With any holiday in Scotland, the weather can play an important part and you may just have to accept the fact that, if you are looking for a beach based holiday with wall-to-wall sunshine, then Scotland may not be an ideal destination.
That said, Scotland does have a good deal more to offer than you may imagine and while not all of it is connected to water here are some places that are:
• Loch Ness – just about everyone will have heard about the Loch Ness monster and whether you believe it exists or not this is still an amazing location to visit. The loch itself is around 20 miles long and descends to the murky depths of 700 feet at its deepest. It forms part of the Caledonian canal which runs from Inverness to Fort William and is a must if you appreciate breath-taking scenery and the atmospheric and impressive Urquhart castle;
• over on the west coast, if you head west out of Glasgow your tour must take in a boat trip on the world famous Loch Lomond;
• a little further west and you begin to come across some magnificent sea lochs. Towns such as Arrochar at the top of Loch Long and Inveraray on Loch Fyne offer picturesque locations where you can take a break and sample some of the superb sea food and local smoked venison:
• if you head south west from Glasgow, there are some magnificent beaches where the sea, being heated by the effects of the gulf stream; is not as cold as you may imagine. The west coast in general benefits from this current of warm water and you’ll find some spectacular gardens and even some palm trees in some of the more sheltered areas;
• being well prepared for your trip to Scotland may mean checking your touring caravan insurance to make sure that you are covered if you take a ferry to some of the islands;
• in some areas you may find that midges are a problem. These small biting insects can be extremely irritating to say the least and put a damper on your holiday, so be prepared and take some repellent along and some anti-bite cream just in case and don’t forget your umbrella!