Central Scotland describes the swath of country south of the Highlands extending to just north of the large conurbations of Edinburgh and Glasgow. Stretching from coast to coast this region has a contrasting countryside and coast line that attracts visitors from all over Britain and overseas every year, which come to see Hebridean islands, national parks, great forests, magnificent lochs and historic towns and cities.
To the west are Argyll, the Isles, Loch Lomond and the Trossachs. The northern parts of this region very much have Highland characteristics, with sweeping mountains and green uplands. As you travel southwards you meet the lush and picturesque lowlands of beautiful lochs and forests. The Hebridean islands and west coast have a unique atmosphere of unspoilt glens and bays, pretty white washed houses and is renowned as the cradle of early Gaelic culture.
Moving east through rolling hills and farmland sits the historic city of Stirling and of course Stirling Castle; it was here that William Wallace and Robert the Bruce won independence for Scotland. Still further east Perthshire has some of the most accessible and majestic scenery anywhere in Scotland. Here you will find forests, mountains, rivers and rich farmland; a fusion of highland and lowland Scotland together. For those looking for outdoor activities and adventure, Perthshire is the perfect destination.
On the east coast north of the Firth of Tay the county of Angus has unspoilt highland glens and rugged coastlines with miles of sandy beaches, great for hill walking and coastal walks. Down the coast is the Kingdom of Fife, ancestral home of Scottish monarchs, with a landscape of gentle hills, rocky bays and sandy beaches. And for those that enjoy a round or two this whole stretch of coastline, north and south of the Firth of Tay, is littered with superb golf courses such as Carnoustie and St. Andrews.
As you travel through Argyll, highland Scotland merges with the Scottish lowlands. Surrounded by the sweeping mountains this is an ideal base.
Stirling is at the centre of the nation’s national heritage, and it was here that William Wallace and Robert the Bruce won independence for Scotland.
The ancient land of Angus comprises unspoilt highland glens, stunning rugged coastline and has a rich historical and cultural past.
Fife was home to Scotland’s capital for six centuries, the evidence of which can still be found in its many castles, cathedrals and places of historic interest.
Climb aboard at Fort William Town Pier and enjoy the splendour and wildlife of Loch Linnhe and the views of Ben Nevis. Tel: 01397 700714
Regarded as the world’s greatest railway journey by Wanderlust Magazine the service runs all week through the peak seasons. Tel: 0845 1284681
Historical and natural history display on Glen/Ben Nevis. Mountain safety information, live weather reports and a great range of outdoor supplies. Tel: 01397 705922
A selection of one day tours of the Highlands and Islands of Scotland. Tours can be arranged to suit your requirements. Tel: 01397 704901
Visitor centre with exhibitions on the local area, its people and wildlife. Find out all about Glencoe’s remarkable history. Four star visitor attraction. Tel: 0844 4932222
Fun, adventure for all ages and groups. Activities include whitewater rafting, canyoning, paintballing, mountain biking, climbing and abseiling. Tel: 01855 821593
One of the Highlands most popular attractions! Show indoors, rain or shine! Tons of water explodes into the air – live on stage dancing with music! Tel: 01540 673752
An exhilarating trip in Britain’s only mountain gondola which travels up to 650m on Aonach Mor, beside Ben Nevis.
The People’s Palace was opened in 1898 in then one of Glasgow’s most overcrowded parts of the city.
Now bookable online
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