The Great Outdoors

If lockdown has taught us one thing, it’s how lucky we are to live in such a beautiful country with wide open spaces to explore. The Great Scottish Outdoors can offer a diverse range of activities to enjoy this summer from wild swimming to bagging a Munro to relaxing on the beach.

Our locations are perfectly situated to get out and explore Dumfries & Galloway, Fife, Perthshire, Angus and Inverness-shire.

 

 

Relax by the Beach

With some of the most beautiful beaches in the UK, you are spoilt for choice in Scotland. All of our locations are within a short drive to a beach where you can spend your days relaxing in the Scottish Sunshine! Take your bucket, spade and blanket with you for a day exploring…

 

Whilst you are staying with us in Fife at Balmeadowside or Vicarsford, why not incorporate a couple of beach visits or explore the Fife Coastal Path? Some of our favourite beaches are Tentsmuir Beach where you can start your day with breakfast from Salt and PineKingsbarns where you can pick up a late lunch from The Cheesy Toast Shack (we’d recommend a glass of their homemade lemonade!), or East Sands in St Andrews which is a short stride away from the award winning ice cream shop Jannettas Gelateria with over 100 flavours…have you noticed a food theme here?!

There are many beaches within 30 minutes of Conifers however a favourite of ours is Monreith Beach where you can swim in the summer, fish throughout the year, explore the rock pools and investigate the caves.

 

 

Get on Your Bike

From purpose built mountain bike trails to natural forest trails, Scotland is a popular destination for mountain bikers of all levels and with country locations throughout Scotland, our properties are never far from an adventure…

 

A firm favourite with mountain bikers across Scotland, Kirroughtree 7 Stanes is a short drive from Conifer Lodges. If you are new to mountain biking why not try out the skills area before moving on to the trails.

Perthshire is also a great area for getting out on your bike and with Kinnoull Hill and Glenshee close to Rossie Ochil Estate and Drumfork Estate, you’re sure to find a trail that will suit your skill level.

 

 

Take a Dip in the Wild!

Wild swimming has been linked to lower stress levels and enhanced happiness so why not take a dip in the wild this summer!

 

If you are staying with us at Kiltarlity Lodges, we would highly recommend the drive to Plodda Falls. Plodda Falls is the country’s second-highest waterfall which cascades down a rocky canyon and into a deep plunge pool where you can take a dip.

Many of you will have corresponded with Athene, who is an avid wild swimmer, and has personally taken a dip at Drumfork Estate (photographic evidence below). Although a little more chilly when Athene took the plunge, she loved the surroundings and tranquility of wild swimming at Drumfork. Athene would like to note that if you are going wild swimming you should always do this in a pair for safety.

 

 

Bag a Munro

Munro bagging has become increasingly popular since lockdowns have eased, and we can see why…large open spaces, fresh Scottish air and stunning views (weather permitting…this is Scotland after all!)

 

Here are a few Munro’s you may wish to explore while you are staying with us. These Munro’s are manageable to complete in a day but shouldn’t be attempted without proper equipment.

 

 

We’d love to see you enjoying the Scottish outdoors this summer while you are staying with us so remember to tag us in your photos!

 

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