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.