Scotland – A land for all seasons

Discover the Cowal Peninsula with Little’s Leisure Tours

Last month I was looking forward to the traditional celebrations of Burn’s Night and when it came this year’s, dinner was a real treat with great food (especially the haggis), great company and great celebrations all round.

Now that February is here, already we can see a change in Scotland’s beautiful landscape and countryside. I’ve just returned to the office from a weekend on the Cowal Peninsula and although less than two hours from the centre of Glasgow you immediately become immersed in Highland landscape and the wonderful history of this great country. Today the most direct way to reach this area is by a 20 minute ferry journey across the Firth of Clyde, once one of the world’s most important stretches of deep water shipping passages in the world. Dunoon is home to the world famous Cowal Highland Games, which are held every year over three days at the end of August.

The area is a beautiful mix of deep sea lochs, mountains and remote glens. While all are now accessible from the comfort of your chauffeur driven car, there was a time when this area was only accessible by boat. Each town, village and hamlet had its own pier and Clyde steamers, would regularly bring thousands of Glasgow holidaymakers to the area for their holidays. As well as piers, each would have a hotel, inn, several grand country houses and occasionally the odd castle. The growth of international air travel and the rise of the package holiday saw the beginning of the end of mass holidays in this area, however the legacy left by this boom time is more than evident to today’s visitor who is prepared to explore the area.

Given that you are exploring inland coastal waters, you’ll always see fishing boats as well as lobster & crab creels guaranteeing an abundant supply of fresh seafood to make your mouth water. Remote hills are prefect breeding grounds for red deer so venison will always feature widely too.

The spring is a wonderful time of year in Scotland; the days lengthen, shoots and leaves begin to appear and the temperature rises – just a little. Nature has a spring in its step and we hope that one day soon, you or your clients will come to experience the very best of what Scotland has to offer.

To find out more about our leisure tours, contact our team 24/7 on + 44 (0) 141 883 2111 or tours@littles.co.uk

Blog by Kenneth Good, Operations Director & Touring Expert