The West Highlands give easy access to the Little Isles, Inner Hebrides, and there is a dramatic contrast in landscape to that of Perthshire, Fife and Angus in the East. There is therefore a decision to be made with regard to holiday destination either for the dramatic landscape of the Western Highlands, which includes the Trossachs, Loch Lomond and Kintyre or Cowal Peninsulas, all with fabulous areas for walking and exploring. Alternatively the choice may be for the more gentle landscape of Perthshire and Fife, with superb beaches round St Andrew’s and along the Firth of Forth. Perthshire includes many of the historic palaces and castles and of course Scone Palace should not be missed due to its historic connections. The difficult choice of where to go will be yours but wherever you go you will be sure to have an outstanding and memorable holiday.
Both the Lowland, salty air of the old fishing villages of the East Neuk of Fife, and the wide-open spaces of the upper Angus Glens, are included in this area offering contrasts in plenty on both sides of the Highland line.
If any part of Scotland could claim to be where tourism began, then it is here that visitors crossed the Highland line more than two centuries ago in search of the picturesque - and found it in the Trossachs. The trip to the east bank of Loch Lomond, at lnversnaid, via the Trossachs is still a magnificent celebration of scenic Scotland - though, arguably, even better is to take to Loch Katrine on the SS Sir Walter Scott, which has sailed the loch for a century. Much of the area is now Scotland's first National Park and its gateway and orientation centre, Loch Lomond Shores, is at Balloch on the south end of Loch Lomond. Visit to discover the story of Scotland's largest inland body of water (by surface area). Walking, sailing, cruising, angling and lots more are popular ways of making the most of this loch straddling Highland and Lowland, and overlooked by the sentinel peak of Ben Lomond.
Travelling to Argyll gives the opportunity to enjoy some of Scotland’s most diverse scenery running up from the Clyde Coast into the Southern and Western Highlands. The sea-lochs of Loch Long and Loch Fyne run either side of the Cowal Peninsula and it is then just a short hop to the Kintyre Peninsula and on up the west coast to Oban, “The Gateway to the Isles”.