You don’t need to compromise on comfort to have a sustainable family holiday in Scotland. You’ll find that there is eco-friendly accommodation close to some of Scotland’s best attractions. Everyone wants to live a greener life, so on your next visit to Scotland why not stay in sustainable accommodation? Here are eight sustainable holiday ideas to get you thinking.
Base your family at one of these holiday parks and enjoy a camping holiday with breath-taking sights on your doorstep.
Mortonhall Caravan & Camping Park, Edinburgh
Mortonhall Caravan & Camping Park accommodates touring caravans, motorhomes and tents. The park also has 20 holiday homes for hire, eight wooden wigwams and three compact shepherd huts. Set on the south side of Edinburgh, within a 200-acre country estate, you’ll be just 15 minutes from Edinburgh city centre and five minutes from the city bypass. This is an excellent location for capital sites like the National Museum and events such as the Fringe Festival, as well as day trips outside of the city. The park is a David Bellamy Conservation Award Winner, a scheme that champions holiday parks working to protect and enhance the environment.
Loch Lomond Holiday Park, Stirlingshire
Another conservation award winner, Loch Lomond Holiday Park is the perfect place for a countryside escape with the family. Book a stay here and you’ll enjoy panoramic views across the bonnie banks of Loch Lomond – you could even stay in a waterfront lodge! The park has a mixture of holiday homes, lodges and motorhome pitches providing views to the loch and the hills beyond. There is even a private loch-side beach and boat launching area. A National Park setting offers the promise of an active holiday with the chance to relax.
Enjoy a family holiday in style at one of Scotland’s green glamping parks.
Ecocamp Glenshee, Perthshire
Try out glamping at Ecocamp Glenshee safe in the knowledge that you are staying somewhere that is environmentally aware. With recycling facilities on site, solar panels and environmentally friendly products and furnishings, Ecocamp Glenshee is doing things right. There are an amazing amount of activities to try in this part of Scotland including wildlife treks, mountain biking, skiing in the Cairngorms, woodland skills courses and more. You’re not too far from Dundee either! Family holidays in Scotland are all about variety and you’ll definitely find that here.
Loch Ken Eco Bothies, Dumfries & Galloway
Looking to explore what south Scotland has to offer with your family this year? A glamping holiday in Dumfries & Galloway promises picturesque surroundings with a wealth of activities. The accommodation at Loch Ken Eco Bothies is made from Scottish Larch, powered by solar energy, and fitted to the highest standards using largely renewable resources. Sit back and enjoy the dark skies in a hot tub at one of these beautifully furnished luxury eco-cabins. Galloway Activity Centre, which runs the park, is a great place to discover family adventures such as kayaking and woodland walks.
A self-catering holiday in Scotland is always popular, but what if you could make it sustainable too? A win-win situation!
East Cambusmoon Holiday Cottages, West Dunbartonshire
You’ll find East Cambusmoon Holiday Cottages in the heart of the beautiful Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park. This is a fine eco-friendly base to explore this scenic area. Activities you could try with the family include golf, walking, cycling and watersports. If you fancy a day trip, Scotland’s two largest cities, Glasgow and Edinburgh, are easily accessible and provide all kinds of things to do for families. East Cambusmoon is part of the Green Tourism Business Scheme, which means they are assessed against a rigorous set of criteria covering everything from water and energy efficiency to waste reduction and recycling, transport, biodiversity and more. Talk about green living!
Forest Holidays, Perthshire
Enjoy the fresh air and forest atmosphere at these eco-friendly woodland cabins in Perthshire. Forest Holidays Strathyre’s spacious cabins come with a hot tub and whole range of things to do in the area. From mountain climbing and forest walks, to fishing and canoeing, you’ll be spoilt for choice. Encircled by forest, loch and mountain, Strathyre holidays are the ultimate holiday escape, whether you're staying for weekend breaks or longer. Not far from Stirling and Callander, you’ll have the chance to spend the day out in town too.
Relax on a working farm and watch the world go by in a rural setting – the kids will love it! The following places have green credentials too.
Black Isle Yurts, Inverness-shire
Fancy a spot of eco-sensitive glamping on a working farm? Start your agri-tourism adventure at Black Isle Yurts in the Scottish Highlands and enjoy dramatic coastal as well as woodland scenery. Tastefully furnished, each locally built yurt comes with a wood-burning stove and has its own secluded pitch in native woodland. Spend a peaceful holiday in the Highlands and catch a glimpse of the local wildlife, which you are helping to protect by holidaying sustainably. Dolphins, otters, badgers and birdlife are just some of the animals you might encounter.
Mill Rink Arran Self-Catering, Arran
Experience island life on a family holiday to the Isle of Arran. Mill Rink Arran Self-Catering is set on a working farm with lots of activities nearby for kids and adults. Reap the benefits of dog and child-friendly accommodation with outdoor space, a play field and dog walking options around the farm. From this eco-friendly setting, Arran is your oyster. There are coastal, forest or hill walks on your doorstep as well as bird watching, fishing, star gazing, golf and photography all on offer.