After looking forward to our imminent break to Forest Holidays for many weeks, we were rather keen to make the most of the day on Friday and set off in the early hours up to The Trossachs of Scotland.
After four hours, three loo breaks stops, a loaf of brioche and and several rounds of ‘are we there yet?’ we arrived far too early at Strathyre, where we were staying for the weekend.
Having located our base for the subsequent days, we took the opportunity to explore the area by car.
Strathyre itself is very small indeed with just a village shop as far as we could see, though Trip Advisor tells me that there are a couple of restaurants and around five different accommodation options.
We carried on our little road trip and stumbled quite accidentally upon Loch Lubhair. With a small car park this doesn’t appear to be a spot that attracts hoards of visitors, though I suspect there are several small car parks dotted around the loch. The views from here are wonderful and the spot we found was perfect for skimming stones across the water. I have to say that as much as I enjoyed it here, the dog was the member of the family who enjoyed this place the most. She loves water and she loves trying to catch stones. Loch Lubhair turned out to be Border Collie heaven for Betsy.
We walked a little way around the loch, happening upon a small tent along the way. In Scotland it is perfectly legal to partake in a spot of wild camping, whereas in England it’s a rather grey area when it comes to the matter of where you can pitch your tent. There are still some guidelines though, even in Scotland, and they’re well worth checking out if you fancy that sort of wild night out.
Loch Lubhair would be a lovely place for a summertime picnic, or a great place to visit if you’re interested in local flora and fauna – there are many species here and they do look so lovely at this time of year.
Cross the stream, throw down a blanket and while away an hour or two in a quiet and tranquil place. You’ll be glad you did.