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Holiday Ideas around Inverness and St Andrews...

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tassis Wed 17-May-06 14:45:09

Well I've lived in Scotland all my life, but have never had to entertain a 3 year old in Inverness or St Andrews.

We're spending a week in each and I'm looking for ideas of nice play parks, day trips, soft play, child-friendly restaurants etc etc.

Of course if the sun shines, we just need beach suggestions!!


tassis Wed 17-May-06 16:07:33


schneebly Wed 17-May-06 16:09:59

There is a nice swimming pool in Inverness and right next to a good play park which has a duck pond - Also there is a wildlife park on the black Isle but never been. HTH

nailpolish Wed 17-May-06 16:13:58

st andrews has a sea life centre

and on a good day go to st andrews beach (one of the nicest beaches ive ever been to)

near Cupar (not far from st andrews) there is a great place called cairnie fruit farm

there is also Craigton Park (great family day out park, lots of things to do but you need a good weather day)

scottish deer centre

for indoor stuff there isnt really a lot (the sea life centre is ok for a rainy day)

thats all i can think of at the moment! (i dont know whats on around inverness sorry)

nailpolish Wed 17-May-06 16:16:41

half an hr up the road is dundee which has a nice small zoo at Camperdown Park

there is a brilliant swimming pool (olympia pool)

and there is the sensation

Blandmum Wed 17-May-06 16:17:08

There is a nice swimming pool in St Andrews. make sure you buy ice creams in Janettas, and you must buy a fudge doughnut in Fisher and Donalsons. It is worth a nice wander round the ruined cathdral and then down to the beach. There is a nice park opposite the botanical guardens (can't get there directly , there is a stream in the way.

Pruni Wed 17-May-06 16:33:00

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nailpolish Wed 17-May-06 16:35:15

oh tentsmuir is fab

hey pruni what was the name of that little bakers shop tearoom place inverness

i remember going there while on girl guide camp WITHOUT the leaders (we were so grown up)

Pruni Wed 17-May-06 16:36:43

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Pruni Wed 17-May-06 16:37:13

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bogwobbit Wed 17-May-06 16:37:13

If you go to Cairnie Fruit Farm, you must visit the maze - went last year and it was brilliant.

nailpolish Wed 17-May-06 16:37:40

hmm i cant remember

it was on a narrow st

had a old fashioned window, lots of little panes

had a counter for takeaway and a sitty-down bit

Pruni Wed 17-May-06 16:40:04

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nailpolish Wed 17-May-06 16:42:29

its probably a starbucks now

tassis Wed 17-May-06 19:12:31

Thanks girls, some good ideas.

Deer Centre looks fab, NP. Think we'll be fine for stuff to do in St As. COuld do with some more Inverness ideas maybe.

Looks like the maze at cairnie doesn't open until July (we go in about 10 days), but we'll remember that for a day trip inthe summer holidays. Looks great.

Pruni, both dh and I grew up with Inverness as our nearest shopping town so know Eastgates from of old and had totally forgotten Chelsea Girl! Mind you, everytime we go we're amazed at how good the shops are now!!

So any more Inverness ideas??

tassis Wed 17-May-06 20:13:23

bumping for Inverness ideas...

tassis Thu 18-May-06 13:40:56


bogwobbit Thu 18-May-06 16:56:16

I found \link{ site} which you might find useful. There seem to be quite a few things to do in or near(ish) to Inverness. I'm afraid I don't have any personal experience of any of them though.

bogwobbit Thu 18-May-06 16:56:41

Now why didn't that link work?

bogwobbit Thu 18-May-06 16:57:22

try this

tassis Thu 18-May-06 20:25:27

thanks bogwoppit, that's a great site and some really good ideas.

I'd forgotten how near Aviemore is too, so that'll be a day trip.

saltire Fri 19-May-06 17:50:39

Everyone else seems to have covered St Andrews. If all else fails, stand on the beach and watch the jets!

saltire Fri 19-May-06 17:52:50

Actually, Inverness isn't that far from Loch Ness, which could be worth a look, although your 3yo might be a bit too young for Nessie! Nairn, Hopeman and Lossiemouth aren't too far from Inverness and have great beaches, and again, at Lossie there's jets!

Pruni Fri 19-May-06 17:53:05

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CMac Fri 19-May-06 18:14:49

Inverness itself - Aquadome for swimming. The only soft play is a small bit of Brewsters restaurant (Brewers Fayre type place). It's free to play - you just have to have a coffee or sthing. A bit further out there's bigger soft play places in Coylumbridge (Aviemore) and near Brodie on the Aberdeen Road (Bumbles). There's also a Ceramic Experience at Cawdor which has a soft play bit I believe, though haven't been...
There are a couple of good parks (Whin park near the aquadome is the biggest and has a pond that you can hire boats on etc).

Aviemore and surrounds are good - The Landmark Centre in Carrbridge is excellent and there's also the Highland Wildlife Park. You could go up the funicular railway to the top of the Cairngorms which kids might like depending on their ages.

Nairn only 25 mins away and the beach is fab - East beach also has a nice wee play park. Findhorn beach also good if weather nice.

Dolphin watching boat trips (or drive to Fortose point and watch them from the car park there for free if you're lucky!). There are also boat trips (jacobite Queen) which go down Loch Ness as far as Urquhart Castle and back - could do some Nessie spotting!

Black Isle Wildlife Park not bad - esp for young kids.

Places to eat in Inverness - there's Brewsters which is fairly standard Brewers Fayre type food but not bad (and soft play keeps the kids happy). Pizza Express, Debenhams restaurant (has a kiddie corner) and the Filling Station are all close to the Eastgate. A few of the 'nicer' restaurants do early evening specials which are really good value and i imagine would be a bit more child friendly than later on (Mustard Seed, Rocpool, Riva). Will keep thinking!!

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