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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. Read More...

Here’s our guide to the Top Ten Things To Do whilst on one of our caravan holidays in the Southern Highlands.

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?

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    Blairgowrie, Perthshire, Perthshire & Kinross-shire, Perthshire & Southern Highlands, Scotland

    Embrace the unexpected as town meets country on this family owned five star holiday park, located at the gateway to Braemar just off the Royal Deeside tourist trail.

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    Rosneath, Gare Loch, Dumbartonshire, Perthshire & Southern Highlands, Scotland

    Rosneath Castle Park is a quiet and peaceful retreat with a beautiful lochside setting near Helensburgh in Argyll on Scotland’s West Coast. Offering some of the most spectacular...

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    Kincaple, St Andrews, Perthshire & Kinross-shire, Perthshire & Southern Highlands, Scotland

    St Andrews Forest Lodges is part of our exclusive Evermore Lodge Holidays Collection, and delivers an excellent level of accommodation in a wonderful woodland countryside location, with...

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    Dunira, Nr Loch Earn, Crieff, Perthshire & Kinross-shire, Perthshire & Southern Highlands, Scotland

    Nestling on the bank of the River Earn, amidst a cocktail of dramatic mountains, serene lochs and meandering rivers. These peaceful log cabins offer an idyllic retreat in rural...

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    Balmaha, Loch Lomond, Stirlingshire, Perthshire & Southern Highlands, Scotland

    Situated on the banks of Loch Lomond Balmaha Lodges is the perfect location to explore everything the Southern Highlands of Scotland has to offer.

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    Kinlochard, Stirling, Stirlingshire, Perthshire & Southern Highlands, Scotland

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

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    Alyth, Perthshire, Perthshire & Kinross-shire, Perthshire & Southern Highlands, Scotland

    Set amidst the Angus Glens and the traditional Scottish heather clad moorlands, this tranquil David Bellamy Gold award winning park has its own 20 acres of private woodland walks and...

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    Callander, Stirlingshire, Perthshire & Kinross-shire, Perthshire & Southern Highlands, Scotland

    Located among the scenic lochs and mountains of the Trossachs, this beautiful setting is overlooked by the majestic Ben Ledi, which provides a stunning backdrop to the cabins which are...

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    Lochearnhead, Perthshire, Perthshire & Kinross-shire, Perthshire & Southern Highlands, Scotland

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

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    Killin, Perthshire, Perthshire & Kinross-shire, Perthshire & Southern Highlands, Scotland

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

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    Cargill, Perthshire, Perthshire & Kinross-shire, Perthshire & Southern Highlands, Scotland

    Surrounded by picturesque countryside in the heart of rural Perthshire, just 10 miles from the fair city of Perth, this beautifully located park sits near the rivers Tay and Isla and...

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    Pitlochry, Perthshire, Perthshire & Kinross-shire, Perthshire & Southern Highlands, Scotland

    Get away from it all in this incredible forest hideaway. Come for a holiday at Tummel Valley Holiday Park and you’ll find a peaceful location beside the River Tummel within a...

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    Fowlis, Liff, Dundee, Angus, Perthshire & Southern Highlands, Scotland

    Landal Piperdam is part of our Go Active Breaks Collection. Boasting a magnificent setting surrounded by over 500 acres of idyllic Angus countryside, Landal Piperdam combines superb...

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    Bridge of Earn, Perth, Perthshire & Kinross-shire, Perthshire & Southern Highlands, Scotland

    River Edge offers you all the benefits of a family owned and run park combined with a wonderful setting beside tranquil River Earn. Take advantage of the rural location, whilst only...

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    Arrochar, Argyll and Bute, Dumbartonshire, Perthshire & Southern Highlands, Scotland

    Located on the shores of Loch Long and surrounded by magnificent mountain scenery in Argyll Forest Park, these contemporary architect designed lodges are ideally situated to explore the...

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    Alva, Nr Stirling, Clackmannan-shire, Perthshire & Southern Highlands, Scotland

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

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    Hunters Quay, Argyll, Argyllshire & Islands, Perthshire & Southern Highlands, Scotland

    Hunters Quay is part of our Go Active+ Breaks Collection, boasting spectacular panoramic views and a magnificent all-weather leisure complex tucked away in the charming yet wild Argyll...

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    Bridge of Awe, Taynuilt, Argyll, Argyllshire & Islands, Perthshire & Southern Highlands, Scotland

    Loch Awe Holiday Park is part of our exclusive Bouja Luxury Breaks Collection, situated just a short drive from Oban ideally located for exploring the many delights this picturesque area...

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    Lochgoilhead, on the Drimsynie Estate, Argyll, Argyllshire & Islands, Perthshire & Southern Highlands, Scotland

    Lochgoilhead Lodges is part of our Go Active Breaks Collection, nestled within the heart of Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park, within the impressive Drimsynie Estate Leisure...

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    Tarbert, Argyll, Argyllshire & Islands, Perthshire & Southern Highlands, Scotland

    Beautiful views combined with a warm welcome makes West Loch Park an excellent holiday destination, just two miles from the village of Tarbert-Loch Fyne. Each lodge is comfortable,...

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    Craobh Haven, Argyll , Argyllshire & Islands, Perthshire & Southern Highlands, Scotland

    Set in an idyllic sheltered position in the centre of the Island of Buidhe and surrounded by spectacular scenery, clear waters and unspoilt islands, Loch Shuna is a paradise for lovers...

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    Inveruglas, Argyll, Argyllshire & Islands, Perthshire & Southern Highlands, Scotland

    Loch Lomond Holiday Park is part of our Wanderwood Lodge Holidays Collection. Set on the banks of Loch Lomond this impressively located park has been recently re-landscaped to a first...

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    Nr Kirriemuir, Angus, Perthshire & Southern Highlands, Scotland

    Glen Clova Lodges is part of our Autograph Lodge Holidays Collection, the ultimate Highland hideaway surrounded by the idyllic tranquillity of the majestic Angus Glens. Set in the...

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