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Get set for a sensational Scottish summer

Scotland is brim-full of exciting activities and events this summer. Plan out your ideal Scottish holiday with this handy guide to events near to Forest Holidays’ Argyll and Strathyre locations.

It’s turning into a good year for Scotland. With Murray’s Wimbledon win fresh in our minds and 2013 officially designated the Year of Natural Scotland, this summer is the perfect time to head north and dip into a calendar of quintessentially Scottish sporting and cultural events.

Traditional Highland Games

There is surely nothing that captures the spirit of Scotland better than a highland games. Witness kilted strongmen tossing the caber and enjoy traditional Scottish country dancing, pipe bands, haggis and more. The largest games in the world, the Cowal Games in Dunoon on 29-31st August, are just over one hour’s drive from Argyll. Closer to home, try the Inveraray games on 20th July. Sadly, Strathyre’s local games in Callander have been cancelled this year but there are half a dozen other highland games all within striking distance, the two closest being at Lochearnhead on 20th July, and Bridge of Allen on 4th August.

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From Festival to Forest

If you plan your holiday for August, you will be able to head for the world famous Edinburgh Festival and Fringe. And you should! This 3 week explosion of culture, comedy and spectacular entertainment won’t disappoint. With Strathyre just over an hour from the capital city, you can enjoy the festivities to your heart’s content before escaping to the tranquillity of your luxury cabin in the forest. Here you can reflect on the highlights as you sink into your hot tub, glass in hand.

The Great Scottish Swim

Felling active? The Great Scottish Swim at nearby Loch Lomond is part of the UK Great Swim programme. It’s an opportunity to swim freely in a natural loch; no lanes, no chlorine, just you and the great outdoors (and a few hundred other swimmers, lifeguards and spectators!)  You can choose to do the ½ mile, 1 mile or 2 mile course, so it's the perfect challenge for swimmers of all abilities, from amateur enthusiasts to Olympic champions. What’s more, you get a medal and a T shirt for talking part!

The Year of Natural Scotland

The natural environment is the no.1 reason that people visit Scotland, and 2013 is the Year of Natural Scotland. Why not become a part of it for a few days this summer at one of our idyllic forest locations in Strathyre or Argyll. Walk, climb and sail, discover romantic castles, visit historic towns and explore infamous battle sites. Or simply relax on your cabin deck and savour the breath-taking landscape of majestic mountains, tranquil lochs and acres of pine forests filling the air with the scent of summer.

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Whatever you want your holiday to be this year, from a whirl of events and activities to simply taking pleasure in the natural environment, you can be sure that Scotland will deliver.

Did you know?

  • Highland games may be responsible for the Olympics. They are claimed to have influenced Baron Pierre de Coubertin when he was planning the Modern Olympic Games.
  • Originally, only men danced at the highland games but now 95% of all highland games dancers are women.

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5 More Unmissable Scotland Events

  • Skillmun, Killmun in Dunoon, 20th July 2013. A festival of traditional skills, art and heritage, with a very Scottish feel
  • Agricultural Shows, all summer throughout the region. Try the Mid-Argyll Show at Kilmory, Lochgilphead on 10th August for a glimpse of authentic rural Scotland
  • The Edinburgh Tattoo, throughout August. A massed band spectacular with performers from across the globe, in the atmospheric setting of Edinburgh Castle
  • Let’s go Batty, 24th – 25th August, Queen Elizabeth Forest Park. Fun activities and night-time bat spotting as part of the European Bat Week
  • Lomond Folk Festival, Balloch, 26th -28th August. A family friendly music festival on the shores of Loch Lomond, just under half an hour away from Argyll