The Cairngorms is Britain’s largest National Park containing its highest mountain range and its biggest native forests, as well as spectacularly clean rivers, lochs, moorland and farmland. It truly is a stronghold for Britain’s wildlife. The park is great for hillwalking, climbing and cycling, as well as winter sports including skiing. It is also surrounded by historic castles, towns, whisky and Highland estates.
Loch Lomond and The Trossachs has 22 large lochs, 21 munro’s and about 50 rivers and streams. You are always guaranteed a breathtaking view across water. Other advantages of the park are its dramatic mountain landscapes and excellent boat trips. Similar to the Cairngorms National Park it is also great for hillwalking and climbing. The park is less than an hour away from Glasgow.
Scotland is also proud to have four Royal Botanic Gardens. The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, Benmore Botanic Gardens, Logan Botanic Gardens and Dawyck Botanic Gardens.
Logan Botanic Gardens in Dumfries and Galloway is Scotland’s most exotic garden, it also hosts a wide range of events for people seeking a high quality visitor experience. It is the only garden in Scotland to hold both acclaimed 5 stars along with a gold award from the Green Business Tourism Award. Logan also reached the finals in the Dumfries and Galloway Life Awards 2015- ‘Tourism Champion’ category.
One of the world’s finest arboreta is Dawyck Botanic Gardens in Peebles. Seasonal displays of abundant exotic and native plants provide breathtaking back drop of colour through the year. There is also an award winning visitors centre.
In a magnificent mountainside setting on the Cowal Peninsula in Argyll lies Benmore, an enchanting garden steeped in history and surrounded by dramatic scenery.
The Royal Botanic Garden in Edinburgh is world renowned for its horticultural excellence, it captures the imagination of everyone who visits. The garden is just 1 mile from Edinburgh’s city centre and has over 70 acres of beautifully landscaped grounds. It provides a truly magical haven.