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.

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Destinations in Central Scotland

Argyll, Bute and Isles

As you travel through Argyll, highland Scotland merges with the Scottish lowlands. Surrounded by the sweeping mountains this is an ideal base.

Dundee & Angus

The ancient land of Angus comprises unspoilt highland glens, stunning rugged coastline and has a rich historical and cultural past.

Kingdom of Fife

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.

Loch Lomond and the Trossachs

Loch Lomond is the single biggest expanse of inland water in the British Isles.

Perthshire & Stirling

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.