A winter trip to Scotland

At the beginning of this year me and my group of friends made our annual adventure to one of forest holidays sites. After going to Strathyre near Loch Lomond last year we decided on another venture to Scotland. This time to the newer site about 45 minute down the road at Ardgartan Argyll. Both sites are easily accessible as you’d expect and are situated to make the most of incredible scenery but be within a few minutes’ drive from shops or pubs. As Ardgartan Argyll was the most recent I shall focus on this site.

As i said this is a newer site, situated right on the edge of Loch Long boasting impressive views over the loch, of the woods and mountains which fill the horizon. The featured Photo of this post was actually taken by myself from the hot tub of our 6 person cabin on the first night of our stay. The cabins themselves are single story of varying sizes. Our particular cabin featured a large double bedroom with en-suit and shower, as well as two spacious twin rooms. Opposite the twin rooms is a second large bath room with shower and bath. The modern lounge area has a wall of windows overlooking the loch and deck which also spread through to the kitchen. The first thing you face as you enter the cabin is a large corner sofa facing a flat screen TV mounted on the wall, which can be used to order take aways, contact reception or of course watch your favourite films or TV programmes.

Over a dividing Island is a very well equipped kitchen and dining area  plenty big enough to prepare a feast after a day exploring the surroundings. Finally to the back of the cabin is a deck area with hard standing BBQ and table and chairs. Most importantly especially for myself there is a well maintained and ready to use hot tub, suitable for which ever size cabin you happen to be inhabiting for the weekend.2016-01-16 10.28.45

Surrounding the site there are a number of footpaths ranging from gentle little wanders around the Loch to adventurous climbs up the mountainous landscape. Wehad a wander around about a quarter of the loch which took about two hours and about half of the yellow route due to weather conditions. It is literally a 30 second walk in any direction to be engulfed in nature. Occasionally stumbling along ruins of old boat houses and what can only assume were once cottages or barns.2016-01-16 12.27.37

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If you don’t mind a bit of a challenge then i would highly recommend venturing up one of the hills or mountain the views really are something to behold especially if you enjoy being out in the fresh air and don’t mind being exposed to the weather.

2016-01-17 12.09.39Overall weather it be a winter getaway to put your feet up and unwind, a business trip to be alone with your work or a family holiday to get closer to the outdoors. I would highly recommend a visit to one of forest holidays site. The staff are all happy to help with anything you may need. If you do your research and book in advance its also not half as expensive as you may think.

Credit Issy Goode 

Have you been here  as well? or any recommendations? i’d love to hear your opinion.





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