We asked ourselves whether Scotland with children really makes sense. A classic summer vacation on the beach is definitely something different. Scotland is pure nature and outdoor fun!
GGive the kids beach, sea and sun and they are happy! That was at least until now always our credo for the summer vacation with kids. This time, however, it was said to hop in puddles, hunting sheep, stones in the hole throw and find rainbows & find. As a half Scottish I wanted to bring my children but at least once my second home a little closer ...
Weather & clothes:
Well, with the weather in Scotland is always such a thing and the suitcase-packing for the kids really ungrateful (at least for us mothers). Because in principle, there can be everything from sunshine and 25 degrees to heavy rain and 15 degrees in Scotland. So everything from short pants and T-shirts to muddy pants, hats and rubber boots has to be packed. Since there are enough packing lists floating around in the net, I'll let it outside ...
We were in the middle of August for a week in the Scottish Highlands On the way and for six days only one was really sunny and beautiful! I could have saved myself the shirts and shorts. Or maybe we just had bad luck.
EasyJet flies from Munich right after Edinburgh at very reasonable rates. Hand luggage is inclusive, without weight limit and also for every child! Additional luggage must be paid extra and drinks and food in the plane of course, too. Flight time is a good two hours, which is really well done with kids.
It was noticeable that on the flight almost no toddlers were on board. That says that this is not the classic summer destination for Familys ... From Edinburgh you drive to the west coast by car for about 3 hours.
The usual, suspicious landlords like Europcar and Sixt There are about 500 meters walking outside the terminal. These are a bit more expensive at first glance, but on closer inspection they are the better choice!
We made the big mistake and over from outside the airport AurumCars and get better at Green Motion booked (via CHECK24). The basic price was indeed much cheaper than the competition, but the hidden extra costs locally for it all the higher. Definitely not recommended and total rip-off! We simply brought child seats ourselves to save additional costs.
General information about driving in Scotland with children:
Left-hand traffic prevails! Driver's license: a valid driver's license is sufficient if you come from a European country Speed limits: highways: Expressways (dual carriageways): Closed town: Outside built-up areas: Other useful information: There are no toll roads or bridges in Scotland and children under the age of 12 who are smaller than 135 cm should use a child seat appropriate for their weight.
Left-hand traffic prevails!
Driver's license: a valid driver's license is sufficient if you come from a European country
Expressways (dual carriageways):
Outside built-up areas:
Other useful information: There are no toll roads or bridges in Scotland and children under the age of 12 who are smaller than 135 cm should use a child seat appropriate for their weight.
Of course, classic B & Bs are also a great option. These are like sand on the sea in all colors, shapes and price ranges! These should be reserved in advance in the high season, at least in the tourist resorts. There are various portals for this, such as booking.com* or bedanadbreakfast.com.
I found it more charming to stay in one place and to explore Scotland with children from there with day trips. Definitely less stressful than a road trip with a daily suitcase packing, especially with smaller kids.
Our base was Fort William in the southwestern Highlands at Loch Linnhe located. From there, all sights were very easy to reach. Inverness offers itself as a starting point otherwise still good on or for the Hebriden islands still Oban, Depending on what you would like to see in Scotland with children.
Our travel route in Scotland with children from Fort William:
Day 1: Stroll through the cute pedestrian street with cafes, pubs and shops in Fort William, After that Neptune's Staircase about 10 minutes north by car. A great lock system to explore for the kids!
Glencoe with a small hike overlooking the Three sisters.
Glen Nevis with a short hike to the waterfall about 1,6km.
Jacobite Steam Train: Steam locomotive or also known as the Hogwarts Express from Harry Potter of Fort William after Mallaig and back again.
Day trip to the Isle of Mull with the ferry in Lochaline after Fishnish.
Eilean Donan Castle and get better at Isle of Skye in about 1,5 hours to reach by car. Plockton - my personal favorite spot in Scotland only about 20 minutes from Eilean Donan Castle away. Sweet hippie fishing village with palm trees!
Onward journey over Falkirk Wheel & The Kelpies after Edinburgh and on to Northumberland in England.
A trip through Scotland with children is of course different from a beach holiday in Croatia. It's adventure, it's nature and pure fascination! It is wildly romantic, dramatic and mystically beautiful. We were able to lure the kids especially with outdoor activities, such as the steam train or the ferry ride. But they also liked the small puddle hikes.
On Isle of Mull We were able to observe animals on every street corner, especially sheep and highland cows. The beaches on Calgary Bay and Tobermory were real highlights!
The big travel days were of course not very popular. Therefore, we often made smaller trips to the surrounding area. Only Isle of Mull and Eilean Donan Castle you can Plockton were complete day trips with some whining kids in the back seat.
Maybe you are interested too my tips for Fort William? Or mine personal highlights of a trip to Scotland in the next post? What were your experiences in Scotland with children? At the end or beginning you can of course also make a perfect stop in the beautiful city of Edinburgh. Here I recommend one Hop-on hop-off bus tour* to all sights!
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