Rosy Times in Sun-Kissed Scotland

Rosneath Caravan Park in Scotland
Rosneath Caravan Park

Scanning the sun-kissed horizon across Scotland’s “Mediterranean” has to be one of the best moments of a quiet Sunday morning.

Cup of tea in one hand and an excellent comfy spot on the balcony of a perfectly positioned static caravan and life is just grand.

Just an hour’s drive from Glasgow and you are transported from city life into the beauty of Argyll and Bute and the scenery is simply stunning.

Rosneath Caravan Park is perched on the western shore of the Gare Loch and is rated five stars by the Scottish Tourist Board and it’s easy to see why.

Carefully looked after and in tip top condition, the 55-acre park is a mix of owners and hirers and has been thoughtfully set out to ensure everyone gets a fabulous view of the beautiful scenery.

Six of the caravans are pet friendly which is ideal as cats are as welcome as dogs and husband Kenny and teens, Ruaridh (17) and Flossie (14) were delighted that our Tuxedo feline Socks could join in the fun.

The view at Rosneath Caravan Park
The beautiful view at Rosneath Caravan Park

Our home for the weekend was an eight berth caravan perched at the top of the park allowing for perfect views and in easy reach of the reception, shop and Castle Isle Bar and Restaurant.

Fully equipped and ready to go meant only light packing needed and the caravan was spotlessly clean.

With a designated parking space by the caravan, it means a guaranteed smooth stay and the inside has all the mod cons needed for cooking and living.

The bedrooms are small, but perfectly designed, with two catering for twin beds, one double and inflatable mattresses which can be used in the large lounge area.

Linen is provided and towels and hairdryers can be hired and with minimalistic furniture, everything is designed to ensure a peaceful stay. One of the caravans is equipped for people with reduced mobility too.

There’s a large fully equipped play area at the bottom of the park and for the more adventurous, a sailing school catering for beginners and experts, with boats, kayaks and paddle boards.

Blair Drummond Safari Park in Scotland
Giraffe at Blair Drummond Safari Park

It’s the perfect place to explore the west coast of Scotland, with Loch Lomond and Helensburgh just a stone’s throw away and Glasgow and Edinburgh in easy reach.

From 1941 to 1945, Rosneath was an important naval base and home to a castle which was destroyed and rebuilt several times and is where the caravan park is today.

One perfect place to visit is Hill House, a Helensburgh mansion restored by Scottish architect Charles Rennie Mackintosh. The iconic building is a joy to see and has some fine designs and beautifully kept gardens to wander around with views of the Firth of Clyde.

Families can head a little further into the central belt for fun and a great day out can be had at Blair Drummond Safari Park near Stirling.

Opened in 1970, it’s home to 350 animals who have the freedom of the 120-acre estate. There’s a lovely, relaxed feel to the park and the excitement ramps up as you enjoy the drive through safari and see everything from monkeys to tigers up close.

A full day out is needed to wander around the park and discover dinosaurs, meet meerkats, watch sea lions in action and take a peek at lemur land.

Lions at Blair Drummond Safari Park in Scotland
Lions at Blair Drummond Safari Park

There’s a wee fun fair too and plenty of food outlets to keep you going as you explore and new train track is under construction to allow easy access around the park.

With plenty of keeper talks and demonstrations of birds of prey in action, it’s a fabulous place to enjoy, before you return to revel more in Rosneath’s beauty!

Fact Box:

Rebecca stayed at Rosneath Castle Park, where a 3-night weekend break in a Loch View 3-bedroom caravan which sleeps up to 8 people, starts from £300 arriving on the 26th July. The park also boasts a range of other caravan styles with their own different touches and facilities. Dogs stay for free.

All water sports activities cost £20, with the option to hire a wetsuit and wetsuit shoes for £5 each.

Blair Drummond Safari Park is a great day out. On Saturdays and Sundays throughout July until 11th August 2024 the park will stay open until 7pm giving you even more time to enjoy the lighter, longer evenings. There are even special reduced price tickets for those arriving from 4pm at £14.50 (normal price £22) for adult tickets, £12.50 for concessions (£18) and £10 for children (£15.50).

Author Bio:

Rebecca Hay is an experienced travel writer and member of The British Guild of Travel Writers. Follow her adventures with her family on Twitter and Instagram @emojiadventurer and on Facebook via EmojiAdventurers2.

Photographs courtesy of Rosneath Caravan Park and Blair Drummond Safari Park

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