Last month we decided to pack up on a Friday to embark on a weekend away with the motorhome and the family. We had a wonderful few days away and thought we would share where we went. You really don’t have to travel far in order to have a lovely holiday and make unforgettable memories. We attempt to pack as lightly as possible, it means we spend less time unpacking and more time enjoying ourselves. So after a quick stop at the shop we headed off from Perthshire up towards Aberdeen.
Stop 1 – Brechin Castle Centre is an absolutely missed place on the local map. Here there is something for everyone to enjoy any time of the year. There’s a lovely café and shop which has lots of local products and lovely homemade items. You can enjoy a cake and coffee in the café before heading outside. There’s a lovely garden centre where you can pick up any gardening needs. Outside there’s an extensive playpark for the children and a beautiful fairy trail set through the grounds. This is the best fairy trail we have done with the kids and there’s a lot of effort gone into this. You get a book and a guide to find your way round and the kids even got a wee biscuit and a juice after it was completed. A great day out for the whole family.
Stop 2 – St Cyrus by Aberdeen this is truly a beach not to be missed. We caught this on a beautiful autumn morning with the glistening water and the endless sand. There’s a short walk from the parking point at the visitors centre to the beach over a long bridge. Then down onto the sand dunes. We spent the whole morning building dams for the water to run through, jumping over the waves coming in, drawing pictures in the sand and generally walking and talking. It was a breath of fresh air literally and very few people in sight, a few horses talking a dip in the water and the people we did meet were very friendly.
Stop 3 – Storybook glen neither of us had been here since we were children and it really was a nostalgic trip down memory lane as much of it has not changed a bit. Enjoy a good old fashioned park here with lots to keep little ones entertained. Sadly the indoor play area was closed however if your lucky enough to visit when its open it’s a great place to burn off energy. There is a small café open for light bites to eat but we did take our own picnic which can be eaten at any of the many benches located around the glen.
Stop 4 – Balmoral castle is somewhere none of us had been so we decided to head there to take a look. We managed to find a lovely flat carpark just down the road which welcomes motorhomes just follow the signs to the right side as the cars are recommended at the opposite side of the road. There’s plenty of places to walk here and for kids to have a go on their bikes. It was a beautiful Autumn day and the leaves were falling off the trees with the vivid colours and the noise underfoot it made for a lovely walk. The Castle itself welcomes visitors and you can choose to go on a guided tour or just go on your own. We decided to just go on our own, there’s a coffee pod set up outside the shop selling delicious hot chocolate to warm you up and a shop full of mementos to take home with you. The Castle itself is lovely and the grounds are as you would expect well maintained. There’s a good walk right round the castle and then down to the river and back onto the main driveway.
Stop 5 – Glenshee Ski Centre we decided to stop here and support a local company on the way back home. We had been hopeful a ski lift would be running to the top but it sadly wasn’t on that day. There plenty of hill walking available and lots of wildlife to spot here. You can stop in and get a nice lunch and the facilities are all kept immaculate.
Stop 6 – Blairgowrie our local town, although we pass them most weeks, they are such a focal point for the area I can’t go on without mentioning the beech hedges. They really are beautiful and quite remarkable in their size and how they dominate the skyline at the side of the road. There is a large layby that you can pull into to get out and really appreciate the enormity of them.
We may not have travelled far in our 3 days away however we certainly filled our days and evenings playing games in the motorhome. We collected shells on the beach and pebbles to make a picture when we came home. The cost of going away in a motorhome can completely vary depending on what you decide to do. We thought we would share an example of how we choose to spend our weekends. If buying a motorhome is something you are considering please ask us for more information. It’s a decision we believe you wouldn’t regret.
In Scotland we are lucky to have such an abundance of outdoor pursuits on our door step, set amongst some of the most beautiful landscape and all within easy driving reach when combined with a motorhome you can enjoy a holiday while experience some adrenaline based activities.