The Kingdom of Fife, Stirlingshire and Argyll
From the East Coast to the West Coast - mountains and lochs, woodlands, fishing villages. and castles and gardens – plenty to entertain you and the family.
The Kingdom of Fife – golf, fishing villages and St. Andrews
Think golf, fishing villages and historic castles! St. Andrews is the jewel in the crown of the Kngdom of Fife, with its Castle and Abbey, a sandy beach and secluded university quadrangles. St. Andrews Castle has a bottle-dungeon, into which prisoners were pitched in more turbulent times; St. Andrews Cathedral, now a ruin, is still impressive enough to warrant a visit. There are several indepedently owned shops in the town..
South of St. Andrews are the former fishing villages of Pittenweem, Anstruther and Crail; take time to explore them and then head inland to Loch Leven and Lochleven Castle on a tiny island, where Mary, Queen of Scots was imprisoned before she fled to England; you can cross to the island in a small boat. Near the market town of Cupar is the Edinburgh Woollen Mill Centre; the highlights here are the deer and the otters, the red squirrels, the foxes and the wildcats, a great for the kids. Aberdour Castle is now a splendid ruin, but was once a luxurious Renaissance home and pleasure garden. Castle Campbell is set high above a tree-lined ravine on the edge of the Ochil Hills.
Stirling, the Trossachs and Loch Lomond
Near the town of Stirling is the Wallace Monument which towers high above the River Forth; the view from the top rewards those who tackle the long climb. Set aside at least a couple of hours at Stirling Castle, once the centre of the royal Scottish court in Medieval times, and there is plenty to see - as well as the views over the Forth valley.
Travel west via Callander and Kilmahog in the Trossachs (where you can meet Hamish Dhu and Honey, two beautiful Highland cattle, at the Simply The Best visitor centre)..Enjoy a cruise on board the steamship Sir Walter Scott, by far the best way to enjoy Loch Katrine in the heart of Rob Roy Country.. From the cafe in the the Forestry and Land Scotland's Forest Visitor Centre near Aberfoyle, there are panoramic views of the changing autumn colours. For something completely different, watch the sheepdogs at work (herding ducks, not sheep!) at the Scottish Wool Centre in Aberfoyle..
Dunoon and the Cowal Peninsula
Dunoon is the gateway to the Cowal peninsula, a short ferry trip from Gourock on the Firth of Clyde to the west of Glasgow. From the town you can head north to Inveraray (stop off at the Auchindrain Crofting Museum). Visit Inveraray Jail to learn about the justice system in the 18th century or Inveraray Castle, a few minutes from the centre..
Oban is the gateway to Mull and other islands, with Caledonian MacBrayne ferries providing an excellent service. But on the mainland plenty to see in the area around Oban. Dunstaffnage Castle is just to the north and to the south iis Kilmartin Glen, where there are more standing stones and burial cairns than anywhere else in Europe. You can climb to the top of Dunadd, a hill fort, which was once the crowning place of the kings of ancient Scotland. Right on Oban harbour is the Edinburgh Woollen Mill Centre, where you can get woollens or tweeds. Inveraray was a "new town" in the 18th century, with a simple layout. The Edinburgh Woollen Mill visitor centre was originally a blacksmith's smithy, dating from 1787.
Loch Lomond is said to be the most beautiful loch in Scotland and the best way to explore it is to take one of the excursion boats which set off from its shores and then perhaps go over the hill to the town of Helesburgh, with the nearby Hill House, designed by Charles Rennie Macintosh, one of Scotland's most celebrated architects.
For more ideas on what you can do each day, ask staff on your caravan park or visit the local information centre.