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Scotland for Kids – 7 reasons to go!

Super excited to share a guest post all about my favourite place (Scotland!) from the lovely Sam at Travelling With Our KidsΒ today! πŸ™‚

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 β€œbackyard” 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.

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Castles

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.Β  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 – GlasgowΒ  is my favourite!

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Whisky

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.

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Scenery

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.

Food

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!!

Edinburgh Fringe

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.

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Nessie

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.

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Where are your top places to visit in Scotland with kids?

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Thanks Sam!
Alex

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28 Comments

  • Reply Bernadette September 2, 2017 at 10:07 am

    Fab suggestions there. Loch Ness has plenty of places to run off some steam if that is needed – lots of little trails and some fun activities involving Nessie at several stops around the Loch. The other one I might add is Culloden for older children. The visitor centre is interactive and very thought provoking.

    • Reply bettertogetherhome September 2, 2017 at 10:08 am

      I definitely want to spend more time in Scotland – the dream is to one day live there! Thanks for the suggestions

  • Reply Anja September 2, 2017 at 10:53 am

    I don’t have kids but very much appreciated the tips and suggestions on here. Would love to take my boyfriend to a whiskey distillery!

    • Reply bettertogetherhome September 2, 2017 at 11:08 am

      Thanks Anja πŸ™‚

  • Reply Ana Ro September 2, 2017 at 10:57 am

    Whiskey is exactly what I need when travelling alone with my toddler! So thank you for understanding πŸ˜€

    • Reply bettertogetherhome September 2, 2017 at 11:08 am

      Haha! Well it goes without saying that us mums will need some kind of beverage after a week of travelling with them ha!

  • Reply Vicki September 2, 2017 at 11:05 am

    Scotland is still one of my dreams. But one day I will definitely go there and look for Nessie haha And trying a deep-fried-mars-bar? I’d totally do that! (And probably afterwards a salad cause I’d feel bad) The scenery looks stunning and makes me wanna go there right now. Thank you for sharing this with us!

    • Reply bettertogetherhome September 2, 2017 at 11:32 am

      Thanks Vicki – I am hoping to live there one day πŸ™‚ Although i’m yet to try a deep-fried mars bar ha! x

  • Reply Zoe September 2, 2017 at 3:12 pm

    Mmm deep-fried mars bars – I’ve tried one before and it was yummy! I don’t have children but Scotland definitely seems a great place to travel with kids! πŸ™‚

    • Reply bettertogetherhome September 2, 2017 at 3:17 pm

      It’s a great place to travel with or without kids – it really does have the best of everything πŸ™‚ x

  • Reply Helena September 2, 2017 at 7:27 pm

    Don’t have children but have definitely enjoyed the parts of Scotland that I’ve seen so far. Not explored that much of Edinburgh but my mum swears by how amazing it is! Always wanted to try a deep fried mars bar too, not sure I’d like it but do want to try πŸ˜‹

    • Reply bettertogetherhome September 2, 2017 at 8:43 pm

      I love Scotland and Edinburgh has a special place in my heart as we honeymooned there πŸ™‚ you gotta try one just once – for the experience ha!

  • Reply Rachael Leavitt Grow September 2, 2017 at 9:04 pm

    Scotland is one of the places I want to go the most. Some great points about traveling there! I actually hadn’t heard about Edinburgh Frindge before. So cool! I’d love to go since I’m an art major. πŸ™‚

    • Reply bettertogetherhome September 2, 2017 at 9:22 pm

      It’s wonderful – you would love it and Glasgow also has some incredible art galleries and stores!

  • Reply Sheila September 2, 2017 at 10:20 pm

    Scotland sounds dreamy. What would you say its the best season to visit? I’m not scared of the cold, so it’s more about when there are less tourists.

    • Reply bettertogetherhome September 2, 2017 at 10:26 pm

      To be honest, aside from Fringe (August) in Edinburgh there has never really been so many tourists at any place that I’ve been so as to be an annoyance! Edinburgh’s tourist sites can be a bit busy all-year round so if you were to go there then I would suggest Autumn. Aside from that any season is great (but we get midgies in the summer!)

  • Reply jin September 2, 2017 at 10:46 pm

    I don’t have kids yet, but I’ve always wanted to go to Scotland! It’s very high on my bucket list. You’re most if both informative and well-organized, and I enjoyed reading through it. Thank you for sharing!

    • Reply bettertogetherhome September 3, 2017 at 9:18 am

      Thanks Jin πŸ™‚

  • Reply Christie September 3, 2017 at 5:31 pm

    Great info! I don’t have any kids but my sister does so I’m gonna send her this to look at πŸ™‚

    • Reply bettertogetherhome September 3, 2017 at 5:36 pm

      Thanks Christie πŸ™‚ So much to see in Scotland without too – and you can make better use of the whisky distilleries πŸ˜‰

  • Reply Janna September 3, 2017 at 7:46 pm

    I don’t know much about this country except I know for a fact that its gorgeous because of this tv show I watch called Outlander. Thanks for sharing some fun things to do for the whole family.

    • Reply bettertogetherhome September 3, 2017 at 7:52 pm

      I LOVE Outlander Janna! **Jamie!**

  • Reply Danie September 3, 2017 at 7:54 pm

    I love Scotland – and hope my future small humans love hiking!!! Fringe Fest could be a lot of fun with kids… <3

    • Reply bettertogetherhome September 3, 2017 at 8:08 pm

      Oh Fringe is fab with kids (as long as they don’t mind crowds too much!) Scotland is fab and has loads of places to hike πŸ™‚

  • Reply Cory September 4, 2017 at 9:10 am

    We love Scotland! We don’t have kids, but we find this useful. We especially recommend the Royal Botanic Garden of Kew. Such awesome place!

    • Reply bettertogetherhome September 4, 2017 at 2:53 pm

      Thanks Cory πŸ™‚ xx

  • Reply Allison September 12, 2017 at 2:12 pm

    I love Scotland — I’ve only been to Edinburgh but this post definitely has me wanting to explore more.

    • Reply bettertogetherhome September 12, 2017 at 6:23 pm

      There’s so much more to see – I hope you get the chance to return and explore πŸ™‚

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