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VisitScotland take us on an epic journey across Scotland with their new UNESCO trail
Here at Love Loch Lomond, we’re passionate about anything that centres around wellness, responsible tourism and sustainability in the Trossachs and beyond. That’s why we’ve teamed up with VisitScotland to show their new UNESCO Trail.
Whether you want to take a break from your busy daily life or want to learn more about Scotland’s history, the digital trail offers something for everyone. The trail includes six World Heritage Sites, three Creative Cities, two Biosphere Reserves, and two Global Geoparks. Here are just a few of the ways you can explore Scotland with the UNESCO Trail, whether you’re starting in Loch Lomond or passing through.
Go on a culture hunt
You can start with a bit of a city escape in Glasgow– the city of music. There are over a hundred music events every week, so it’s safe to say that music is what brings this city to life. Regularly chosen as one of the friendliest cities, you can discover the city’s buskers and even make some new friends. Music is an essential part of Glasgow, but it’s not the only thing this vibrant city has to offer. There are plenty of outdoor places to go on a brisk walk with a warm cup of coffee – such as Kelvingrove Park, the Botanic Gardens and Glasgow Green. The city is very walkable, so you don’t even have to use any transport – you get your steps in plus help the environment.
By visiting the Heart of Neolithic Orkney, a group of Neolithic monuments found on the Mainland of the Orkney Islands, you can almost travel back in time. Let your imagination run wild and picture what people thousands of years ago would’ve experienced. It’s a remarkable example of architecture that marks a significant period in human history when the first large ceremonial monuments were built. These monuments managed to survive thousands of years later, proving that sustainability is not a new concept. We should all strive to be more environmentally conscious and use materials that last.
Become at one with nature
A huge part of wellness is being mindful, and what is the best way to achieve this state of mind? Reconnect with nature. When you visit the Galloway and Southern Ayrshire Biosphere, you can’t help but wonder – am I in paradise? The biosphere will allow you to explore rivers flowing out of the Galloway Hills and through the Galloway Forest Park. Robert Burns, the infamous Scottish poet, was born in this region, and these exact landscapes may have been his inspiration. The spot is praised for its dark skies, so you may even see a shooting star at night.
To find out more about the UNESCO Trail and what it means for Scotland, head over to the VisitScotland site.