A holiday in Scotland can be anything you want it to be, such is the diversity of the eight great Parkdean Resorts holiday parks across the country. From Southerness Holiday Park just a few miles over the border to Grannie’s Heilan’ Hame Holiday Park right up in the wild, unspoilt north of the country, there’s quite literally a whole country to explore.
Scotland boasts some postcard-perfect scenery famous the world over. Whether it’s the stoic peaks of the Cairngorm National Park or the mysterious depths of Loch Ness, you won’t be short of landscape photography opportunities.
If this is your first visit to Scotland, taking a trip into the country’s culture-filled cities is an essential on any first-time break north of the border. Edinburgh’s charms will fill several days of sightseeing and Glasgow’s Georgian-era architecture and wealth of art galleries will leave you spellbound.
Excited to plan your getaway to this picturesque country? Read on to find out more.
Reasons to Visit Scotland
Some of Britain's most beautiful and unspoilt beaches
The rugged charm of the Cairngorms, the highlands and beyond
Haggis, neeps, tatties, shortbread and of course whisky!
Eight holiday parks provide the perfect accommodation
A whole nation's worth of family fun, from museums to safaris
The snow-capped heights of the Cairngorm National Park can be admired from just about any angle - whether you’ve climbed up to the top of Cairngorm Mountain yourself or hitched a ride on Scotland’s only funicular railway, the view from the top is simply stunning.
Scotland has its fair share of idyllic coastal views, too, with the craggy coastline near to Eyemouth Holiday Park a particular highlight, as well as the sunset views that can be enjoyed from Wemyss Bay Holiday Park on the west coast.
Scottish beaches are renowned for their cleanliness and high-quality sand, and perhaps the best example of a beach with a true escapist feel is dog-friendly Embo Beach between Loch Fleet and the Dornoch Firth - situated right next to Grannie’s Heilan’ Hame Holiday Park.
If you’re after a more lively beach resort, then Saltcoats Beach, near to Sandylands Holiday Park, is a very handy option - as well as the beach next to the pretty town of Ayr, just down the coast.
Striking out for a day exploring Scotland’s world-famous lochs is an incredible way to immerse yourself in nature. Whether it's riding a paddle steamer on the genteel waters of Loch Lomond, under an hour’s drive from Wemyss Bay Holiday Park, or scanning the waters of Loch Ness in the hopes of catching a glimpse of the elusive monster, there’s plenty to do on Scotland’s lochs.
In terms of urban attractions, historic Edinburgh Castle is well worth a visit, alongside the city’s renowned zoo - home to two giant pandas. To explore more of Scotland’s tremendous variety of attractions, click the link below.
History & Culture
Scotland has a proud history, which runs right from warring clans and William Wallace’s War of Independence through to the Jacobite uprising and beyond, and tapping into this rich vein of heritage can be the basis for some unforgettable days out.
Browsing the impeccably preserved suits of armour at the beautiful baroque Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum is an afternoon well spent, while a trip to Ardrossan Castle, near to Sandylands Holiday Park, is only for the brave, as the ghost of William Wallace himself is said to haunt the mysterious ruin!
Whether it’s a wee dram of whisky or a hearty plate of haggis, Scottish cuisine is well-known all across the world. Visiting a whisky distillery is a unique Highland experience, and they are scattered all over the region. Our pick for a great day out appreciating the finest in Caledonian tipple is the Edradour Distillery, just outside the pretty town of Pitlochry, which offers tours and tasting all year round.
In terms of food, Ayr’s Stage Door Cafe is well regarded in the area, while a destination for top seafood close to Nairn Lochloy Holiday Park is the Sun Dancer Bar and Restaurant, which combines sea views with the catch of the day for a delectable dining experience.
Not too far from Tummel Valley Holiday Park is the Highland Safari at Aberfeldy, where families can embark on a 4x4 tour of the local area’s natural delights, all while scanning the horizon for rare wildlife such as wildcats, ptarmigan and even an osprey or two if you’re lucky.
Of course, all of our holiday parks in Scotland are brimming with family fun possibilities, with stage shows and daily activities available for ages 0-15, as well as adventure playgrounds, swimming pools and much more.
Outdoors & Adventure
Scotland’s storied landscape is begging to be explored, and there are options aplenty when it comes to where to start. Whether it’s a hike in the Nevis Range or a walk amongst the pines of Galloway Forest Park, there’s more than enough to satisfy ramblers.
Britain’s only major ski areas at Glenshee, The Lecht and Cairngorm often have snowfall well into spring, so heading up for a day’s tuition in skiing or snowboarding can be much more convenient than you might think. Mountain bikers are also well catered for, with challenging routes present in just about every area of natural beauty in the country, such as the 20 miles of trails at Laggan Wolftrax, north west of Pitlochry.
Scotland’s events calendar is as varied as it is exciting - from the traditional Highland Games - where you can witness caber tossing, tug of war and many more quintessentially Scottish sports - to watching world-class comedians at the Edinburgh Fringe, you’re sure to find something that’ll make your trip to Scotland truly memorable.
A full rundown of Scotland’s premier events is available here, including the Edinburgh Tattoo and a range of St Andrew’s Day celebrations.
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