Southern Highlands

Dramatic mountains, stunning coastlines and historic sites down the ages, there’s so much to see and do whilst staying at one of our caravan parks or holiday parks in the Southern Highlands. Here’s our guide to the Top Ten Things To Do whilst on one of our caravan holidays in the Southern Highlands.

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1. Climb a Munro

The Munros are the mountains in Scotland over 3000 feet high. Many of the nearly 300 peaks are in remote locations and should only be tackled by experienced hill-walkers. However Schiehallion is of Scotland’s best known hills and one of the easiest Munros to climb on a fine summer’s day. The mystical mountain (translated as the Fairy Hill of the Caledonians) overlooks Loch Rannoch, from where its famous conical appearance is apparent.

2. Go inside the sea-cave that inspired famous artists

Fingal’s Cave is a most fascinating place. This unique sea-cave, formed from giant basalt columns, is situated on the tiny island of Staffa off the Isle of Mull. It is here where the motion of the waves crashing into the cave inspired Mendelssohn’s Hebrides Overture, that Sir Walter Scott visited and wrote that it was one of the most extraordinary places he had ever seen. The vast size of the cave and the rock formation has led to many compare it to a natural cathedral, and its acoustic qualities only add to this comparison.

3. Cycle through the Trossachs

The 60-mile Lowland Highland Trail runs through some of the most beautiful scenery in Scotland. Stretching from close to Loch Lomond to the shores of Loch Tay, the route crosses the Highland Boundary Fault offering a great variety of landscapes. It uses forest tracks, traffic-free trails and minor roads and is regarded as one of the highlights of the National Cycle Network.

4. Sail ‘Doon The Watter’

For generations of Scots sailing ‘doon the watter’ was a tradition. In the days before affordable travel generations of Glasgow families would escape from city life by sailing down the Clyde to the genteel seaside towns on the river’s banks onboard one of dozens of paddle steamers. You may be lucky enough to enjoy a trip on the Waverley, the last sea-going paddle steamer in the world. If not, there are still ample opportunities to take to the waters, crossing perhaps to the Isle of Bute, Dunoon, or Tighnabruaich.

5. Learn about the history of Scotland

Within a few miles of Stirling you can learn a great deal about the history of a nation. Stirling lies at the crossroads of Scotland between east and west and Lowland and Highland. Its position has made it one of the most important places in Scottish history. Rising high on a rocky crag above the town, the mighty castle dominates the landscape and held sway over Scottish history for centuries it was once a favoured residence of Scottish kings and queens. In 1297 William ‘Braveheart’ Wallace defeated the English at Stirling Bridge – a 220ft monument to him stands nearby. The English were also defeated at the momentous Battle of Bannockburn just outside Stirling in 1314. One of the most important historic sites in Scotland, here King Robert the Bruce routed the forces of King Edward II to win freedom for the Scots from English domination.

6. Take a boat ride on a mechanical marvel

The Falkirk Wheel is a magnificent, mechanical marvel which has been constructed to 21st century, state-of-the-art engineering standards. Opened in 2002, it is already being recognised as an iconic landmark worthy of Scotland’s traditional engineering expertise. It is the world’s only rotating boatlift, which is used to connect the Forth & Clyde and Union canals, probably the largest piece of functional sculpture you will ever see. Boat trips are available, taking in an ascent and descent through the wheel.

7. Join in the cultural celebrations at a Highland gathering

Taking place around Scotland during the summer months, Highland games provide a unique combination of culture, sport and social entertainment. Highland games attract competitors from around the world, as well as locals taking part in everything from traditional heavy athletics events like tug-o-war and caber tossing to Highland dance competitions, piping, and field and track events. From May to September a full programme of Highland games takes place in small towns and villages across the country as well as those within the grounds of famed castles, so there are plenty to choose from.

8. Feel the spiritual atmosphere of a sacred island

The very small island of Iona just off the Isle of Mull, is home to one of Scotland’s most historic and sacred sites. For many centuries, Iona has been an island of special significance for all Christians. Iona Abbey was founded by St Columba in the 6th century when he arrived here from Ireland to spread the gospel in Scotland and the north of England. The abbey graveyard contains the bones of many early Scottish kings, as well as kings from Ireland, Norway and France. As a celebrated focus for pilgrimage, Iona retains its spiritual atmosphere and remains an enduring symbol of worship.

9. Have a round at the home of golf

St Andrews is the spiritual home of golf and over the years the famed Old Course has played host to the world’s best players at many different championships. It is easier to obtain a tee time on the Old Course than many might think, as long as you have a suitable handicap. The town boasts more than ten courses, to suit all abilities, with other internationally renowned golfing destinations like Gleneagles and Carnoustie within easy reach.

10. See where many of the kings of Scotland were crowned

Scone Palace is one of the most historic sites in Scotland, and the crowning palace of 42 Scottish kings. It was the original home of Scotland’s Stone of Destiny. The Stone was returned to Scotland in 1996 after many centuries in Westminster Abbey, and can now be seen in Edinburgh Castle. Today the palace is a popular visitor attraction thanks to its magnificent contents and priceless collections as well as the gardens and wooded grounds.

If this inspires you, why not browse our selection of holiday parks and caravan parks in the Southern Highlands, and see what catches your eye?

Holiday Parks in Southern Highlands

Seton Sands Holiday Village

Glorious unspoilt beaches, picturesque rolling countryside and a host of fun activities await you at Seton Sands. Superbly located just 30 minutes’...

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£234 - £1187 per week

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Tay Valley Country Club

Nestling in the heart of Highland Perthshire, overlooking the magnificent Aberfeldy Hills, these luxurious cottages sit amid 35 acres of picturesque countryside...

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£429 - £1105 per week

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Argyll Lodges

Located on the shores of Loch Long and surrounded by magnificent mountain scenery in Argyll Forest Park, these contemporary architect designed cabins...

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£308 - £2250 per week

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Loch Awe Holiday Park

Situated just 14 miles from Oban, Loch Awe Holiday Park is ideally located for exploring the many delights this picturesque area has...

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£234 - £1049 per week

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West Loch Park

Beautiful views combined with a warm welcome makes West Loch Park an excellent holiday destination, just two miles from the village of...

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£229 - £905 per week

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Loch Lomond Holiday Park

Within this beautifully landscaped and tranquil park, there is an excellent range of award winning accommodation.Set on the banks of Loch Lomond...

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£259 - £899 per week

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Tummel Valley

In a truly idyllic setting, surrounded by breathtaking scenery on the banks of the River Tummel, this park is an eternal favourite...

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£259 - £1368 per week

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Lochearnhead Loch Side

This is ’Rob Roy country’, dominated by the impressive peaks of Ben Vorlich and Stuc a Chroin. An ideal centre for touring,...

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£169 - £865 per week

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Killin Highland Lodges

Enjoying a beautiful woodland setting close to Loch Tay just outside Killin and boasting lovely views around Ben Lawers, these well maintained...

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£199 - £799 per week

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Hunters Quay

Hunters Quay is part of our Go Active+ Breaks Collection. Just 2 miles north of Dunoon, easily reached by road or ferry,...

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£234 - £2355 per week

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Thurston Manor

Enviably situated in the heart of the picturesque East Lothian countryside, in the grounds of a former Scottish country estate Thurston Manor...

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£285 - £1099 per week

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River Edge Lodges

River Edge offers you all the benefits of a family owned and run park combined with a wonderful setting beside tranquil River...

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£319 - £715 per week

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Lagnakeil Highland Lodges

Set in the peace and quiet of Lerags Glen and nestling in seven acres of scenic wooded hillside overlooking Loch Feochan, offering...

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£335 - £775 per week

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Lochgoilhead Lodges

Lochgoilhead Lodges is part of our Go Active Breaks Collection, set in the heart of the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park...

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£292 - £2950 per week

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Castlewood Lodges

Castlewood Lodges is part of our Evermore Lodge Holidays Collection, set against the dramatic backdrop of lush wooded valleys and majestic mountains...

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£535 - £1215 per week

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Beech Hedge

Surrounded by picturesque countryside in the heart of rural Perthshire, just 10 miles from the fair city of Perth, this beautifully located...

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£219 - £879 per week

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Belhaven Bay

Nestling in a sheltered location in the John Muir Country Park on the beautiful East Lothian coastline, this peaceful park sits between...

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£229 - £699 per week

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Strathyre Forest

Located among the scenic lochs and mountains of the Trossachs, this beautiful setting is overlooked by the majestic Ben Ledi, which provides...

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£350 - £1859 per week

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Blairgowrie Holiday Park

Set in beautiful landscaped grounds amidst rolling hills, wooded glens and tranquil lochs, this peaceful family run park, is just a short...

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£225 - £1050 per week

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Nethercraig Holiday Park

Surrounded by the magnificent scenery of the Angus Hills and traditional Scottish heather clad moorland, this David Bellamy Gold award winning park...

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£249 - £859 per week

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Glen Dochart

Surrounded by the majestic hills and lovely glens of the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park, this family park offers a superb...

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£185 - £635 per week

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Loch Shuna

Set in an idyllic sheltered position in the centre of the Island of Buidhe. Surrounded by spectacular scenery, clear waters and unspoilt...

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£389 - £899 per week

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Balgair Castle Holiday Park

Nestling between the Campsie and Fintry Hills, Balgair Castle Holiday Park unites a peaceful, rural setting with superb family facilities close to...

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£225 - £630 per week

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Appin Holiday Homes

This is a superb location surrounded by mountains and overlooking Loch Creran – situated between Oban (15 miles) and Fort William on...

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£239 - £615 per week

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Forest Hills Lochside Resort

Nestled in the scenic foothills of the Trossachs, and overlooking the tranquil shores of Loch Ard, Forest Hills Lochside Resort is beautifully...

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£507 - £1270 per week

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The Woods

Commanding panoramic views of the Ochil Hills, these stunning woodland lodges take full advantage of their unique location in the glorious Stirling...

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£269 - £645 per week

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Riverside Log Cabins

Nestling on the bank of the River Earn, amidst a cocktail of dramatic mountains, serene lochs and meandering rivers. These peaceful log...

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£295 - £769 per week

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Dollar Riverside Lodges

Nestled on the banks of a mountain stream amidst the idyllic scenery of the ‘gateway to the Highlands’, this small cluster of...

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£236 - £1754 per week

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