Hello everyone, Posted elsewhere but didn't get any replies. Hoping you can help. We are looking to go to Scotland this coming half term in February. We are family of four, including a 5 and a 2 year old. We aren't scared of the cold. Would love an adventure but may be equally happy with something tame but unique. I have looked online but everything I found is summer focused. No info on winter stuff. Any ideas? Or AIBU to even think of holidaying in Scotland? If not Scotland then where in the UK should we consider (I have sent off for my passport so we can't travel abroad). Many thanks!
You're not unreasonable, but you are brave 😁 If you get lucky with the weather, it'll be cold and frosty, but clear skies, so great for walking in the hills and a bit of sight seeing. The problem at this time of year though is the rain (and gales if you head up north) - you might not see out 6ft out your window for days.
Having said that, Scotland's beautiful and worth a visit! Edinburgh and Glasgow have got loads of indoor stuff, like museums and historical buildings and if you want countryside then the highlands and Cairngorms have loads of hiking and natural beauty spots. If you do head inland, think about getting winter tyres - I live in the north east and wouldn't have left my house for most of December without them!
It depends on where in Scotland you go. I would usually say to be aware of islands as ferries can be cancelled in bad weather. That said we went to Arran (look up Auchrannie) in February and had the smoothest crossing I’ve ever had on a boat! Weather was mixed but we had dry days. We even got on to the beach (albeit with snowsuits on).
We are going to Erigmore.. about an hour north of Edinburgh (near Perth I think) for 4 days and doing a night and two days in Edinburgh. Hoping it wont snow and make driving too hard! Don't mind wrapping up warm and also hoping it won't rain too much haha.
You can do self catering in cabins with hot tubs and things in quite a few places. What about the cairngorms and do some skiing /sledging etc. I would be wary of hiking in the hills at this time of year, can be very dangerous if weather changes as it can very easily up here. Crieff Hydro is a great idea too with loads of child friendly activities and child care as well if I remember, so adults can have some time on their own too.
Believe it or not, people live here in February (and other parts of the year....)
Seriously - bring the appropriate gear, don't expect to get out and about every single day, and just get on with it. Be aware that ferries might be cancelled, roads might get shut (snow/land slips) and some places might not be open. You can enjoy indoors things as well as outdoors. Where are you thinking of staying?
No need to go north. Take a look at Laggan Outdoor. Amazing activities for all the family, local tourist hotspots and if you decide Scotland's not for you (which you won't) day trips to Ireland or the islands. Love SW Scotland- have fun
Are you looking for a city or the country? As established on a previous thread (it was very amusing) Edinburgh remains open all year and there are lots of things for children to do - indoors too if the weather really is awful. Glasgow is good too. I'm not sure about B&Bs in the country though, unless you prefer hotels. Places like Oban or Elgin might be nice.
What about aviemore? Lots to do at this time of year, the Hilton coylumbridge is very family orientated with onsite activities and entertainment, reasonable too. Also loads of activities in the area including unique things like husky sleds and the funicular railway.