house is located on the point with a great view of the
surrounding hills, the Zeleni Vir Valley and the Kupa River.
If the weather is clear one can see all the way to the
Julijske, Kamniške and Savinjske Alps (at the distance of
approximately 200 km), glittering in the snow in winter
time. There are many walking paths around Skrad taking you
through scented forests to gorgeous sceneries. There are
great sites for rest, relaxation and various outdoor
activities. You are in the centre of the Gorski Kotar area,
which is the starting point for excursions to the
surrounding countryside (to Zeleni Vir (a spring) and Vražji
Prolaz (a gorge), to the Iševnčica and Kupica rivers, the
Kupa River, the Skradski or Veliki Vrh peaks). You can go to
the small nearby highland villages (Tusti Vrh, Sleme,
Žrnovac, Planina, Gorica, Zakrajc, Malo Selce, Bukov Vrh,
Hribac, Rogi, Buzin, Radočaj and many others); and see how
people live and why they emigrate, how meadows and arable
lands have overgrown, and why the villages are disappearing.
Near the village of Hlevac you can see karst pits and holes
(for example the Kiclov Holes, the Šijski Pits). They
say that there are more than one hundred springs around the
Skradski Peak, the water from the Šerementovo Plateau sinks
underground supplying the Zeleni Vir spring, the Kupica
River and many other springs, all the way to Vrbovsko.
There is a number of good bike trails in the Skrad
surroundings. The Risnjak National Park and the Golubinjak
Park are not far away, while Bjelolasica, Risnjak, Bijele
and Samarske Stijene Rocks are there for hiking trips. You
can go angling or rafting on the Kupica and Kupa Rivers.