Scotland is on a roll. This summer it’s the epicentre of the UK for sport, culture, music and general all-round gorgeousness. If you don’t believe it, take a look at our top ten reasons to head north this summer.
1. The 2014 Commonwealth Games
The final tranche of tickets have just been released for this sporting spectacular which kicks off in Glasgow on 23rd July. If you’re lucky enough to get tickets it’s going to be an unforgettable experience. If not, don’t worry, still head north and join in the celebrations; there is a host of cultural events planned to capture the atmosphere.
2. Highland Games
The Commonwealth Games will have their single glorious moment in Scotland this year but the highland games are the true stalwarts of the sporting calendar. Feats of strength and stamina include hammer throwing, tug of war and, of course, tossing the caber. Along with highland dancing and piping competitions, and often set in an open clearing with the mountains as a backdrop, a highland games gathering is the distilled essence of traditional Scotland. Close to Ardgartan Argyll, the Inveraray Games are on 22nd July, and if you are staying at Strathyre, the Balquhidder, Lochearnhead and Strathyre Games are on 26th July.
3. The 2014 Ryder Cup
Golf comes home to Scotland this September with the Ryder Cup at Gleneagles. See out the summer on a golfing high at the tournament or seek out one of the associated golfing events
4. Scotland Homecoming 2014
A year-long celebration, the Scotland Homecoming 2014 invites Scots at home and abroad and visitors from around the world to a whirlwind of events under the headings of Food & Drink, Active, Creative Scotland and Natural Scotland. Choose your favourite events and plan your Forest Holiday around them, or book your Forest Holiday in the knowledge that there will be something to enjoy whenever you go.
5. Bannockburn Live
Bannockburn Live is the signature event of the Scotland Homecoming. Commemorating the 700th anniversary of the Battle of Bannockburn it’s a two day immersion in Scotland’s history and culture with re-enactments, music, food and drink. It’s on 28th - 29 June at the National Trust for Scotland’s Battle of Bannockburn heritage site.
6. The Edinburgh Festival and Fringe
You know it’s a bumper Scottish summer when the Edinburgh Festival and Fringe is bumped into 6th place. There’s little we need to say about this world famous festival other than you can comfortably get there from our Strathyre location.
7. T in the Park
While we’re in the festival mood, T in the Park celebrates its 20th year this summer. For the young, young at heart and possibly the brave-hearted, 3 days of music and mud are headlined by Biffy Clyro, Ed Sheeran, Pharrell Williams and the Arctic Monkeys. If the camping and glamping don’t quite cut it for you, Strathyre cabins are less than an hour away from the Balado venue.
8. Views to die for
A change of direction now, as we explore a more mellow side of Scotland. As the summer days lengthen (and in Scotland they are very long), there is more time to appreciate the breath-taking scenery of lochs, mountains, woodlands and rivers that characterise this beautiful country. In Argyll and Strathyre you can explore the terrain for miles around or simply lie back in your hot tub and soak up the views right in front of you.
9. Corbetts, Grahams and Munros
You might have heard of Munro bagging – climbing the 282 mountains of Scotland over 3000ft. Less well known are the Corbetts and the Grahams. The Grahams are the mountains over 2000ft but less than 2500ft and the Corbetts fill the gap between the two. All told there are over 700 peaks to conquer. You won’t get through them all this summer, but you might get the bug if you start with one or two.
10. Cabins available at Argyll and Strathyre!
A luxury woodland cabin, complete with outdoor hot tub, at the edge of a tranquil loch in Argyll or at the foot of a pine clad mountain in Strathyre. A base for the games, the festivals and the celebrations of Scotland’s summer of 2014. Or simply the chance to enjoy a world away from the day-to-day. Either way, it’s a fine reason to visit Scotland this summer.