Now that we’ve had a few days of glorious sunshine, it’s time for picnics and scenic drives! Here are some route suggestions so you can make the most of the next sunny day!
Queen Elizabeth Forest Park – Three Lochs Forest Drive
If you travel through the Trossachs, you’ll find countless picnic spots. Stretching almost eight miles, the route is one-way, and takes you past three enchanting lochs – Lochan Reòidhte, Loch Drunkie and Loch Achray.
It is so easy to reach this route as the entrance to the Three Lochs Forest Drive is accessible from the A821, just north of Aberfoyle and the route is open from Easter to October. This area is filled with short trails if you fancy a walk and has several car parks and picnic areas to enjoy.
There are many nearby attractions which kids will love including the Lodge Forest Visitor Centre in Aberfoyle and Loch Katrine.
Borders Historic Route – Bowhill House & Estate
This National Tourist Route stretches 95 miles from Carlisle in England to the Scottish capital. Along the way there are some charming Scottish Borders towns (many of which are former royal burghs) as well as intriguing castles, grand stately homes, and of course, the beautiful scenic countryside.
At Selkirk, take a slight detour west for a picnic break at Bowhill House & Estate, the majestic country home of the Duke and Duchess of Buccleuch. In the surrounding woodlands, there are some lovely walks which are perfect for working up an appetite before lunch. If you take the Loch’s walk, you will find a bench overlooking the historic house which makes a perfect picnic spot before continuing to stroll through the woodlands. This place is child-friendly too; they can enjoy an adventure playground and even a soft play area for when the weather isn’t at its best!
We hope we get more sunny spells and no April showers so we can enjoy these scenic drives, peaceful walks and pack a delicious picnic to tuck into.