STAY AND EXPLORE:
CENTRED STAYS ON THISTLES
To help you plan your holiday, here are suggestions for centred stays on Thistle Holiday Parks. . .
If you are coming for a winter break, many of these places are open in the winter, but check before you visit; the staff at your holiday park will have up-to-date information.
PERTHSHIRE AND ANGUS
Angus is fine farming country with beautiful sandy beaches, and the Angus Glens, with both low-level walks and treks over the mountains to Royal Deeside.
Dundee is the main town, the home of the RSS Discovery on which Scott sailed to the Antarctic, and the V & A Museum, popular with visitors and locals alike.
Perthshire is in the heart of Scotland, with the River Tay running through it to the North Sea at Dundee.
Angus - places to visit: Montrose Basin, a bird-spotter's heaven: Edzell Castle at Edzell; the V&A and Discovery Point in Dundee.
Perthshire - places to visit: Loch of the Lowes Bird Reserve; Blair Castle at Blair Atholl: Huntingtower Castle near Perth; Faskally Forest near Pitlochry
Parks to choose from in Angus and Perthshire:
Riverview at Monteith Nethercraig near Alyth Blairgowrie at Blairgowrie Tummel Valley near Pitlochry Blair Castle at Blair Atholl; Calvine at Pitlochry.
AYRSHIRE Known as the Land of Burns, Scotland's national poet. Long stretches of coastline on Scotland's west coast.
Ayrshire places to visit: Land of Burns' visitor centre; Burns' Cottage; the Maritime Museum in Irvine.
Parks to choose from: Bennane Shore, Girvan Crofthead , Ayr Sandylands, Saltcoats
Sundrum Castle, Ayr Turnberry Holiday Park, Turnberry Vewfield Manor Leisure Park, Kilwinning
DUMFRIES AND GALLOWAY: The South West. Mooorland and farmland and the Solway Firth with small vllages and lovely beaches.
And the Galloway Forest Park, a must-visit. place
Places to visit; the gardens at Glenwhan, Logan, Dunskey, Threave and Castle Kennedy; Glenluce Abbey. Whithorn, birthplace of Christianity in Scotland; Glenluce Abbey; Caerlaverock and Threave Castles
Parks to chooe from:
- Glenearly Caravan Park, Dalbeattie Coastal Kippford Holiday Park, south of Dumfries Loch Ken Holiday Park in the Galloway Forest Park
- Queensberry Bay Holiday Park, Annan Seaward Caravan Park, by Kirkcudbright Southerness Holiday Park, south of Dumfries Whitecairn Holiday Park, by Stranraer
EDINBURGH, EAST LOTHIAN AND BERWICKSHIRE: Scotland's capital and farming countryside
Edinburgh is a busy city but no need to take your car - you can hop on a train from Dunbar or North Berwick. East Lothian is said to be the sunniest place in Scotland and one of the best areas for growing wheat and barly.
Places to visit the Scottish Seabird Centre in North Berwick Tantallon Castle and Dirleton Castle Rosslyn Chapel; the National Museum of Flight; Glenkinchie Distillery
Parks to choose from:
Belhaven Bay Caravan Park, Dunbar Eyemouth Caravan Park, Eyemouth Mortonhall Caravan Park, Edinburgh Pease Bay Leisure Park near Dunbar,
Tantallon Caravan Park, North Berwick Thurston Manor Leisure Park near Dunbar Scoutscroft Carvan Park, near Eyemouth
THE NORTH EAST: Aberdeenshire and Moray are known for their castles and whisky distilleries, as well as Aberdeen Angus cattle and the rivers - the Dee, the Don, the Deveron and the Spey.
Places to visit: Dallas Dhu Distillery; the coastal villages of Portsoy, Cullen, Findochty; the coastal nature reserve at Forvie, north of Aberdeen.
Peterhead Prison, notorious in its day, but a fascinating place to visit. Castles at Huntly, Delgatie, Corgarff, Tolquhon, Distilleries : Glen Garioch, Glendronach, Glenglassaugh.
Parks to choose from: Silver Sands at Lossiemouth, Cullen Bay at Cullen, Huntly Castle at Huntly, Banff Links at Banff, Deeside on Royal Deeside. .
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