A Short Break in Scotland - Page 4
If your short break in Scotland's more action oriented, then Aviemore has to be on your list, nestling as it does on the edge of the Cairngorms. Aviemore is the epicentre of the Scottish Winter Sports movement with skiing, boarding, climbing and walking all within easy reach from there, though it can't be stressed enough that you have to be properly prepared and advised before setting out into the hills, especially in winter.
Skiing can be undertaken elsewhere too at Glenshee and the Lecht, both closer to Aberdeen, or indeed at a number of dry ski slopes in places as diverse as Edinburgh and Alford.
Other action sports are well catered for too, with the many great Mountain Bike routes springing up across the country - the 7 Stanes in Dumfries and Galloway, Pitfichie in Aberdeenshire, many routes across the Cairngorms and so on. Aberdeen's Royal Deeside and also Perthshire are well served by outdoor pursuits centres offering everything from shooting and fishing to quad bikes, white water rafting and hot air balloons.
If it's hillwalking you're after then you're spoiled for choice when deciding where to base your short break in Scotland. There are the Cairngorms, there's the West Coast, the western Isles, the Galloway Hills, the Cheviots in the borders amongst others. Each offers its own brand of hillwalking ranging from the rugged in the Cairngorms, to the spectacular in the Islands and the Trossachs, to more gentle walking in the Galloway hills, the borders and the Campsies.
Many people's idea of a short break anywhere, let alone a short break in Scotland, has to include golf. Luckily, Scotland is the home of golf and there are many fine courses for you to enjoy. The name Gleneagles is one that's synonymous with the best in golf, as is St. Andrews Old Course and Country Club. However, should your they fall outside your remit then fear not, for the sport is hugely popular the country over.
If you prefer an engine to be involved in your pastime, then you still won't miss out. Touring is a popular activity and Scotland boasts some of the best, most enjoyable and uncluttered roads in Britain, taking you through breath-takingly spectacular scenery.
A popular route for a road-based short break in Scotland is to make your way up the West Coast past Glasgow and Loch Lomond towards Fort William, then to make your way over to Inverness before heading south through Moray, Aberdeenshire, Deeside and Perthshire. The range of scenery is tremendous and you get a real feeling for the breadth of what Scotland has on offer.
If you want to relax and get away from it all on your short break in Scotland, then there are innumerable little hideaways and havens tucked away throughout the land. The West Coast and the Western Isles are very popular destinations for this. You're in for a treat with spectacular scenery, a gentle pace of life and charming, gentle people.
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