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22nd May 2017 | Regional News

The Best of Scotland 2017

With a fascinating heritage, unique traditions and exciting events, Scotland has something for everyone. This year, Rough Guides has named Scotland as one of their must-see destinations, so there’s never been a better time to visit this fantastic country.

From beautiful landscapes to fantastic festivals, there’s always something new to experience on a visit to Scotland. To help you plan your next holiday in Scotland, here are 5 activities you simply must do this year.

Soak up Scotland’s Heritage with a Distillery Tour

There are endless food and drink experiences in Scotland, and this year there are some new additions you won’t want to miss. There’s no better way to explore all that the country has to offer than by taking a trip around some of Scotland’s most famous distilleries.

In Dumfries and Galloway, the Bladnoch Distillery will open its doors to visitors again this autumn, after being closed for several years. Take a tour around the distillery, which was founded in 1817, and sample some of its famous whiskies. Under an hour and a half from Southerness Holiday Park, there’s lots to experience on a visit.

If you’re staying at Grannie’s Heilan’ Hame Holiday Park, you’ll be close to one of Scotland’s best-known whisky distilleries. The Glenmorangie Distillery has been producing some of the world’s finest whiskies since 1843. Take a tour and see how Scotland’s national drink is made, and sample some of Glenmorangie’s most famous brands.

If whisky isn’t for you, you can discover more about Scotland’s up and coming gin industry at the Crafty Distillery in Newton Stewart. Just over an hour from Southerness Holiday Park, experience its modern approach to gin distilling. Experience the “Tour, Taste & Mix”, where you’ll not only be able to sample their gins, but you can take part in cocktail making too.

Video sourced from Ted Davis

Join In The Highland Games

Combining sport, culture and fun in a traditional Scottish way, the Highland Games will take place every weekend during the summer months near our holiday parks in Scotland.

From heavy athletic events, like the caber toss and tug-o-war, to traditional Highland dancing competitions and bag piping, there are plenty of games to attend to keep you entertained. You can even try your hand at some of the games yourself, as many of the events run ‘have-a-go’ sessions allowing spectators to take part, too! You’ll also find a fine dose of Scottish food, drink and music on offer as well, and lots of activities for all the family to enjoy.

One of the most exciting parts of any Highland Games event is the spectacular Scottish performances. The massed bands create a memorable sight when hundreds of drummers and pipers come together to play and march at the same time.

Video sourced from InvernessFestivals

Explore Scotland’s History, Heritage and Archaeology

There has never been a better time to discover the stories of Scotland’s fascinating past than during 2017, The Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology. The good news is that you can find amazing historic sites on the doorstep of all our holiday parks in Scotland.

Scotland’s history dates back over thousands of years, with historic sites dotted all over its beautiful landscape. From castles to ancient monuments, wherever you go in Scotland you’ll be able to learn about the legends of its enthralling past.

Under 15 minutes from Nairn Lochloy Holiday Park, you’ll find the majestic Cawdor Castle. Made famous as the fictional home of the Thane of Cawdor in Shakespeare’s Macbeth, Cawdor is one of Scotland’s most magical castles. Well-known for its fairy-tale appearance, the castle has an enchanting history. Wander around the historic building and visit the castle’s carefully manicured grounds that are perfect for a family picnic.

You can travel back in time and learn the stories of Scotland’s ancient past with a visit to one of the country’s prehistoric sites. Less than 30 minutes from Nairn Lochloy Holiday Park, you’ll find the Clava Cairns, an amazingly well-preserved Bronze Age cemetery that is roughly 4,000 years old.

Video sourced from European Waterways

Experience Edinburgh’s Festivals

Edinburgh’s famous summer festivals celebrate the best performance entertainment from across the world. This year will mark their 70th anniversary, and under 2 hours from Sundrum Castle Holiday Park, it’s well worth attending a festival in Scotland’s iconic capital.

Edinburgh’s festivals take place between the 4th and 28th August, when venues and streets across the city come to life with a whole variety of performances. Enjoy opera, theatre, dance and music events at the Edinburgh International Festival, as performers travel from across the world to showcase their talents.

The Fringe Festival also takes place during this time, with alternative creative arts. Known as the world’s biggest creative arts festival, everybody is welcome to take part. Boasting some of the biggest names in show business to up-and-coming performers, The Fringe is jam-packed with all sorts of exciting events.

There are lots of other things to see and do in Edinburgh too. Visit the magnificent castle that overlooks the city and wander around the streets to unearth the fascinating art and architecture. Edinburgh is bursting with museums and art galleries, allowing you to soak up the culture of this unique city.

Video sourced from FantomFlyer

Discover the Great Outdoors

From rugged mountains to gorgeous sandy beaches, Scotland is home to some of the most remarkable natural landscapes in the world. A visit to this fantastic country wouldn’t be complete without an adventure in the great outdoors.

The Cairngorms National Park, close to Tummel Valley Holiday Park, boasts some of the most stunning views in the whole country, with towering mountains, peaceful forests, heather moorlands and tranquil rivers. Grab your walking boots and explore miles of pathways and hiking routes, or head out for a mountain biking adventure. Don’t forget to look out for some of Scotland’s rarest wildlife, including the Scottish Wildcat and the Golden Eagle.

Scotland’s coastline is also home to some of the most breathtaking views in the country. With endless sandy beaches, rugged headlands and offshore islands, there is lots to explore. If you’re staying at Grannie’s Heilan’ Hame Holiday Park, you’re moments away from the white sands of Embo Beach. Edged by sand dunes, it has beautiful views over the Dornoch Firth, where you can often spot dolphins playing in the waters.

One of the best ways to discover Scotland’s spectacular outdoors is to follow the North Coast 500, Scotland’s answer to the famous Route 66. Taking you through the beautiful Highlands, past secluded coves and beaches and alongside towering mountains, this route is a great way to experience all that Scotland has to offer.

Video sourced from Aye in the Sky

What do you have planned for your visit to Scotland in 2017? We’d love to hear all about it on our Facebook and Twitter pages.

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