Located high up in Scotland, Aberfoyle is a small village with stunning scenery near Loch Lomond. Described as one of Europe’s most beautiful locations, Aberfoyle has plenty to offer for everyone, especially those that love the outdoors. There’s so much to see with the many different walking routes and there’s never a bad day for a nice drive through the Queen Elizabeth Visitor Park. Aberfoyle used to be the centre of iron ore production in medieval times and became famous for its slate quarries in the 19th century.
The Scottish Wool Centre isn’t just an amazing retail centre, with everything Scottish you could imagine along with hands on demonstrations of wool spinning, why not go to see the live sheep shows and the working sheep dogs in action while you’re there!? The centre holds many different rare breeds of sheep and a few miniature horses so there really is something for everyone to enjoy. Along with the birds of prey and fantail doves there’s even breeds of hens you can see as well as buy! The dog and duck show, ‘The Gathering’, is on three times a day with a shepherd on hand to tell you all about the history of Scottish sheep and the working dogs. After an exciting day watching all the action The Tea Room or the Beer Garden are both perfect ways to wind down and relax for the evening.
If you love to explore and find out the history of natural beauties such as the village of Aberfoyle, the Queen Elizabeth Forest Park is the perfect place to visit. The park has an exclusive wildlife hide that allows you to get up close and personal with all the animals. If you take the time to look closely and are quiet enough you’ll be sure to see red and roe deer and even golden eagles! There are so many different trails you can go down either on foot, bike and even horseback, all are ideal to reaching to live CCTV in the lodge that lets you watch the animals when you wouldn’t have been able to see them before. Going down the Three Lochs Forest Drive takes you to a new world where you can see birds of prey circling in the air. There’s nothing more magnificent than watching a beautiful animal in its own, untouched habitat.
Local legend says that in Forest Park fairies run wild and that the fairy queen’s underground palace can be found at Doon Hill! Enjoy climbing? Take a trek up ‘fairy mountain’, Beinn an T-Sidhein in the mystical Strathyre Forest to see if the legend really is true!
The West Highlands of Scotland boasts miles of stunning, unspoilt coastline, historic castles, wildlife, locks, mountains, glens and rivers. Popular tourist towns and places to visit include Killin, Falls of Dochart, Oban, Fort William, Stirling Castle and even Edinburgh, home of the world famous Tattoo, Royal Yacht Britannia and Edinburgh Zoo are not too far away.
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