the Milky Way and Northern Lights may also make an appearance on your visit.

This natural wonderland is just over half an hour from Sundrum Castle Holiday Park, and wherever you decide to go in the park, you’ll get incredible views of the sky. The three visitor centres are favourites for people who have never stargazed before, particularly at Clatteringshaws. Overlooking the heart of the park and boasting some of the darkest skies, here you’ll be given an experience you’ll never forget.

Video sourced from Viridian Skies astrophotography workshops and prints

Enjoy Whale and Dolphin Watching

It’s long been known that the sound of water and rolling waves have a calming effect on people. So, what better way to relax than by heading to Scotland’s peaceful waters, where you can look out for beautiful dolphins and rare whales.

The Moray Firth has been named one of the most beautiful and unspoiled coastlines in the world, and it’s not hard to see why. Not only that, but it’s also one of the best places in Europe to see rare wildlife. There are over one hundred bottlenose dolphins that live in the Moray Firth, which means you’re in for a great chance of spotting them. Seals are also a common site on the shore, and further out, white-beaked dolphins, minke whales and pilot whales are often spotted.

There are many boat trips around the Moray Firth which show off some of the water’s most amazing wildlife. Just a 10 minute walk from Nairn Lochloy Holiday Park is Nairn Harbour, where Phoenix Dolphin Cruises sets sail. Offering a variety of boat trips, you’ll get the opportunity to see some of the best views of this breathtaking coastline, whilst having a great chance of spotting some amazing animals.

Video sourced from Richie Main

Take a Walk or Hike

A walk surrounded by nature is a great way to clear your mind. Scotland is the perfect place for walking, as it’s home to some of the most beautiful lochs, mountains and highlands. The fresh air and variety of wildlife around these peaceful landscapes will help you to unwind.

If you’re looking for a challenge, then Scotland is home to the highest mountain in the British Isles; Ben Nevis. Standing at 1,345 metres tall, the incredible panoramic views from the top are breathtaking.

If you don’t fancy climbing a mountain, then don’t worry. Scotland is packed full of beautiful areas which make the perfect place for a relaxing walk, such as Cairngorms National Park. At twice the size of the Lake District, this National Park has more rivers, lochs, paths and wildlife hotspots than you can imagine. Tummel Valley Holiday Park is just over 20 minutes from the outskirts of this huge, fascinating area, making it the perfect base for exploring nature.

Video sourced from The Cairngorms National Park

Relax on the Beach

Scotland has some of the most beautiful beaches in the world, making it the perfect place to unwind as you take a stroll along the sand and watch the rolling waves pass by. Whether you want to sunbathe on the sand, paddle along the shore, or stroll along the cliffs, there’s a beach for everyone in Scotland.

There are many secluded beaches in Scotland, giving you the perfect, peaceful day out that you desire. If this is what you’re looking for, then just under an hour away from Southerness Holiday Park is Dhoon Beach. At just 350 metres long, the beach is surrounded by many interesting rock formations and trails for you to explore. At low tide, you might even catch a glimpse of a shipwreck too.

Another stunning beach can be found just 10 minutes down the road from Grannie’s Heilan’ Hame Holiday Park. Dornoch Beach is a great place to go to relax, as this stretch of golden sand is set beside the tranquil Dornoch Firth. If you’re lucky, you might even spot seals and dolphins playing in the water. Whether you fancy a peaceful paddle along the shore, or you want to explore the surrounding dunes, Dornoch Beach is a spectacular place to go for a relaxing retreat.

Video sourced from Dougie Smith

Have you had a relaxing holiday in Scotland? If so, we’d love to hear all about it on our Twitter or Facebook page.

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