Scotland with all its haunting cragginess has lots of interesting places to offer for a one of a kind holiday with kids. Don’t be daunted by its wild coasts and expansive ruins, you as a family can wholly enjoy the region’s rugged beauty and historical sites and not leave the kids out from all the fun.
Here are some of the best things that you and your family can enjoy in Scotland.
Unlimited Walking Trails
The walking trails meandering along rolling hills, theatrical coastal lines and soaring mountain peaks beaconing in Scotland’s horizon are hard to resist. A great day can be spent on exhilarating walks along Scotland’s highest sea cliffs of the Old Man of Hoy in Orkney, the craggy steep gullies of Stac Pollaidh in Assynt to view the rocky crest of Torridonian sandstone crowning the pinnacles, Un’s Muckle Flugga’s dramatic coastline in the Shetland Isles and the Scottish National Trail spanning an 864 kilometre route to Cape Wrath from Kirk Yetholm.
There is also the Cairngorm National Park of Loch An Eilein, in the forest of Rothiemurchus, where you can spend a day laying around a picnic basket in view of a 13th century island castle. Other Scotland famous walking trails are the Slioch of Wester Ross, Lovers’ Stone of St Kilda, The Coffin Roads of Isle of Harris, Beinn a’Chrulaiste of Glen Coe and Isle of Eigg of Summer Isles.
Besides the incredible trails that meander around Scotland from its scenic Highlands to its breathtaking borders, it is also blessed with vibrant, mystical natural landscapes. When you rent a holiday home in Scotland, it is more than likely that you will have incredible views from all windows, and even just sitting out in the peaceful garden will provide you with an opportunity to see lots of wildlife.
Scotland’s reserves of amazing natural sceneries include; Glencoe splendid in its natural scenic beauty is extensively immersed in Scottish history. Then there is Loch Ness, one of Scotland’s 30,000 lochs, which you all can enjoy with your search for its famous legendary monster, another one is the Luskentyre Beach in the Outer Hebrides, with its almost pure white beach and crystal-clear waters which closely resembles one of the Caribbean beaches but is betrayed by its water temperature. The mystical moss-covered rock strewn across the red waters of the gorge of Finnich Glen in Stirlingshire, the lava cave of the Isle of Staffa that was created around 66million years ago by lava flows and the natural phenomenon of the cascading Fairy Pools in the Isle of Skye.
Amazingly Delicious Food
Scotland is a wonderland of culinary pleasures. As it is a country of bountiful dreams, fresh produce also abounds. The Scottish Salmon is one of a kind you can even get it in other places outside of Scotland because it is so famous. As a tourist nothing can beat your first taste of the Scottish Haggis by the Clachaig Inn, in Glencoe, Argyll. An iconic Scottish national dish Haggis is minced sheep’s lung, liver and heart with oatmeal, onion, suet, spices and salt packed inside an animal’s intestine. Neeps and tatties (turnips and potatoes) are typically served with the Haggis and is said to be a set of dishes that like peas and carrots always go together. Aside from these traditional dishes you can also hunt the Scottish special Fish and Chips which Anstuther Fish Bar in Fife is famous for. Another must try is the Scotch Egg which is the specialty dish of The Auld Smiddy Inn in Kinross, Perth and Pitlochry. Porridge should not be missed, whether you will be served with a hearty gourmet restaurant’s version or you pour out a box of Scott’s Porridge Oats. Across Scotland you will not have an opportunity to miss the full Scottish breakfasts traditionally served by every Inn’s, Hotel’s or Motel’s restaurant.
With its unpredictable weather you will not have to spend a day caught inside your hotel room. Scotland has child friendly places where your whole family can enjoy indoor activities. Let’s start with the play park Heads of Ayr Farm Park in Ayr where the greatest attractions are the animals, but outdoor rides also abound along with a giant aerial runway. On a rainy day you can all play on the drop slides and soft play area in the undercover Play N’ Wild adventure barn. Next choice is the Loch Lomond Bird of Prey Centre and Aquarium where guided tours are offered on the individual history and character of birds. Near the Bird of Prey Centre is an aquarium where a ‘tropical ocean’ tunnel allow you to view Scotland’s largest collection of over 1,500 sea creatures and sharks. There is also the Calderglen Country Park in East Kilbride where you can troop around the children’s zoo, smell the fresh oxygenated air of a tropical glasshouse, and play around the play areas. Not to be left forgotten is the M&D’s theme park Strathclyde Country Park in Motherwell where adults can play in a crazy golf course that stretches over an expanse of water right into a pirate’s galleon, while kids frolic in the soft play area on a ball pit, trampolines and spiral chutes.
Scotland’s Renowned Golf Courses
Scotland is one of the best places for a golf, Edinburgh in particular. The city is famous for its wide and open green spaces, flanked on one side by the Firth of Forth and low-lying hills on the other side, perfect setting for the Merchants of Edinburgh, Murrayfield Golf Club, Baberton Golf Club, Duddingston Golf Club, Bruntsfield Links and Prestonfield Golf Club golf courses that laid claim to their fair share of the verdant region.
Around and near Edinburgh are the equally famous golf courses of Muirfield Archerfield Links Golf Club in North Berwick, Gifford in Haddinton, Musselburgh Links – The Old Course in Musselburgh, North Berwick Golf Club in North Berwick and Craigielaw Golf Club in Longniddry which on their own can boast of scenic, quiet, flowing and perfectly manicured greens.