TRY A NEW ACTIVITY ON YOUR HOLIDAY
Almost all our parks are in the countryside or by the sea and you can enjoy your favourite outdoors' pursuit (or try a new one). Some Thistle Holiday Parks have activities on-site or rnearby. Please note that the parks may not yet be able to offer these activities this season and you should check with them before you travel.
Blair Castle Caravan Park, near Pitlochry: The park is on a large estate in Highland Perthshire:
- walking: way-marked trails through the woods and over the moors. From 1 to 10 miles long, of varying degrees of difficulty, including trails for visitors with impaired mobility.
- cycling: bring your own cycle or hire one from the park. Several trails are suitable for cycling.
- fishing: fly-fishing for trout and salmon on the Lower Tummel, the Garry and the Tilt, and in hill lochs. Bring your own equipment. There is a charge for this.
- segway tours: guided tours of the grounds; this is run by a private company but you can get information at the Caravan Park's reception desk..
Glenearly Caravan Park near Dalbeattie 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 stocked every year with carp and trench; this is an 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 near Gairloch in the North West Highlands: This park has a long, sandy beach on the Atlantic and is ideal for kayaking for both novices and experienced kayakers. Hire a kayak from reception. 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: canoe trips; motorboat hire,a 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 across the Firth of Clyde from Gourock, west of Glasgow.
On-site are: water-walkers; archery; crossbows; fencing; BodyZorbs; climbing wall; crazy carts; badminton.
In the area are: fishing; quad bikes; walking trails; cycle hire. www.argyllholidays.com/book-now
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; table tennis.. In the Forest there are bike trails and walks; Plus archery, wind-sailing and abseiling; SUPs (stand-up paddles) and mountain-biking. www.lochkenholidaypark.co.uk
Badrallach Camping Site on Little Loch Broom, south of Ullapool, in the north west Highlands: Good sea-fishing (with local knowledge provided!), plus loch fishing for trout, charr and ferox. The surrounding hills are great for scrambling, bouldering and hill-walking, fat-biking and trail-biking. Bring your own kayak or try wild swimming and diving. www.badrallach.com/stay/camping.html
Forestry and Land Scotland: In the forests you can go walking, cycling, horse-riding, and even try swinging through the treetops! And bird-watching,, of course. Forests are great for these activities whatever your age, and whatever your level of fitness! Visit the Galloway Forest Park in Dumfries and Galloway, the Queen Elizabeth Forest Park in the Trossachs,, Loch Ard in Argyll, Tentsmuir in Fife, near St. Andrews. For all you need to know, visit www.forestryandland.gov.scot/activities