Scotland’s beauty is hardly a secret, but it can still come as a surprise to discover just how stunning the SCOTTISH HIGHLANDS can be.
From great glens and towering bens to glassy lochs and rugged shores, this is an excitingly wild landscape that, for both children and adults alike, provides the ultimate in outdoor adventure. On our first big trip north of the border, we hired a motorhome – a novelty in itself for most kids – and followed a circuit that took in the best of the Highlands, from Loch Lomond to Loch Ness and out into the northern reaches of the Isle of Skye.
En route, we made the most of the epic scenery, rowing a clinker boat across the Highland Boundary Fault, gliding over the Nevis Range in a bubble car and camping beneath the Cuillin Mountains. On one day, the children saw the Hogwarts Express cross the viaduct at Glenfinnan; on another, they spotted otters playing in the narrows at Kyle Rhea.
The weather can be temperamental and the midges are a scourge in summer. But come at the right time – the May half term can be a fantastic time to visit – and you’ll wonder why you’ve never been before. The Highlands are vast and the travelling can be slow, though, so you need to pick your route with care. In just one week on the road, our ultimate family itinerary to Scotland will see you exploring iconic castles, hiking grassy glens, hunting for mythical monsters and wild swimming on Skye. It’s a road-trip that really puts the “great” in “the great outdoors”.
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