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26th June 2017 | Regional News

4 of Scotland’s Most Scenic Spots

Scotland is a beautiful country that is home to some incredibly diverse landscapes. With miles of vast countryside, mysterious lochs, fairy-tale forests and magnificent mountains, it’s not surprising that scenery is one of Scotland’s biggest selling points.

From glens to woodland, here at Parkdean Holidays, we’ve handpicked 4 of the most scenic spots in Scotland for you to discover on your next holiday.

Faskally Wood

Under 30 minutes from Tummel Valley Holiday Park, Faskally Wood is a beautiful woodland area within Tay Forest Park. The picturesque Loch Dunmore can be found right in the centre, where the trees reflect off the water to create a truly stunning setting.

Faskally Wood is home to lots of different trees, some of which are more than 200 years old. The wood is man-made and was created in the 19th century in the grounds of Faskally House, which was used as a Forestry Commission School.

A fantastic location for walking, there’s lots of beautiful scenery to explore at Faskally Wood. Head out on the Dunmore Trail, which takes you on an easy access route around the loch and is perfect for families with children.

If you’re a wildlife lover, look out for kingfishers, herons and golden-eye ducks as you stroll along the water’s edge. If you’re looking for a peaceful spot to rest then you’re in luck, as this is one of the best picnic spots in Scotland. Soak up the fantastic views across the lochside and admire the beautiful water lilies that bloom here during the summer.

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Glen Strathfarrar

Just over an hour away from Grannie’s Heilan’ Hame Holiday Park, Glen Strathfarrar is a beautiful valley located in the Scottish Highlands. The River Farrar runs through the middle of the valley, surrounded by towering mountains on either side, creating one of the most scenic landscapes in Britain.

The road leading to Glen Strathfarrar is private, so if you’re travelling there by car you’ll have to ask for permission to get through the locked gate at the gatehouse. There’s only a limited number of cars allowed into the glen each day, so it remains completely peaceful and tranquil. If you’re accessing the glen on foot or bike, there are no restrictions.

Glen Strathfarrar is a haven for those who love spending time in the great outdoors. Since the road is virtually traffic free, it’s ideal for a scenic bike ride. From the gate, the road runs for 14 miles to the end of Loch Monar and is fairly gentle apart from one steep, short hill right at the end. If you’re cycling with children, the lower part of the glen will be perfect for them, and it’s easy to turn back at any point.

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Firth of Clyde

Located on Scotland’s West Coast, and less than 20 minutes away from Wemyss Bay Holiday Park, the Firth of Clyde is one of the largest areas of sheltered deep water in Britain. A haven for wildlife, the area is one of the most beautiful locations in all of Scotland.

The Firth spans around 30 miles at its widest point, with several lochs opening into it. It’s the perfect spot for boating, or just relaxing with a picnic, and the yachts in the harbour all add to the Firth’s stunning scenery.

To see the Firth of Clyde at its best, we recommend taking a ferry trip to explore the nearby islands. The boats leave from Wemyss Bay Ferry Terminal, and if you’re lucky, you might even spot seals and porpoises on your journey across the Firth.

It takes less than two hours to get to the historic Isle of Bute, which is renowned for its amazing architecture and beautiful gardens. If you fancy a stroll, then check out the West Island Way, an island long marked trail which offers stunning views over the Firth. Along with walking, Bute is also great for cycling and fishing, and there are some lovely sandy beaches if you’re looking to sunbathe and relax.

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The Trossachs

The land to the East of Loch Lomond is known as the Trossachs, a beautiful area which is full of small glens, picture-perfect woodland and incredible wildflowers. Located an hour from Tummel Valley Holiday Park, the Trossachs were first made famous by the writer Walter Scott over 200 years ago. After describing the spectacular scenery in publications such as Rob Roy and The Lady of the Lake, tourists soon started to flock to this beautiful spot.

The Trossachs are often referred to as “the Scottish Highlands in miniature”, and are part of Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park. The scenery is very romantic, and there are plenty of walking and cycling routes that offer amazing views of the sparkling lochs and wooded hills. For a fun-filled family adventure, try out Go Ape Aberfoyle, where you can zip wire through the forests that make up the Trossachs.

If you’re travelling by car, then the winding road known as the Duke’s Pass leads you through some of the most beautiful parts of the Trossachs. The road was originally built by the Duke of Montrose in the 19th century to improve access to his estate, and was later upgraded to accommodate tourists.

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