Central Scotland boasts a great mix of historical landmarks, stunning landscapes, and bustling villages and towns, creating an enchanting tapestry of villages, nature and activities.
Here are some compelling reasons to visit central Scotland any time of the year…
1. It’s beautiful all year round!
Beautiful lochs, rivers, central Scotland is home to iconic lochs like Loch Lomond and the Trossachs, offering opportunities for boating, hiking and enjoying the serene waterside settings.
Central Scotland is a treasure trove for families, offering a myriad of attractions and activities that cater to all ages and lots to explore. Enjoy amusement parks like Blair Drummond Safari Park and Auchingarrich Wildlife and Adventure Park, a family run wildlife centre in the heart of the Perthshire hills. Comrie Croft is a 230 acre estate where you can camp, bike, eat, walk, even get married if you like. It’s relaxed, friendly and there’s lots of nature for you to enjoy.
3. Dog-friendly travel
Scotland is generally considered a dog-friendly destination, and many areas in Scotland are very welcoming to dogs. There’s plenty of countryside parks, walking trails and pet friendly restaurants that will take care of you all. There’s also plenty of dog-friendly accommodation options.
4. Historical Site
Central Scotland boasts a tapestry of rich historical significance woven into its landscapes. From the iconic Stirling Castle, a pivotal site in Scotland’s history with its strategic location and ties to legendary figures like Robert the Bruce, to the captivating remains of the Roman Antonine Wall, this region echoes with stories of battles, royalty, and cultural evolution. The ancient town of Dunblane whispers tales of its cathedral, a venerable structure dating back to the 12th century.
Meanwhile, the Falkirk Wheel stands as a testament to modern engineering nestled amidst historical remnants, bridging the gap between past and present.
Located in Balquhidder, Rob Roy’s Grave was the final resting place of the legendary Scottish folk hero Rob Roy MacGregor draws visitors intrigued by his storied life and adventures. Aberfoyle is a charming village nestled in the Trossachs and was a key location during the Scottish Jacobite uprisings.
Duke’s Pass is a scenic route that winds through the Trossachs, and offers breathtaking views and historical significance, named after the Duke of Montrose, who was instrumental in transforming the region’s landscape. Bracklinn Falls located near Callander not only offer natural beauty but also historical significance as they were a favourite spot of Sir Walter Scott, the renowned Scottish author.
5. There’s amazing Whisky Trails
Embark on a whisky trail to visit distilleries, where you can taste and learn about the region’s renowned Scotch whisky. There are so many great distilleries to visit such as the Glenturret Distillery, Tullibardine Distillery, Stirling Distillery and the Dewars Distillery. We have a range of properties located nearby – click to our Cooper Cottages’ guide to find out more!
6. Cultural Festivals
Central Scotland hosts a variety of festivals and events through out the year. Its cultural calendar brims with diverse and spirited events that celebrate its rich heritage and artistic prowess.
Highland Games are a traditional Scottish gathering with Highland dancing, piping competitions, heavy athletic events, and more, typically taking place in Summer. Stirling and Killin both hold well-known Highland Games.
Stirling’s Hogmanay is a traditional New Year celebrations featuring live music, fireworks, and a lively atmosphere to welcome the new year. Perth Festival of the Arts: A multi-arts festival with music, theatre, dance, and visual arts events, held annually in May. Callander Jazz and Blues Festival is a busy weekend-long event showcasing jazz and blues performances across various venues in Callander, and is typically held in October.
7. Wildlife abound
Scotland is a paradise for wildlife enthusiasts, offering diverse ecosystems and an impressive array of wildlife. Majestic red deer roam the hillsides while golden eagles soar overhead, their keen eyes scanning the landscape. The elusive pine martens and red squirrels find refuge in ancient woodlands, adding a touch of enchantment to the forests. With a little patience and keen observation, Scotland reveals its rich tapestry of wildlife, inviting visitors into the heart of nature’s wonders.
8. Culinary Delights
Savor delicious Scottish cuisine, from haggis and smoked salmon to artisanal cheeses and locally sourced ingredients.
Local specialties such as haggis and Forfar Bridies highlight traditional recipes, showcasing the resourcefulness of using local ingredients. Angus beef, known for its quality, and a variety of berries are key elements in local dishes. Alongside these, artisanal cheeses and craft breweries contribute to a diverse culinary landscape, emphasizing both tradition and innovation while embracing the region’s natural offerings.
9. There’s loads of sporting options
Scotland’s landscapes and rich sporting heritage make it a playground for various athletic endeavours. Golf enthusiasts pilgrimage to legendary courses, while adrenaline-seekers conquer the challenging terrains through mountain biking in the Highlands or rock climbing in the Cairngorms. Watersport aficionados embrace the brisk waters with kayaking or paddle boarding adventures. Anglers find solace in the serene rivers and lochs, teeming with salmon and trout, offering rewarding fishing experiences.
10. AND last but not least – warm Scottish hospitality
Central Scotland is known for its warm and welcoming people, who are eager to share their culture and heritage with visitors! With its mix of history, natural beauty, cultural attractions, and outdoor adventures, Central Scotland offers something for everyone.