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SCOTTISH TOURING AND CARAVAN HOLIDAYS
All About the Regions of Scotland
Scotland is the ideal destination for a holiday, whether you enjoy touring with your caravan or motorhome or opt for a caravan holiday home or lodge. Within a few miles the scenery can change dramatically, there are castles galore to explore, and the forests and glens draw walkers off the road and into the tranquillity of the countryside.
Here is a snapshot of Scotland's regions to help you choose where to go on your Scottish holiday:
Angus has Dundee as its main city, with the new Victoria and Albert Museum (to open in 2018) and RRS Discovery just beside it. Along the coast there are sevral beautiful beaches, the towns of Montrose and Arbroath and villages like Carnoustie and Monifieth, whilst inland the Angus Glens are highlights for walkers, both low-level and more challenging routes. And don't forget golf - Carnoustie is one of several top-class ones, so put your clubs in the caravan!
Argyll is to the west, a coastal region with Oban as its main port (the Gateway to the Isles). Popular destinations in Argyll include Inveraray, Campbeltown, Garelochhead and Dunoon. Think of Argyll as a county of mountains and forests, and the ideal stepping off point for the islands, an essential part of any caravan touring holiday in Scotland.
Ayrshire to the south of Glasgow is a farming county, with fertile soil and the benefit of the warm air from the Gulf Stream, so Spring comes early. Ayrshire is also richi n golf courses, including Turnberry and Troon. There are several castles to visit on your caravan holiday, such as Culzean Castle and Dumfries House. Ayrshire is where Robert Burns, Scotland's national poet, was born, and several places tell his story. A short ferry trip takes you to the islands of Arran and Bute and Cumbrae.
Dumfries and Galloway in the south west, is a landscape of hills, moorland, coastline, forest, rivers, beaches and small villages along the Solway Firth. In the far west is the Mull of Galloway, from where you can see the hills of Northern Ireland and the Isle of Man. From Dumfries in the east to Stranraer in the west there are villages, gardens and castles to be explored on your caravanning or camping holiday in Scotland.
Edinburgh and the Lothians give you the contrast of a busy city packed full of places to visit and the fertile fields of East Lothian and Midlothian. North Berwick is a popular tourist town on the coast, but there are lots of other villages to visit, including, Dunbar, Stenton, Pencaitland and Dirleton, with historic houses and gardens galore. N.B. East Lothian has more hours of sunshine than anywhere else in Scotland.
The Kingdom of Fife (between the Firth of Forth and the Firth of Tay) is known worlwide as the Home of Golf, because of St. Andrews, but there is much more than golf; explore the fishing villages of Crail, Pittenweem and Anstruther, Falkland Castle, Kellie Castle, Aberdour Castle. Plus the Fife Coastal Trail. From North Queensferry there is a perfect view of the three bridges - the Forth Bridge (railway), the Forth Road Bridge - and the new Queensferry Crossing (to open on 30 August 2017). Book into one of the caravan parks in Fife and explore.
Glasgow and the Clyde Valley Glasgow is a large,busy city with a real buzz to it. You may go for the shopping but make sure you visit Kelvingrove Museum and Art Gallery, the Riverside Museum (about all kinds of transport), Pollok House and Glasgow Cathedral are two major attractins. To the south is the Clyde Valley, through which the River Clyde flows; visit New Lanark, a historic village where a model community was set up in the 19th century by the industrialist Robert Owen.
The Scottish Highlands; it is imposisble to sum up the beauty of this area in a short paragraph, but words which come to mind are mountains and glens, stunning landscape, sandy beaches and imposing cliffs, winding single-track roads, Highland villages, friendly people. And castles, gardens, heritage museums. And walking, cycling, watersports, mountain-climbing, golf.. Touring by caravan is the ideal holiday in this area, but if you want to stay put, choose one of the caravan parks which has holiay homes to let.
Orkney and Shetland are two archipelagos of islands to the north, both beautiful, but their scenery is very different; Orkeny is green farmland, whilst Shetland is moorland. Orkney has several sites of major Neolithic interest and Shetland has Jarlshof, one of the most interesting of settlements, covering the prehistoric to the Viking eras. Take time to visit more than just the main islands in both Orkney and Sheltnad and you will be glad you did so, because life on the smaller islands is slower and you will find communities which are self-reliant and productive.
The Outer and Inner Hebrides are reached from Skye, Ullapool, Mallaig, Oban and Kennacraig; you may have heard of Mull and Lewis and Harris, but add to the list Tiree and Coll, North and South Uist, Barra and Benbecula, and Jura. Caledonain MacBrayne, the ferry company, now have Road Equivalent Tariffs, which make the journey a reasonable price on your caravan tourng holiday. ~~Skye,itself can be reached by the bridge, but more exciting is the ferry from Mallagi.
Perthshire is in the heart of Scotland, a mixture of rich, fertile farmland and mountains and forests: Highland Perthshire, at the centre of which is Pitlochry, is especially popular for walkers and watersports enthuriasts. The River Tay, one of the great salmon rivers of the world, flows through the centre of Perthshire. Visit Blair Clastle, the Queen's View, Scone Palace, Dunkeld Cathedral and the Scottish Crannog Centre, all easily reached caravan parks in the area.., .
The Scottish Borders lie across the south of Scotland so, if you are coming from England or Wales for your touring caravan, tent or motorhome, you will travel through the Borders, but stop and explore before you move on. The Border Abbeys, built in the 12th Century, are in Melrose, Kelso, Dryburgh and Jedburgh; visit Abbotsford, once home of Sir Walter Scott, Floors Castle, Dawyck Botanic Garden, and Traquair House. .
Stirling and The Trossachs: Stirling Castle is said to be the best in Scotland, once the home of the Stewarts, the rulers of Scotland, it is now somewhere to visit and to learn about the history of Scotland. A few miles away are the Trossachs, one of the most beautiful in the country, forests, winding roads, little villages and Loch Katrine, where a cruice on the Sir Walter Scott is an essential ingredient of a perfect caravan holiday in Scotland.
Scottish Touring and Caravan Holidays in Scotland
Scotland is the ideal destination for a holiday, whether you enjoy touring with your caravan or motorhome or opt for a caravan holiday home or lodge; there are castles, historic houses and gardens to explore, and the forests and glens draw walkers off the road and into the tranquillity of the countryside. At the end of the day, enjoy a local whisky, beer or gin.
If you are planning a touring or a caravan holiday in Scotland then it is packed full of places to visit; castles and abbeys, historic houses and gardens, distilleries and breweries, and visitor centres to tell you about our heritage. A few tips to help you plan your caravan holiday in Scotland.
If you like caravan holidays in Scotland, whether touring or in a holiday home, you probably love being out of doors. Wherever you park your caravan or pitch your tent for the night, there will be a forest or a moorland or nature trails not far away. Forestry Commission Scotland forests are ideal for walking, cycling, bird-watching and just enjoying Scotland's flora and fauna. There are walking trails to suit all ages and levels of fitness. With over 500 golf courses in Scotland, you have plenty of choice, wherever your caravan holiday takes you.
Scotland's wildlife is one of the main reasons that people visit Scotland. Our mountains, moorlands and forests are home to red deer, roe deer, squirrels, hares, eagles and ospreys, and many other birds. In the rivers and along the shoreline, you can spot seals and otters; in the seas around Scotland, there are dolphins and whales.
Scotland is home to many breweries, gin and whisky distilleries and there is bound to be one near your caravan park.
Scottish Touring and Caravan Holidays in Scotland