Advice sought on planning a family holiday to the Scottish Isles..

(12 Posts)
ja9r Thu 16-Jul-15 20:54:06

Very open minded to which island(s)...

Children aged 2,9,11.

We like walking and cycling...

We don't camp wink

Travelling from Central Scotland

Would love advice on which island(s) to visit, where to stay and what to do.

Ideally accommodation right on the beach or v v v close.

Hope someone can share experiences and expertise. TIA

confusedeio Thu 16-Jul-15 21:05:15

Highland Park House on Orkney is beautiful and run by a wonderful family. It's a great base for exploring.

Shukran008 Thu 16-Jul-15 21:18:17

Eriskay and Barra in the western isles, small, beautiful with interesting histories.
lots of self catering houses.
Eriskay is tiny with a community centre, shop and pub, lots going on over the summer for kids if you pick the right week.
Uist is north but that's flat, windy and boring in comparison!

Outwith Thu 16-Jul-15 21:21:40

Arran is lovely smile.

Sweetpotatoaddict Thu 16-Jul-15 21:31:44

I think Tiree would be fab for families, lots of different beaches to explore, a superb watersports centre, some really nice walks. We stayed in a lovely cottage called lower kenovay, all mod cons. Tiree is allegedly the sunniest place in the UK. Three and a bit hour sail from Oban.
Be prepared before you go, it is remote 2 hotels, couple of shops, few cafes. You arrive off the ferry and you instantly relax, waving at everyone who goes past. We've island hopped all over and I think Tiree would be my advice with children. The cottage I've stayed in has a massive big living/ kitchen/ dining room and a separate other sitting room, it's just 50m from a beach too.
Just typing this has made me long for another trip there smile

ja9r Fri 17-Jul-15 19:50:48

Thank you for your replies- really appreciate them. Great to hear from others with experience. Will have a close look at Tiree just now...

5Foot5 Mon 20-Jul-15 13:29:20

Arran is beautiful and also has plenty to do. Lots of great walks and cycling. We hired bikes and took them on the small ferry from Lochranza to the Kintyre peninsula then it was an easy cycle ride from there to Skipness Castle.

Pony trekking was another fun activity.

And there are some lovely beaches. Kildonan has dozens and dozens of seals basking on the rocks.

Easy to get to as it is only about an hour on the ferry from Ardrossan.

ChrisQuean Mon 20-Jul-15 13:30:34

Definitely Arran for first timers to the Scottish Islands. Loads to do and lovely.

BlueChampagne Thu 23-Jul-15 15:51:44

Great rock pooling on West coast. You might find a sea life safari or similar boat trip, depending where you go.

Mull is good for wildlife and actually has a town. You could also go to Iona and boat trip to Staffa (Fingal's Cave).

Don't forget the midge repellant!

MrsAmaretto Mon 27-Jul-15 23:05:49

Shetland is fantastic for families, but it is expensive to get to. Have a look on the Promote Shetland website.

ZazieSiddharta Tue 28-Jul-15 01:58:38

Mull.

Redglitter Tue 28-Jul-15 02:58:59

Does it have to be an island ?

Arran and Millport are lovely and easily accessible from the mainland. I'd go for a mainland base and visits to the islands

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