The Central Highlands Feature
- Places to Explore
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Top Reasons to Go to The Central Highlands
Exploring Loch Lomond: You can see the sparkling waters of Scotland's largest loch by car, by boat, or on foot. A popular option is the network of bicycle tracks that creep over Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park, offering every conceivable terrain.
Take in a castle or two: Choosing among some of Scotland's most splendid fortresses and mansions is a challenge. Among the highlights are Stirling Castle, with its palace built by James V, and Scone Palace, near Perth, a residence displaying grand aristocratic acquisitions.
Bag a Munro: The way to experience the Central Highlands is to head out on foot. The fit and well-kitted-out can "bag a Munro" (hills over 3,000 feet, named after the mountaineer that listed them). The woodland paths and gentle rambles of the Trossachs will stir even the sedentary.
Whisky, the water of life: The Scots love their whisky, and what better way to participate in Scottish life and culture than to learn about the land's finest? There are some exceptional distilleries in this region, from the Edradour Distillery to Glenturret, home of the Famous Grouse.
Jump on a bike: This region claims excellent biking trails, ranging from a gentle pedal through Stirling to a wind-in-your-face journey on the Lowland/Highland Trail. Whatever your preference, biking is a beautiful way to tour the countryside.
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