Family Holidays in Scotland
Some say Scotland is the New Zealand of the UK. Ok, we’ve never actually heard anyone say that, but they should. There are mountains, lakes, adrenaline and plenty of space – although slightly less space than in New Zealand. It’s a great off-the-beaten-track destination for restless teens and fearless kids. Just make sure you’ve got the right kit, as it gets cold.
There’s canoeing and kayaking on the lochs and white water rafting. Head toRiverLochy or Oich, which finishes in Loch Ness, for scenic river safaris (from £40pp) suitable for children as young as five.
Go Ape! is a reliable old friend, families love itand there are several sites in Scotland, including Aberfoyle. Navigate rope swings, sway across bridges and make your way around tree-top assault courses.
Landmark Forest Adventure Park in Carrbridge is a similar set up with a touch of mystery thrown in. It has a Labyrinth, Wonder Wood, Bamboozeleum (distorting mirrors, infinity rooms, holograms and special effects), Tarzan Trail, Wild Water Coaster and SkyDive (two climbing masts which rise from the forest floor to approximately 50ft up in the pine canopy. Using special Powerfan descenders – similar to those used by Hollywood stuntmen – the high-tech rigs guarantee a safe and smooth return to earth.)
You don’t have to leave the cities to get your thrills, the capital is home to Edinburgh International Climbing Arena, which is the largest of its kind in Europe and along with climbing has archery, abseiling and special taster sessions for children (from four years old).
Mountain biking in Glentress Forest near Peebles is not to be missed if two-wheeling is your thing and Peebles is a great spot for families, with another Go Ape! and heaps of family-friendly activities at Peebles Hydro Hotel and Spa.