Many first time visitors to Scotland are taken aback by the sheer beauty of the landscape that meets their eyes and it is love affair that never ends as they return time after time to visit some of the most stunning locations you can find.
A great way to see the outdoor attractions that Scotland has to offer is to stay in a holiday park and enjoy the freedom to explore the area at your leisure.
There is so much more to Loch Ness than just the search for the legendary Nessie, the deep sea monster that is supposed to inhabit the mystical waters of the loch. Loch Ness is just over 20 miles southwest of Inverness and nestles in the stunningly beautiful Scottish Highlands area. The loch is the second largest in Scotland after Loch Lomond and it offers some great walks and excellent viewing areas over the vast expanse of water, which is a very pleasurable experience even if you never catch a glimpse of the mythical sea monster that makes the area so famous.
If you fancy a challenging hike and unrivalled views then the highest mountain the British Isles, Ben Nevis, should be on your list of places to visit in Scotland. As you would expect, Ben Nevis dominates the vista and is a stunning sight to behold, offering walkers and climbers of differing ability the opportunity to explore the area at differing levels. Many people use the pony path from Glen Nevis which climbs to a height of 2,300ft and serious rock climbers will be challenged by the varying degrees of difficulties the mountain has to offer.
If you have a head for heights then a visit to Corrieshalloch Gorge will offer you some hugely rewarding views. The gorge was actually formed at the end of the last ice age and is 60m deep, all of which can be seen to best effect from the viewing bridge that you find after a 300m walk up from the parking area. Owned by the National Trust of Scotland, the Corrieshalloch Gorge offers a fascinating glimpse into how the landscape of the country used to look.
The Great Glen
As you would expect from a natural attraction that is called The Great Glen, it is a description given to an area that bisects the Scottish Highlands and the Grampian Mountains. There are numerous ways to explore this area of outstanding natural beauty and you can take a long-distance route that has been specifically laid out for walkers and cyclists, called the Great Glen Way. The whole area covers somewhere in the region of 100km in total and many people return every year to discover new areas or take some of their favourite tracks that they have enjoyed in the past.
Scotland has so much to offer in terms of outdoor attractions, and a great way to get up close and personal with nature would be to stay in a holiday park where you can take in the amazing landscape of the region and explore all that Scotland has to offer.
Steve Gott is a retired librarian who loves to travel every chance he gets. He also enjoys sharing his experiences on various blog sites.