Five days in Scotland

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lisalisa Mon 28-Mar-16 23:21:50

We are thinking of taking the family to Scotland for 5 days starting April 22 when kids have school hols. Wondering what area to aim for and what there is to do. Quite like the idea of wildlife safaris and some gentle walking - I'm rather overweight so no mountain climbing - unusual landscapes, Loch Ness if poss . Not sure beyond that really where to base ourselves but plan is to train up from London them maybe hire a car. Any ideas / pointers pls? So far I've learnt that the midges around Loch Lomond are terrible and that's about it !

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lisalisa Tue 29-Mar-16 17:50:52


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maldivemoment Tue 29-Mar-16 19:51:28

How old are the children & how many in your party? What does a 'usual' holiday look like for you? Do you want to base yourself somewhere and take day trips each day or would you be happy staying somewhere different each night?

The choice up here is endless but, yes, the midges are f*cking fierce!

HirplesWithHaggis Tue 29-Mar-16 19:55:35

Midges aren't that bad in April, which is likely to be breezy enough to keep them grounded.

The Highland Wildlife Park at Kingussie (pronounced Kin-you-see) is highly recommended by friends in the area.

lisalisa Tue 29-Mar-16 20:03:38

Hi Maldivemoment - yes to Bandung ourselves in one place and day trips. We are reasonably active but no mountains. We are a centerparcs type family and also enjoy adventurous things too ( well the kids do - I'm a bit overweight to join them right now)! So on our last holiday they went coasteering, had a surfing course and we did some crabbing together and general pier side fun. 6 kids aged 5, 10, 14, 16 and 19 plus me and dh.

Hireples thanks that sounds nice

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MashesToPashes Tue 29-Mar-16 20:11:08

Big hike to Loch Ness but it's hard to beat Dumfries and Galloway. The terrain is softer, so easier walks are available. I'll dig up some links for you (am slightly evangelical).

MashesToPashes Tue 29-Mar-16 20:22:11

My favorite place in the world, the Orchardton Tower

Dundrennan Abbey, fascinating grave stones

Big Water of Fleet Viaduct, nice walks and paddle worthy burn if it's warm enough.


Cardoness Castle, bit of a trek up the mound and to the top, but lovely view when you get there

[[ Galloway smoke house for delicious stuff.

And there is so much more.

FloraFox Tue 29-Mar-16 20:29:38

Glencoe is a great place. Lots to do there and a good base for sightseeing.

YouMakeMyDreams Tue 29-Mar-16 20:41:34

Loch Insh, Loch Morlich and around aviemore may suit you. Lots of adventure type things for every ability and age. Driving distance to Inverness and Loch Ness.

rapunzel Tue 29-Mar-16 20:51:35

Aviemore area or Dumfries sound like they could be what you are looking for. Aviemore has lots of outdoor adventure/wildlife parks within a reasonable distance, as well as the Cairngorm mountain railway, good biking trails and Loch Ness is not too far away.
Dumfries area has Galloway ice cream factory and farm park, and a chocolate factory that the younger 2 would love, Mabie farm park is fab lagaan outdoor centre and Galloway adventure centre are fantastic for outdoor stuff.

SenecaFalls Tue 29-Mar-16 20:54:47

The Highland Folk Museum in Newtonmore

Elllicam Tue 29-Mar-16 20:58:10

Around Aviemore and strathspey is lovely. There are lots of walks, you can go up the funicular railway, landmark is good for the kids and the highland wildlife park and the highland folk museum are great. The folk museum is especially good, it has actors in the black houses who stay in character and chase hens around and spin.

Elllicam Tue 29-Mar-16 20:58:34

Cross post Seneca smile

hilbil21 Tue 29-Mar-16 20:58:34

Blair Drummond safari park if you are going to be near the Loch Lomond area - it's not far from there X

georgedawes Tue 29-Mar-16 21:00:32

I'd go to skye, so much to do for children and adults. My favourite place in the world.

lisalisa Tue 29-Mar-16 21:18:01

Wow thanks everyone. Georgedaws - I am being drawn to Skye as my lovely daddy who died a few years ago ( still painful to type that) used to sing to me as a bedtime lullaby that song "speed Bonny bay " which mentions Skye. Always wanted to go there. Isn't it very far away though ?

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nc060 Tue 29-Mar-16 21:23:25

Aviemore would be a perfect location! Less than an hour to Loch Ness, highland wildlife park nearby, Cairngorms on hamd(there is a train up the mountain) so plenty of walks to do, strathspey steam train. I could go on, love that area!

georgedawes Tue 29-Mar-16 21:24:46

It is quite far I agree! But if you get the sleeper to Fort William it's not that far from there by car. I adore the place, been many times but still not done all the things I'd like to! You could even get the jacobite train to Mallaig and then the ferry to skye. (Goes across the Harry Potter viaduct!). But you would need to book car hire for Skye, very hard to do it without it.

HarrietSchulenberg Tue 29-Mar-16 21:35:54

I'm with Mashes in being evangelical about Dumfries and Galloway, especially the coast around Portpatrick and Galloway Forest Park.

HirplesWithHaggis Tue 29-Mar-16 21:41:54 Fond memories, OP? grin

If you're going to Skye, and your hire vehicle isn't too huge, take the ferry from Glenelg. It's an experience.

SenecaFalls Tue 29-Mar-16 21:43:44

Skye is lovely but if I were going to an island and only had 5 days, I would go to Mull. Just as lovely and more manageable for a shorter visit.

notcoolintheslightest Tue 29-Mar-16 21:43:53


I stay in the highlands about 45 minutes drive to Aviemore. It's really got it all.
The cairngorm mountain range is worth a visit. you can take the funicular railway to the top ( so no walking involved 😊) there is a wee restaurant at the top of the mountain
Loch Morlich is worth a visit

Aviemore has lots of different outdoor activities to keep the kids entertained

The Highland wildlife park is close by to Aviemore. Part is walk around the other part you drive round .

There is the fantastic landmark adventure park which is close to Aviemore too.

Highland folk museum is great and free.

There is a train station in Aviemore and Inverness train station is further north.

Loch Ness is stunning on a beautiful day and from there you can take the stunning road to Skye. If you don't mind driving it's about 3 hrs from Inverness.

georgedawes Tue 29-Mar-16 21:46:14

Got to agree about the Glenelg ferry haggis! Best way to get to skye, just the drive to the ferry is incredible! Please can I come op! I will be your tour guide smile

lisalisa Tue 29-Mar-16 21:48:06

Wow thank you all so much - going to explore all this in depth. Seems like I need two weeks though to properly do it all justice not 5 days. Re the midges - are they only in one particular area or everywhere that there's water ? Hirples - going to open that link when my teens have left my room . Is it " that " song ?

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originalmavis Tue 29-Mar-16 21:49:43

You have to see the Falkirk wheel. It's bloody amazing (but I'm an engineering bore).

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