The Lonely Planet calls The Trossachs, ‘achingly beautiful’. Less than an hour’s drive north of the hustle and bustle of Glasgow, The Trossachs (also known as the gateway to the Highlands) couldn’t be more different to Scotland’s second city. It’s a mountainous National Park, with lochs around just about every corner, plenty of wildlife and lush, rolling countryside in abundance.
This is a place of peace and tranquillity, where internet connection and mobile phone signals are practically non-existent, where cars slow to allow ducks to cross the road, red squirrels climb the trees and the only sounds you wake to in the mornings are the gush of a nearby waterfall, the trill of birds singing and the wind whispering through the forest.
Even though we’ve been coming to this part of Scotland for the past 20+ years, I’m always surprised by how quickly we all adjust to the little differences. Instead of spending time on our computers and tablets, we play board games, take long walks in the forest, go for picnics and feed the ducks that plague the balcony of our lodge for scraps. I don’t even mind the near persistent rainfall up here because without it, we wouldn’t be able to enjoy the lush landscape that surrounds us.
This is the view from our lodge window: it stretches over manicured gardens where the rhododendrons are in full bloom, across the glistening water of Loch Ard and up into the tree lined mountains that meet the clouds in the distance. There is something special about a view that reaches as far as the eye can see. It seems to have the ability to filter the thought process and, more importantly, the longer you stare at it the more you realise that you have absolutely no idea what the time is and it really doesn’t matter.
A shot from Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum
The Trossachs are a great base from which to explore Glasgow, Edinburgh, Stirling, Loch Lomond and the beaches of the West coast. It’s also famous for offering alternative sporting activities like Go Ape (where you explore the forest canopy from zip wire) and zorbing. However, this past week in the Scottish Highlands was intended as a lazy family holiday for us where we spent time swimming and walking, but we did manage to fit in a visit to the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum in Glasgow; take in a late night ‘Bat tour’, where we learnt about the different species that inhabit the area, and went on a bush tucker walk.
The nature activities are a must and run by NixinNature, aka the wonderfully friendly Nic and Will.
There are many areas of Scotland to explore and I suppose as we know this area so well, we didn’t feel the need to rush around and fit it all in. Whether you are looking for extreme sports, a family holiday or a touch of peace and tranquillity, I’d definitely recommend The Trossachs. It’s one of those rare places that has something for everyone.
Thanks for reading about my trip. Have a great week, all.