Scotland has really upped its game when it comes to family-friendly holiday ideas. For adventurous kids, this place is absolute heaven, with so many things to see and do from dog sledging in the Cairngorms or hunting out pesky ghosts in Aberdeen’s castles. There’s a distinctive lack of water parks (as you would expect, given Scotland’s northerly latitude), but it more than makes up for that with more unusual and memorable family-friendly activities for all ages.
Get back to nature
Don’t forget your bikes, because there are cycling and hiking trails galore across the glens (which really do turn bright purple when the heather blooms in the early summer).
For city kids and older teens, a trip to Edinburgh during Festival season is a great way to spend some quality time together. The Fringe Festival has plenty for kids to enjoy, including circus training, juggling and storytelling for the younger kids, and family-friendly comedy for older teens.
On the other side of the country, Glasgow is packed full of museums, interactive science centres, and attractions like the Riverside Museum’s very own Tall Ship.
If your kids love their monsters, why not take them to Loch Ness to see if they can spot Nessie? Or take them to any one of the Go Ape! centres in Aberdeenshire, Peebleshire, or Stirling.
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