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9 reasons to picnic in Scotland this summer

Why to picnic in Scotland Let’s admit it- who doesn’t like picnics?! There are very few of life’s pleasures that are as simple yet enjoyable as dining in the sun. What’s there not to love about sitting out in the countryside, revelling in some great company, munching on delicious food and listening to birds cheerfully chirping? If you combine all this with some physical activity – be it a brisk walk or pedalling – you can create a fun and healthy day out that doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg. Need some more convincing? We give you 9 reasons to picnic in Scotland this summer. #1 A prescription for better wellbeing…

Loch an Rusgaidh, Trossachs, ScotlandPhoto by john mcsporran via Flickr | Creative Commons

Sunlight is a known natural mood booster, and as little as 10 minutes of being (safely) exposed to the sun is enough to elevate your mood (that’s all it takes for your brain to release endorphins that produce feelings of euphoria and happiness). It will also help your body to produce vitamin D (aka the sunshine vitamin) which is vital for your health. Even brief exposure to sunlight will do the trick, while some physical activity will leave you feeling relaxed and cheered up. #2 It won’t break your bank…

Forest gifts      Elderflower and Lavender Cordial Photo by Inga Vitola via Flickr | Creative Commons

Dining out can often be an expensive experience, but the beauty of picnicking is that you can go as mad with the food and prep (or not!) as you wish. There are loads of simple, cheap ways to throw a picnic. Or if you want to ramp up the glamour in your picnic we’ve got some fabulous ideas on how to make it extra special for very little money. #3 They’re fun. And can be romantic…

Hot Air Balloon at Sunset Photo by B4bees via Flickr | Creative Commons

A simple picnic can be as much fun as an elaborate one. The sound of sizzling burgers on a grill… the sensation of a cool lemonade in your hand… kids kicking a ball around… picnics make a great day out. Or why not decide to hijack your partner and go on a road trip or add a little picnic flare to your next outdoor cinema date? Or even better – kick it up a notch with a picnic in the sky on a hot air balloon ride and wow your loved one with breathtaking views of the city below! #4 You set the rules…

PicnicPhoto by AMY LISCOMB via Flickr | Creative Commons

Be as creative as you like. Pick a theme for your picnic, e.g. safari, and turn your ordinary day out into a wild adventure. Don your hats, grab a map, bring binoculars and go wildlife spotting into a ‘jungle’! If your party is by the water, have a pirate theme and go wildlife spotting or digging up buried treasures on and around the beach, or consider chartering a yacht or a boat and get your crew excited with a nautical theme picnic at the sea. #5 Unbeatable views. No question there…

Scotland 2013 - 226Photo by Daniel Stockman via Flickr | Creative Commons

Wherever you choose to spread out your blanket in Scotland – be it by the beach, high up in the hills, watching a game of golf or horse racing action, in a city park or a quiet corner in the grounds of a castle – the one thing that’s sure is that it will be in great surroundings – think lush, soft and springy, sun-warmed grass and a beautiful view. #6 Helping you reconnect with nature…

Picnic basket Photo by Greg Hirson via Flickr | Creative Commons

Leave the comforts of modern world behind and take time to experience the wonders of the natural world we are part of. Camping and glamping are a great way to do just that! You can work up an appetite before your picnic by going on a walk or a hike, exploring Scotland’s woods and forest, trying a new watersport, catching your own fish or even foraging for some wild food. #7 Better entertainment options… Eden festival by day A picnic is about bonding, relaxation and some fun, and no picnic outing would be complete without a great form of entertainment. Enjoy laughing and playing games or exploring your surroundings, soak up the fabulous atmosphere of an outdoor music festival, or enjoy an afternoon full of toe-tapping music at a traditional Highland games. #8 Dress-down comfort…

The Earth Delights to Feel Your Bare FeetPhoto by Chiot’s Run via Flickr | Creative Commons Grey Seal with pup      Harris Tweed

That’s part of the beauty of a picnic – there’s no dress code! Heading out to the country fields or the edge of the woods? Keep your outfit simple, outdoorsy and fuss-free. Near a beach? Dress in something that can handle a little splashing around in the surf. For a more stylish expedition, consider an outfit that features some Harris Tweed – after all, the designs of this traditional Hebridean cloth is inspired by the landscape that surrounds them! And you can even take your shoes off, if you feel like it – you are at a picnic after all. Try that at a restaurant! #9 Because why not? After a long winter hibernating, why not venture out and breathe in some fresh air? Even if the temperature slightly drops, it’s the good company that makes a day. So round up your mates and start planning your perfect get-together in the great outdoors. TODAY is a good day for picnic, isn’t it? Find out more about idyllic spots in Scotland to picnic, what to pack into your hamper and more on our Picnic in Scotland page, and when you’ve found your perfect spot – share your picnic adventure with us using #picnic in #Scotland via @visitscotland. How to throw a picnic in Scotland - Tips

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