Scotland also has beautiful coastlines as opposed to greenery and glens, one of my favourite beaches I have come across in my travels is Ganavan Sands which is a beach located a ten minute drive from Oban town. It has golden white sand and beautiful blue water, and if the perfect place to relax on a hot summers day. or if you are feeling energetic you could burn off some energy by following the tarmac path to Dunbeg. The beach itself is roughly a few hundred meters long, there are also beautiful houses which have a remarkable view from their door step but they do not disrupt the beauty of the area. across the sea are views of Mull and Lismore. There is also a small play park which is positioned near by the car park which makes this a perfect area for a family day out. It is possible to walk to the beautiful hidden gem from Oban by following a road which is roughly 2 miles long, if not there is a bus service which runs to and from the beach.
There are many other amazing beaches which even top Ganavan, I have not yet had the pleasure of visiting them yet. Some which I have looked into and are on my prerogative to visit: Tiree (isleoftiree) is renowned in Scotland for its stunning white beaches and choppy waters which are perfect for surfing. Also Achmelvich Bay which is located on the rural west coast offers a large expanse of white scads which is sheltered by granite outcrops.
I hope my blog has lead some inspiration into your life.We should not take for granted what is on offer in out beautiful country. This has just been a little insight into what Scotland has to offer both physically and mentally. it is easy to get lost in our busy modern day life but you must ensure you take a step back and breath. People nowadays are too sucked into modern society it takes over, by exploring the country you are provided with time with yourself also your loved ones and you will become more appreciative of the value of life.take time out to leave your computer screens and mobile phones out of site to refresh your mind. Visiting rural places is my method of relieving from everyday stresses, also the exercises is perfect for our overall well being.
For my second blog I am going to focus on an area which is located just outside of Oban called Angus’s Gardens. The grounds provide a feeling of tranquillity. There is a path which you can follow round in a circle from start to finish. Some areas are open and full of space, others are wooded and more enclosed. In the centre there is a small hill with a memorial bench and bell where you can take in the views and look over the pond. There is often a variety of wildlife such as ducks, geese and squirrels The scenery changes seasonally during fall we can see the leaves turn brown then gradually fall of the trees as winter approaches, it is common for the lake to completely freeze over at few points over this period of time.
Near by there is a lodge site where you can higher lodges for and stay and take your time to indulge in the surrounding countryside. this would be the perfect way to start 2017 especially after enduring a long and draining 2016, it is a good idea to start on a fresh page where you can clear your head and visualize joy for the upcoming year. From here you are provided with easy access to Oban where you can travel to spend the day and explore the historic town. With land marks such as Mccaig’s tower, where you can take in the views of the whole town and surrounding areas.
In my opinion the best way to explore the countryside is by foot, walking had become more of a trend in recent years as the massive health benefits have been emphasised such as strengthening your heart and lowering risk of diseases. Also walking helps you lose weight, tone up and in general boosts your overall health and well being. Local councils and businesses in Scotland have put in great efforts into the rejuvenation of the country side as well as creating new walking routs that are easy to follow. Such as the Perth and Kinross countryside trust and their partners who have established numerous walks for all abilities. Four walks that I think are rewarding in their own right, from an accessible trail in Faskally Wood to a more challenging walk around the Annat Loop. For me, these trails show off some of the best assortment of scenery in the region with a few unexpected surprises along the way.
You could also chose to take a different rout on your way to Oban and cut off to Fort William which is located at the base of Ben Nevis – which also offers some more extreme walking trails. The A82 from Glasgow to Fort William was recently voted Britain’s best road. shortly after leaving the city you reach balloch and onwards from there you are welcomed with the best Scotland has to offer. When driving this road you experience refreshing panoramic views of Loch Lomond and Glen Coe.
City life can be so frantic at times it is refreshing to take a step back and breath. People have different means by which they relax from the day to day stress of everyday life, some do so by exercising others enjoy socialising I personally find that leaving the city and experiencing what Scotland has to offer is the most refreshing way to clear your head and relax. It is easy to forget that right on our door step we can have the most beautiful views and calm retreats, which are perfect to free you mind when life’s pressures become slightly overwhelming. I find it refreshing to drive to beautiful locations where you can park up and discover the area by foot. The voyage among the scenery tends to take you on a voyage thought your own thoughts and feelings and allows you st establish a leave of self peace. I often find myself walking for miles to uncover what the landscape has to offer, it is important for me to stop and consume my surroundings this allows me to gain clarity in my mind whilst letting go of the stresses that are clouding thoughts.
The above photo was taken from Inveruglas viewpoint in Arrochar, Scotland. A timber structure has been built which gives beautiful views of Loch Lomand. On approach you are welcomed by the wooden structure which blends in with the surrounding scenery, there is a small tunnel which you are invited to walk through where at the other end you are welcomed with stunning views of Loch Lomand. You can take a walk up a set of stairs and take a seat to indulge in the views. This particular spot welcomes a calming atmosphere, you can feel any worries and stress gradually retrete. For me this creates clarity in my clouded mind. located behind the viewpoint is Loch Sloy hydo electic power station. despite it being such a significant structure the power station does not pollute the landscape , it merges in with the landscape as well as adding culture and history to the area. There is also a small quaint cafe at this spot (Cafelochan), which is perfect for consuming refreshments to complement your refreshed mind set. Also prior to a day out walking and indulging in the fresh air you appropriate a bite to eat and a nice hot drink.
I enjoy the experience of driving to the view point, is it ruffly a half hour drive form my home. I pass various other known spots on my way such as duck bay, the gateway to the loch and some niche roadside stops. On occasions I enjoy experiencing these ventures on my own, usually when there is a lot going on in my head and other times my friends will come for the trip and i can share my experience and method of escape with them.