Archive for April, 2012

Visit Loch Ness/Cottages and Castles picnic kit giveaway

Monday, April 30th, 2012

With the winter chill now gone and spring officially sprung, here at Visit Loch Ness we’re packing away our scarves and gloves and turning our thoughts to lazy walks in the sunshine, picnics and getting out onto the beautiful Loch for a spot of sailing, canoeing and fishing – not to mention our fantastic festival extravaganza Rock Ness! To celebrate, we’ve partnered with Scottish self-catering accommodation specialists Cottages and Castles to offer you the chance to win a designer tartan picnic kit – with a lovely Caledonian twist that Nessie herself would be proud of!

The luxury kit, designed by Scotland Shop is worth over £70 and features a beautiful traditional blue tartan picnic rug from Pride of Scotland, and a gorgeous oversized wool tote bag in blue and red Morgan Modern tartan – perfect for carrying around your picnic goodies in style.

To be in with a chance of winning, all you need to do is sign up for the Visit Loch Ness newsletter, which you can do by adding your name in the Newsletter box on the left-hand side of the page.

You can find out more about self-catering accommodation in the Highlands and Loch Ness at the Cottages and Castles site, and don’t forget to check out the rest of Visit Loch Ness to find out about the great range of summer activities and attractions going on at the Loch this year.

Terms & Conditions

The free prize draw winner will be chosen by random on the last day of May and the lucky winner will be notified by email shortly after that.  Oversees winner will be charged postage, free delivery for UK winner.

Luxury Beach Kit free prize draw

Scotland’s Greatest Camp Sites

Wednesday, April 25th, 2012

When planning a camping holiday, it’s best to think of what you really want to get out of your time away. Do you want a lot of activities for yourself and your family or just want to take a break with friends; perhaps you want a serene holiday with a partner, whatever the reason for the trip, Scotland has it all. From breath-taking coastlines to rolling hillsides and amazing scenery Scotland has been a holiday destination for a long time. There are a wide range of experiences to choose from, from glamping (glamorous camping) to a real outdoorsman involvement.

For every camper’s needs here is a list of the best and brightest camping locations in this historic country.

Marthrown of Mabie in Dumfies is the perfect location for those travelling light. Reconstructed roundhouses that date back to the Iron Age house up to 16 guests and the central fire keeps you all toasty.

For more luxury, head for The Lazy Duck in Nethybridge. With an onsite sauna, swinging hammocks and a location next to the biggest natural park in the country, a couple could really find their feet here.

For a family camping experience why not go for Strathfillan Wigwams in Auchtertyre. Their welcoming wooden wigwams are great for a family time in the wilderness and house up to 6.

If you’re still stuck for ideas or none of these meet your camping needs, why not try researching camping and caravan sites from Pitch Up.

Camping is fun

Days Out from Loch Ness

Thursday, April 5th, 2012

Day out ideas for visitors to Loch Ness

We, at Visit Loch Ness, have responded to our visitor's frequent requests for things to do and car touring routes from Loch Ness to surrounding parts of the Highlands by creating a website section containing a whole bunch of ideas for Days Out

We are expanding our list of ideas regularly and the featured days out include car tours, castles, distilleries, gardens plus dedicated pages for exploring the Caledonian Canal, The Great Glen Way and our newly created South Loch Ness Trail.

Having embarked on this, we realise just how central Loch Ness is for touring and how many things there are to do for holidaymakers staying here. We  will be adding more car tours, long and short, over the coming days so do check out frequently our Days Out section for new ideas.

If anyone out there has a great idea for a day out that we haven't covered, we would love to hear from you.   For any of your ideas that we publish, you might even find a special thank you through your door from us!!

Visit the ruins of Urquhart Castle and exhibition a great family day out