An Autumnal Lochside Drive with Emma

In these strange times we are living in and with tighter restrictions in place once again, I am continuing to spend most of my time at home. I’m also working from home and even though shielding is paused, I’m still not comfortable going out to many places. With that being said, it can feel good to just get outside and enjoy a change of scene.

It had been a few weeks since my last outing and a few months since our drive to Carron Valley Reservoir. So when we woke up and saw that it was a beautiful crisp day, we decided to take full advantage and head out for a drive in our Ford Tourneo Connect.

It was an ideal way to spend our Friday afternoon because it allowed us to get away for a few hours while not putting myself at risk of mingling with crowds.

I’ve been enjoying visits to Callander since I was a little girl especially as it’s so close to where I live. A firm favourite of ours no matter the time of year. It looks beautiful during every season and with it now being October it seemed like the perfect time for our seasonal visit to Callander and take in the beauty of autumn as it turns the landscape hues of golden brown, red and orange.

The transformation always seems so magical and reminds us why the Scottish countryside is one of our favourite places to visit. And the drive to and through Callander is very picturesque.

We didn’t actually stop in the town. Instead, we drove throughout the surrounding areas before stopping off at Loch Venachar. The reason we parked up here was to enjoy the view across the loch which was stunning and peaceful. There was no one else around.

This spot enabled us to easily park our Ford Tourneo Connect and provided plenty of space to exit/enter our WAV via the rear wheelchair ramp without any problems.

Once I was out of my WAV, I was able to drive my wheelchair across the ground and get a closer look at the view. It felt amazing being out in nature surrounded by beautiful autumn trees, water and bright blue sky. The perfect autumnal day in the Scottish countryside.

Loch Venachar is situated between Callander and Brig o’ Turk which you can imagine is very scenic. I would recommend a visit to the Callander and Loch Venachar area as there are lovely walks as well as a large area of forest and places to stop off for something to eat such as Venachar Lochside restaurant, which has a wheelchair accessible entrance and accessible toilet.

I’m hoping to visit more of my favourite spots as well as making new discoveries during these autumn months. Stay tuned!

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