Stirling Travel Guide
It sounds like a brilliant idea – a tennis hotel for Scotland, to go along with all those golf hotels and hearty walker hotels, being backed by some of the country’s best professional sports people – but, sadly, it may not come to pass.
The Park of Keir development near Stirling wants to build a hotel and a “tennis and golf super-centre”, along with 100 homes – but hundreds of locals have objected to the plans. Perhaps the fatal flaw is that the two sportspeople backing it are golfer Colin Montgomerie and Andy Murray’s mum, Judy, who has committed the cardinal sin of doing a phenomenal job as a single mother as well as making a solid career for herself as a tennis coach on her own bat. How dare she want a hotel on top of that?
We're heavy on the Down Under stories today but this weekend we read a great eco-hotel tip in The Australian, and we think it's something a bit special. Just outside of the South Australian capital, Adelaide, you'll find the Warrawong Wildlife Sanctuary, which is not just a wildlife park but also an eco-hotel.
Accommodation at Warrawong comes in the form of eco-cabins that sleep up to eight people, and include air conditioning, heating and a bathroom. You can pay for the cabin at the rate of A$75 ($66) per adult or A$195 ($175) for a family of four, or you can book the all-inclusive package which includes meals, a guided walk and an animal show for A$120 ($107) per adult.
Inside the Warrawong Wildlife Sanctuary you can find a hundred different bird and animal species including the chance to see a koala or a platypus (that's the weird-looking guy in the picture). There are also plenty of kinds of kangaroos and wallabies for the typical Aussie animal photos. You can take a self-guided walk or join guided habitat, wetland or bird watching tours.
· Retreat to the Adelaide Hills [news.com.au]
· Warrawong Wildlife Sanctuary [Official Site]