It’s impossible to ever get weary of the Lomond and Trossachs National Park; whichever way you look you’ll find spectacular views, dramatic hills and tranquil lochs. Historic towns such as Callander and Stirling have their own quirky characters waiting to be discovered, too. Situated on the grassy banks of the River Forth, shaded by towering oak trees is Cobleland, a secluded campsite that's wonderfully positioned by the Loch Ard Forest, home to over 21 miles of picturesque trails – ideal for hikers and bikers.
At first glance there seems nothing particularly remarkable about Cobleland. But once you've pitched up, absorbed the peaceful ambiance and taken a stroll around one of the sites two wildlife walks (keep eyes peeled for Scottish wildcats, pine marten and the endangered red squirrel), you appreciate that preserving the natural landscape is something of a labour of love for ‘Camping in the Forest’, who run the site. Cobleland’s 126 pitches are clearly marked out, and facilities (flushing toilets, showers and washbasins) come spotlessly clean, and are never overcrowded, even when things get busy during the peak of summer.
Only 20 minutes down the road is Stirling, a wonderfully preserved town with a treasure trove of historic buildings and cobbled streets. Stirling (which was granted city status in 2002) has seen much of Scotland’s worst warfare, and positioned atop a mighty wooded crag is its formidable castle, offering tales of sieges, intrigue, dastardly murders, and breathtaking views across Bannockburn, scene of Robert the Bruce's triumph over the English. The castle makes for a fascinating day out, but make sure you spend time discovering the picturesque Old Town too.
If you're seeking the peace and quite of a Scottish forest, broken only by outings to local pubs, early morning birdsong and boat trips round the spectacular scenery of Loch Lomond, you won’t be disappointed by this back-to-basics find.
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