TRY A NEW ACTIVITY ON YOUR HOLIDAY
Almost all our parks are in the countryside and it's easy to find walking and cyclng trails or to enjoy your favourite outdoors' pursuit, but some Thistle Holiday Parks actually have activities on-site. Here is a selection:
Blair Castle Caravan Park: The park is in a large estate north of Pitlochry in Highland Perthshire and there are many activities:
- walking: way-marked trails through the woods and over the moors. From one to ten miles long, of varying degrees of difficulty. Trails for visitors with impaired mobility. Brochure available.
- cycling: bring your own cycle or hire one from the supplier in the village (ask the holiday park for information). Several of the way-marked trails are suitable for cycling.
- fishing: fly-fishing for trout and salmon on the Lower Tummel, the Garry and the Tilt, and in some hill lochs. There is a charge. Bring your own equipment.
- segway tours: guided segway tours of the grounds; this is run by a private company, so ask the holiday park for contact details..
For information: www.blaircastlecaravanpark.co.uk/
Glenearly Caravan Park in Dumfries and Galloway: A lovely park in Dumfriesshire, not too far from the Galloway Forest Park (plenty of walking there!). There is a 0.75-acre loch on-site which is stocked every year with carp and trench; this is an outdoor activity which demands patience and not a little guile! Equipment can be hired from a shop in nearby Dalbeattie. www.glenearlycaravanpark.co.uk/
Sands Caravan Park at Gairloch in the North West Highlands: This park has a long beach on the Atlantic, is ideal for kayaking. Both novice and experienced kayakers can enjoy excursions along the shore. You can hire kayaks from reception - £45 for a double kayak and £25 for a single for the day. www.sandscaravanandcamping.co.uk
Drimsynie Estate Holiday Village, near Lochgoilhead in Argyll: On-site there are lots of activities: water-walkers; archery; crossbows; quad bikes; petancque; fencing; BodyZorbs; crazy carts; badminton.
In the area are: canoe trips; motorboat hire, climbing wall, fishing, walking and cycling. www.argyllholidays.com/book-now
Hunters Quay Holiday Village: just outside Dunoon on the Cowal Peninsula, easily reached by ferry from Groucock, west of Glasgow.
On-site are: waterwalkers; archery; crossbows; fencing; BodyZorbs; climbing wall; crazy carts; badminton.
In the area are: fishing; quad bikes; walking trails; cycle hire.
Loch Ken Holiday Park: in the Galloway Forest Park, west of Dumfries.
On-site are loch-fishing; rowing boats, kayaks and pedal boats; water-sports; outdoor chessboard and table tennis..
In the Forest are bike trails and walks; Loch Ken Marina; archery, wind-sailing and abseiling; mountain-biking
Badrallach Camping Site south of Ullapool: hire a bike and explore the quiet mountain roads or a canoe and paddle along the shore of "our" loch in the glorious scenery of the North West Highlands.
Forestry Commission Scotland: Here's what you can do in the forests in Scotland; walking, cycling, horse-riding, canoeing, and even swinging through the treetops! And wildlife-watching, of course. Forests great for these activities which are also near Thistle Holiday Parks autumn and things to do are in Dumfries and Galloway, the Trossachs Aberfoyle (the Queen Elizabeth Forest Park ), Loch Ard in Argyll, Tentsmuir in Fife, near St. Andrews. For all you need to know, visit www.scotland.forestry.gov.uk/activities