A bank holiday weekend in Scotland is all about choice.
As the sun descends behind the snow-capped mountains, casting a golden glow across the landscape, where would you prefer to be? Relaxing by Loch Long, the waters gently lapping at the shore as you gaze across the valley, enjoying a sense of complete solitude, or sharing stories and laughter with friends, while children run across the grassy glade at Strathyre...
If you’ve travelled some distance to get here, the first views of the pine clad mountains and tranquil loch will go some way to reviving you. But head inside your cabin and the sight of a pre-booked hamper of local temptation will bring a real sense of the Scots to your holiday.
Enjoy an evening stroll along the loch, where you’re likely to find a few fishermen enjoying the last of the day’s sun, and then head back for oatie biscuits, local cheese and a dram of Arran whiskey. Sit out on your decking in the cool evening air, or curl up by your fire inside, it’s up to you.
A Saturday morning adventure is just what you need to launch the weekend. And launch you will, with a canoe session on the calm waters of Loch Long at Ardgartan Argyll or Loch Lubnaig at Strathyre. A team of expert instructors are on hand to help you out, and as you explore the loch from the water's side you’ll see the landscape from a completely new perspective.
You’ll need refuelling, so pop into the Forest Retreat to choose a light lunch. Kids can enjoy an hour in the play area, while you treat yourself to a slice of cake.
Then jump in the car and head around the loch for Inveraray Castle. With conical roofs on the corner towers, extensive, sculpted gardens and a basement kitchen with seven fireplaces, you’ll feel a real sense of grandeur as you explore.
Your route back to your cabin will take you past Loch Fyne Oyster Bar & Deli. Stop here for an evening meal, cooked fresh from the latest catch of the season.
Back at your cabin, take an evening stroll to Otters Creek, and if you’re lucky you’ll catch a sight of these delightful creatures in their natural habitat. Then back to the cabin to slide into the hot tub, lie back and enjoy unspoilt views of the night sky.
It’s time for a spot of indulgence. After a lovely lie in, spoil yourself with an In-cabin spa treatment. Massage, facials, a body scrub; this morning is about you.
While you’re immersing yourself in holiday time, there’s plenty to do for family members who can’t sit still. Learn a new skill with our archery sessions at Strathyre, or get high up in the Tree Zone on scrambling nets and zip wires.
Continue the adventures and make sure to discover the Scottish scenery. Choose between a family bike ride around the Trossachs National Park or get wet and wild on a scramble up waterfalls and down water chutes, on a gorge walking challenge.
After such an active day, who wants to cook? Take the hassle out of dinner by picking a few family favourites to be delivered to your cabin, with choices such as our Curry Night pack or Pizza Night pack.
Don your dark clothing and sturdy footwear, head over to the Forest Retreat and meet up with your Forest Ranger for your pre-booked adventure. There’s something quite dramatic about a Scottish forest at night. Head into the dark woods, equipped with night vision goggles, and learn about the nocturnal world of hunting owls, swooping bats and shy badgers. Forest Rangers are experts in the local wildlife, and you’ll discover a whole new world.
It might be Monday, but there’s no rush to be off. Have you ever climbed a mountain? Well, now’s your chance. There are plenty of places to walk in the National Park from gentle hill strolls to steep inclines for experienced climbers. Once you’ve reached the top, stop for a while to enjoy the views and breath in fresh, crisp Scottish air. Take a moment to pause, take a deep breath, and take that final sense of calm back down as you head home.
Peace and tranquillity, or adventure and excitement - the choice is yours. Book your Scottish break now!