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Staycations and Hidden Gems Along Scotland's Coastline

“gin or whisky and local treats such as clootie dumpling”

Staying at home might be the only option this year anyway with Covid-19 as many countries will probably keep their borders closed and perhaps only allow regional travel for a few months yet.

A staycation could well save you money, give you pleasure exploring places you had overlooked and be a green option by saving air and road miles.

Around the UK and especially in Scotland there are so many magical places to explore from hidden coves to majestic mountains, remote islands to magical beaches. We have national parks, historic monuments, interesting museums and amazing art galleries all around the country.

From city scape to rural escapes there is something for everyone.

When you explore a new place you find different wildlife, traditions and food. How about a local cheese, meat such as venison, botanical gin or peaty whisky as well as local treats such as clootie dumpling or shortbread. We often rush to book holidays abroad and never find the time to explore our own country. Well there is no excuse this year!

In Oban you will be spoilt for choice from the towering Ben Cruachan, a Munro that starts from almost sea level and gives views down Loch Etive to the Falls of Lora and the Isles beyond.

At the Falls of Lora you can join a local kayak guide to experience the only tidal waterfall in Europe or further round the coast in Oban join a RIB trip to experience the exhilaration of the extreme whirlpool of the Corryvreckan.

For a gentle option you can walk to the Tea Shop on the Isle of Kerrera or take a short hike up Ben Lora. If you fancy a dip one of the best spots for a wild swim is the gentle sloping beach at Tralee (my favourite) or you can paddle at Little Ganavan.

For more extreme sports you can take a day trip up to Fort William for mountain biking routes or spend a few days on the Isle of Tiree for some surfing or kite surfing.

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