Super excited to share a guest post all about my favourite place (Scotland!) from the lovely Sam at Travelling With Our Kids today! 🙂
Having lived in Scotland for over 20 years now, you would think that my family & I would have fully explored Scotland. However, truth is, we have hardly explored this beautiful country! Getting out in your own “backyard” and exploring is what we plan to do over the coming years to see more of Scotland and its true beauty. There are so many places to visit with your children and if you are an outdoorsy type family then Scotland is the place for you! Scotland is famous for many things some of which are great for the whole family too.
I expect one of the most well-known castles is Edinburgh Castle, in the capital city, it sits high above the city and is a wonderful place to explore with the kids. Book your tickets in advance as the queues can be huge. Apart from Edinburgh Castle there are lots of lesser known castles for you to explore around Scotland. (link – https://www.visitscotland.com/see-do/attractions/castles/)
Cities of Scotland
Cities can be great for short breaks or even doing a multi stop holiday. We haven’t explored much of Glasgow but I have heard many great things about it. You also can’t forget Edinburgh with its beautiful architecture and full of history. Or if you wanted to go to some of the smaller cities you could visit Stirling (which also has a castle to visit), St Andrews (home to golf), Aberdeen, Dundee and up North is Inverness. That’s only to name a few as well – I might be here all day if I listed all of them. *A note from Alex – Glasgow is my favourite!
Okay, not one for the kids to try! However, some distilleries allow children along on the tours. Learning how whisky is made may well be interesting for some children.
Scotland is stunning! Some of my favourite places to visit for the scenery is the Trossachs area which includes Callander and Killin. Glencoe is also stunning are well worth a drive up the A82 through Rannoch Moor. Although if your children (or adults) are prone to car sickness then you may have to take your time! If you head across to the Isle of Arran (just of the West coast of Scotland) then you will see why it is known as Scotland in miniature! It is one of my favourite places to visit and I’ve walked the Arran Coastal Way a few years ago. It’s such a beautiful island with lots of outdoor activities available for families to take part in.
Think of Scotland and what food do you think of? My first thought is Haggis, which my husband would eat day and night if he could! I’ve lived here for over 20 years and still refuse to try haggis! There are also deep-fried mars bars, which when I first moved here everyone spoke about. Again, I’ve never tried them as I don’t like batter. Some more child friendly ideas are tablet and shortbread…although I won’t be held responsible for how hyper they may become afterwards!!
The Edinburgh Festival Fringe is the world’s largest arts festival which normally starts in August each year. People from all around the world come to see what’s going on. There are plenty of shows and things to do for the whole family. With a great atmosphere, I’m sure the whole family will enjoy the experience of being in Edinburgh while the festival is on.
You can’t visit Scotland and not visit Loch Ness. At over 20 miles long, it is most well-known for the home to the Loch Ness Monster or Nessie. It has been on our to do list for many years and we still haven’t had a chance to drive that far North yet. However, if you do have time to visit then make sure you go as I’m sure the kids would enjoy trying to find Nessie. There are also plenty of options to do in the local area including a visit to Urquhart Castle which sits beside the loch.
Where are your top places to visit in Scotland with kids?