The first step in figuring out what to pack for Scotland with kids is making a list of what you plan to see and do with kids in Scotland. Our 3 week Scotland itinerary with kids is packed full of ideas for the best things to do in Scotland with kids.
Like most other people, we’ve got a long list of places we want to go and, in all truthfulness, we add to it faster than we cross places off. Scotland had been on our list for a very long time and especially the Isle of Skye. With a summer off to travel after our daughter’s first school year, we knew this would be the perfect time to travel to Scotland with kids.
One of the most breathtaking sights in Glencoe, Scotland are the majestic Three Sisters. The majority of the people who see them stop at the viewpoint, take a few pictures, then get back in their car and leave. But did you know that one of the best Glencoe walks is a short hike up into a river valley between two of the sisters? It’s a bit challenging with small kids (ours were aged 6 & 3), but it can be done.
Fort William, Scotland bills itself as the “Outdoor Capital of the UK” and for good reason. It sits at the foot of Ben Nevis (the UK’s tallest mountain) and is the starting point and ending point for many epic multi-day hikes, including the famous West Highlands Trail.
With desolate windswept beauty, visiting Inishmore of the Irish Aran Islands is a popular day trip from Galway. And for good reason, there is a bit of everything on Inishmore (also known as Inis Mor), from prehistoric clifftop forts, to geological wonders to beautiful beaches.
The Hermitage Woodland Walk is a magical, family-friendly walk through the woods. One of the reasons this Tay Forest Park walk is so fun is that it was once a pleasure ground for the Dukes of Atholl in the 18th century. The Dukes designed the area and planted many of the trees for their personal enjoyment.
We were drawn to the Dingle Peninsula, Ireland by stories of rugged coastlines, beautiful scenery and a charming fishing town. The reality lived up to the hype; this place is amazing and is one of the best places to visit in Ireland with kids or without.
We love hiking with the kids to the top of mountains. It’s such a great feeling of accomplishment for them to stand at the very top looking down on where they came from.
Scotland is world-famous for its beautiful lochs and highlands. All elements of this scenic beauty is on full display in the Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park, conveniently located within a few hours of Glasgow and Edinburgh.
The Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park is home to iconic long-distance walk such as the West Highland Way and the Rob Roy Trail. If you are looking for something a little shorter, try these five easy walks in Loch Lomond: