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16 Little Adventures to enjoy with the family

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Exploring Scotland is always something special, but it can be even more magical with little ones in tow, when you can experience it all through their eyes – with wonder and excitement.

Join Hannah and Jack this autumn as they take you on their very own little adventure, as their scrapbook bursting with family holiday experiences across Scotland comes to life. From riding on the backs of steel horses to discovering Scotland’s Dark Skies Park and so much more, there’s family adventures waiting around every corner. Watch their adventure and read on to find out more.

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Arthur’s Seat, Edinburgh

Even little legs can enjoy the climb up to the top of Arthur’s Seat, Edinburgh’s iconic dormant volcano (or giant’s chair!). Situated in Holyrood Park, it offers the perfect escape from the bustling city and your climb will be rewarded with cracking views across the city and beyond to the Firth of Forth.

The Kelpies, Falkirk

Andy Scott’s 30m steel horses’ heads, The Kelpies, are a sight to behold. Head for the beautifully landscaped Helix Park on the outskirts of Falkirk and see these impressive sculptures in all their glory. They really come to life at night! The site offers a great opportunity for little ones to roam free.

St Ninian’s Isle, Shetland

The pristine beach at St Ninian’s Isle on the west coast of Shetland is unusual in that it’s a natural sand causeway with sea on either side – known as a tombola.  Soak up the calming atmosphere as you explore the area, which is linked with Shetland’s South Mainland.

Brough of Birsay, Orkney

The fascinating Brough of Birsay site, off Orkney’s Mainland, includes the remains of Pictish, Norse and medieval settlements. Uncover the many secrets of the area in the artefacts that have been discovered which indicate this was real power centre during Pictish times. The tidal island site is reached by a causeway and although closed until Spring 2021, the grounds remain open to visitors.

Hosta Beach, North Uist, Outer Hebrides

 

Little ones will enjoy feeling the sand between their toes as they explore the beautiful Hosta Beach on North Uist in the Outer Hebrides. With the sea on one side and machair on the other, the area is a haven for wildlife, so get those binoculars and wildlife spotters at the ready!

Oban, Argyll

Oban, Argyll

Why not give those little legs a work out and climb to McCaig’s Tower in picturesque Oban for spectacular views across the town and the Isle of Mull and beyond? There’s plenty to enjoy in the town and look out for the impressive former tall ship, the St Hilda, and book now for a 2021 adventure along the islands of the Hebridean coast.

Glamis Castle, Angus

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Glamis Castle has been described as Scotland’s most beautiful castle and lies a short 20 min drive from Dundee. Glamis boasts more than 1000 years of history. The castle was the inspiration for Shakespeare’s Macbeth, was the childhood home of HM Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother and birthplace of HRH The Princes Margaret #visitdundee #dreamnowvisitlater . . #visitdundee #Scotland #VisitScotland #scotlandisnow #thisisscotland #lovescotland #scotlandshots #storiesfromscotland #ilovescotland #ecosse #simplyscotland #scotland_greatshots #scotland_insta #explorescotland #ilovescotland #scotlandshots #escocia #ecosse #instascotland #VisitBritain #scotland_lover #BBCBritain #BBCTravel #GuardianTravelSnaps #castles #tayside #glamiscastle #castlesofinstagram #castlesofscotland

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Royalty, Shakespeare, witches, gardens and more – Glamis Castle awaits. It is the childhood home of the Queen Mother, inspiration for Macbeth, boasts enviable flora displays across the Italian and walled gardens and includes walks across the extensive grounds. Although the castle and grounds are currently closed, look out for the virtual tour and get ready to plan your visit when it reopens in 2021.

Loch Tay, Perthshire

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Step back in time with a visit to the Scottish Crannog Centre that sits on Loch Tay. Little ones and adults alike will love uncovering a brilliantly preserved slice of the past with living history interactive demonstrations, a museum and a reconstructed crannog. Visits must be booked in advance.

Dunfermline Abbey, Fife

Royalty is quite literally at the heart of Dunfermline Abbey and Palace. Many Scottish monarchs were crowned here and it’s the final resting place for many more, including Robert the Bruce. The Abbey remains closed for 2020, but the Nave reopens from 7 October. Booking is required in advance. While in the town, why not the sprawling Pittencrieff Park, with woodland walks, playparks and even peacocks!

South Breakwater Lighthouse, Aberdeen

Looking like a rocket ship ready to take off and clearly visible from the Harbour Beach, the South Breakwater Lighthouse in Aberdeen dates from the 19th century and was constructed to shelter the harbour area from bracing easterly winds.

Clatteringshaws Loch, Galloway Forest Park

For a guaranteed ‘Wow’ factor for all the family – head for Clatteringshaws Loch in the Galloway Forest Park – Scotland’s first dedicated Dark Skies Park. Look up and see thousands of twinkling stars as the magic of the night sky comes to life. Find out more about Dark Skies across Scotland.

Ben Lomond, Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park

Ben Lomond in Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park is Scotland’s most southerly Munro (peaks over 3,000 ft/914 m). Although little legs might not quite stretch to the full summit, there is a family-friendly leisurely walk at the lower level. Guided walks can be arranged via the Ranger Service, with more information available at both the Ranger Centre at Ardess and the information centre at the Rowardennan car park.

Glasgow City Centre Mural Trail

Glasgow is a city renowned for its creative side, but the stunning Glasgow City Centre Mural Trail takes this creativity to a whole new level. From St Mungo and a nod to the city’s music scene, to comedian Billy Connolly there are 29 murals across sites in easy walking distance of the city centre. Look up at tenement walls, offices and even university buildings as they come to life and tell their very own story.

Stac Pollaidh, Sutherland, Highlands

Scotland’s many mountains and hills provide some of the best hill walking around. Why not enjoy a picnic along the way? But always remember to leave no trace and take your rubbish with. And with views like this from the top of Stac Pollaidh in the North West Highlands, it’s well worth the effort for some of the more challenging routes.  Find out more family-friendly walks across Scotland.

Lochranza Castle, Isle of Arran

The free to visit Lochranza Castle in the north of the Isle of Arran boasts a fascinating history, and it’s much older than originally thought, dating back as far as the late 12th or early 13th centuries. It’s also not simply a 15th century towerhouse, but in fact a much older hall house from Medieval times. Although the site is closed until Spring 2021, there are plenty more things to see and do for all the family on the Isle of Arran.

Pettigo Wick Bay, Scottish Borders

Forming part of St Abb’s Head Nature Reserve, the craggy inlet of Pettico Wick Bay in the Scottish Borders offers for birdwatchers and nature lovers of all ages. Get the binoculars at the ready to spot thousands of seabirds as they fly overhead or perch on the dramatic cliffs overlooking the crystal clear waters below. It also offers the perfect spot for a family photo – cameras out!!

Discover more fantastic family holiday ideas and attractions across Scotland, check out our special Scottish Stories for Kids and look out for more magical experiences across the country.

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