Friday, 1 March 2013

Wildlife Watch Land Rover Safari Vouchers with Lochearnhead Cottages

Mallard chicks feed at Briar Cottages

To celebrate Year Of Natural Scotland 2013, we are offering our guests vouchers for Wildlife Watching and for a Land Rover Dawn Safari experiences with local experts when you book a weeks holiday in April or May.

You may have read about Year of Natural Scotland in the press. It is a Scottish Government initiative being led by Event Scotland and Visit Scotland and supported by: key tourism related organisations; Scottish Natural Heritage , Historic Scotland, Creative Scotland, Scotland’s National Parks ( Cairngorms National Park and Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park), National Trust for Scotland , Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh , Scottish Environment Link, Forestry Commission Scotland, Scotland Food and Drink , Marine Scotland, Wild Scotland , Scottish Enterprise and Highlands and Islands Enterprise

Little Briar Cottage facing south over Loch Earn

With a 7 night holiday in Little Briar Cottage Lochearnhead, you will be given a voucher for two adults to visit animal hides in The Trossachs. You can choose to look for pine martens, badgers, red squirrels, and otters. The experience starts at The Strathyre Outdoor Centre off the A84. This is also know as part of  "The Rob Roy Way" and is on Scotland’s first national trail sponsored by GORE-TEX. Owner Anthony Phillips will welcome you to the centre and answer your queries before taking you to hide outs and viewing stations at the best time of day. See for more information on Natural Trossachs eco-tourism business
Briar Steading lounge views 

7 nights in May at our luxury cottage Briar Steading comes with a Land Rover Dawn Safari experience for two, with Hidden Glen Safaris. Local guide Alan Sneddon will pick guests up from the cottage before driving off road through Balquhidder Glen, with binoculars at the ready, to spy on birds and animals in the naturally stunning terrain that was the final stomping grounds and resting place of Rob Roy MacGregor (

 In addition to the wildlife experiences you will likely spot birds and animals when walking cycling and even sitting in the cottages and gardens.  We have nightly visits from deer, plus mallards, oyster catchers and Canadian geese on the lawn in the loch garden. In different seasons you will see a variety of creatures, butterflies, herons, swallows, bats martins, bumble bees, mallard ducklings, owls, cuckoo’s, red kites, sea eagles, golden eagles, otters and more.

In addition to wildlife and nature there are some magnificent walks,  cycle paths, Munro's lochs and forests to explore in the area. Trout fishing season starts on 15th March so guests can also fish from the loch garden  or use the slipway, jetty, moorings and summer house.  Request use of our hot tub  and visit inside our B listed thatched cottage to see the original cruck framed Scots Pine ceiling, where centuries of MacGregors and  McLaren were tenant crofters of the Earls of Breadalbane. Visit to find out more about Briar Cottages luxury and pet friendly holidays for 2-4 or telephone Kim: 01567 830 443.

Wildlife professionals and amateurs will love the surroundings.  Photographers should always have their cameras on hand here. Whether you are happy to be amongst nature when relaxing on holiday or taking part in a choice of outdoor activities, there is something for everyone here at Briar Cottages in The Loch Lomond and The Trossacshs National Park.

Contact: Kim Proven, Briar Cottages, Lochearnhead, Tel: 01567 830 443,

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