The pixies, elves and water sprites that once roamed the bewitching Trossachs all left the area in the late Nineties to find work doing Hollywood fantasy films.
While now devoid of dryads, nyads and sylphs, the national park and its surrounding area continues to enchant visitors.
Today’s Big Deal is sure to cast a spell on anyone who says the magic words ‘overnight break’ and clicks on the mystic ‘Buy now’ button.
A short drive form Edinburgh or Glasgow, the Macdonald Forest Hills Hotel near Aberfoyle is one of the finest four star hotels in the Trossachs.
Visitors can enjoy of the hotel’s onsite activity centre, the new, luxury spa or simply revel in some of the finest scenery in Scotland; a land which isn’t exactly starved of countryside eye candy.
Today’s Big Deal is for an overnight stay in an executive room. With views over the gardens or the hills, the rooms feature full en-suite facilities, luxurious soft furnishings, an iPod docking station and, at extra cost, Wi-Fi.
The hotel’s Garden Restaurant specialises in the finest Scottish beef, lamb, pork and wild white fish as well as sourcing local, organic suppliers for their vegetables and dairy products. Rafters bar and bistro offer more casual dining and a calm space to sip and nibble at your afternoon tea.
The four candlelit treatment rooms of the Spa are ideal for calm relaxation or you can clear the mind with a swim in the hotel’s 18 metre, indoor pool or a session in the fully equipped gym.
The onsite activity centre offers sailing , kayaking, quad biking and abseiling while nearby attractions include the Go Ape high wire forest adventure; Blair Drummond Safari Park, Stirling Castle and, of course, The Trossachs National Park.
Want a wizard time? Point your magic mouse towards Big Deal:
£99 for two people bed and breakfast at Macdonald Forest Hills Hotel and Resort including a bottle of wine, afternoon tea for two and one file and polish nail treatment; a 51% saving on the standard £205