Take a wintry tour through the Scottish countryside starting at Trossachs National Park. There, find Scottish folk hero Rob Roy’s haunts near the medieval village of Balquhidder. Look for signs to his grave site behind the town's church, then follow Creag an Tuirc, the grassy forest trek leading to Inverlochlarig, the tiny farm where Roy spent the last years of his life. As you traipse along the glen, you'll pass stunning vantage points of the Trossach's 720 square miles of craggy hills, lochs, and waterfalls. Warm up at the tucked-away Kings House Hotel, a family-run Tudor pub with tartan carpets and a blazing fire. Spend the afternoon on a Highland safari (tours leave at 1:30 p.m. daily; $58 per person) where for two and a half hours, you'll ride an SUV through Central Scotland's mountains, stopping at a hut, or "bothy," to refuel with a dram of whiskey or coffee. Keep your eyes peeled for sightings of red deer and Scottish birds of prey. Have a sundowner and some hand-harvested wild oysters from the west coast at Mains of Taymouth Courtyard.
5. Oddball Day
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