Top 5 local suggestions from Balgonar holiday cottage owners:
1: Loch Leven, nr Kinross
Take a walk or a cycle around Loch Leven and have lunch at Loch Leven's Larder. This is a family-run farm with a restaurant, deli selling local produce and an extensive shop selling designer homeware, some clothes and so much more. In the summer they have a garden with a play area for children with ice creams on sale from a dedicated booth. The Loch Leven Heritage Trail is a total of 13 miles but you don’t have to go the whole way round! It is level and barrier free so a great place for all the family. If this trip has not filled your day go around the loch to Vane Farm, the RSBP nature reserve. Here you can enjoy some beautiful views as you walk among the wildlife.
2: Visit the Kelpies and the Falkirk wheel.
The Kelpies are iconic 30-metre-high horse-head sculptures, standing next to a new extension to the Forth and Clyde Canal in the Helix park. Constructed of 300 tonnes of structural steel they are monumental tributes to the horse power heritage that was vital to the early industries of central Scotland. Helix is an exciting new parkland providing activities such as cycling, walking, watersports and much more. It is just a 4 minute drive from here to the Falkirk wheel - a real feat of engineering, the boat lift connects the Forth and Union with the Clyde canal. Replacing a series of old locks, it is the world's only rotating boat lift. Why not take an hour-long round boat trip on the canals which involves an ascent and descent through the wheel.
3: Take a drive along the East Coast of Fife, taking in the small fishing villages along the way - maybe enjoy some of the best fish and chips in the country at Anstruthers. Finish up at the historic university city of St Andrews, with its famous links golf course and pretty streets to explore.
4: If golf is on your holiday agenda, if you want a fun round on a local course (just turn up and pay) the course at Muchart is highly recommended and of course you have the Saline course right on your doorstep. For the real pro players Glenagles is just 20 minutes away. (you need to book ahead to play there)
5: If you like walking just cross the road outside the cottage and head up the track which is nearly a mile long. Even from there you will enjoy some of the best views in Central Scotland. If you want to make it truly memorable at the top of the track head up across the fields on your right and the higher you climb the more you will see!! Please shut all gates and keep dogs on leads in the fields. Avoid fields with cows and calves running with the bull.
Anstruther, near St Andrews,
Newport on Tay
Crail, near St Andrews