Scotland has some of the most beautiful scenery we’ve ever seen. We were lucky to spend 3 weeks in the summer for our holiday in Scotland with kids. When we travel with our kids, we tend to spend as much time outside in nature being active as possible, so we knew that Scotland would be right up our alley. But it wasn’t all hiking and some of the hikes we did were so much fun for the kids.
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. We knew that we’d be spending a large portion of our time hiking with kids in Scotland and even if we weren’t hiking, we’d likely be outside. We had to be ready for the elements!
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.
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.
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:
Ben A’an is one of the most popular peaks to climb in the Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park. In a land of long distance hikes like the West Highland Way, Ben A’an is a rare short hike in the Trossachs which offers incredible views of two lochs from the summit.
The Whangie is a medium-length, family-friendly Loch Lomond hike to a unique rock formation. The rocks are perfectly shaped and sized for kids of all ages to climb up and explore.