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August: 10 Days in Scotland with Kids - Where to Begin???

August: 10 Days in Scotland with Kids - Where to Begin???

Jan 31st, 2007, 11:32 PM
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If you don't HAVE to be in Edinburgh in August then I wouldn't recommend it - it's extremely crowded with several festivals & the Tattoo on, prices are high and some hotels even insist that you book a minimum number of nights.

If you just want to visit for the day find somewhere on the Fife side of the Firth and take the train in.
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Feb 2nd, 2007, 04:04 AM
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Right at the top I mention Orkneys. It is a very far away place. It has 5000 year tombs that you get into by unbolting the cover (cover on to keep the animals out not vandels) I rented in Kirkwall but I suggest you surf a few first and then ask us which ones we like
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Feb 2nd, 2007, 01:30 PM
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Orkney is fantastic, but it's not really "teen".

if you tell me what a teen "must do" is, I'll tell you where in Scotland seems to me to fit the bill.
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Feb 2nd, 2007, 02:37 PM
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We used to have family in Grampian, in one of the small towns (Cullen) along the Moray Firth and greatly enjoyed visits to the area with our kids.

There are scenic walks along the coastal cliffs and in the hills, ruined castles, old churches, peaceful old towns, exciting (even scary) overflights of jets from an airbase a few towns over, the Whiskey Trail in Speyside, etc., nice simple meals and good local foods for purchase if you are self-catering. There are a lot of cottages for rent through the coastal towns, and its likely that you can arrange babysitting (this was always a must for us when we travelled with small children).

I think you will find similarly attractive dry conditions along much of the northeastern scottish coast and that its a lovely place for a lowkey summer vacation. Dont expect to be able to swim though - the kids will go in because they are crazy, but the water is just too cold.
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Feb 3rd, 2007, 02:03 PM
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I often feel that I am the only person on this site that pushes the Isle of Arran, but here I go again. It would be ideal for you. You catch the train from Glasgow Central station to Ardrossan, walk 50 yards to the boat and take the 55 minute ferry ride to Brodick. There you will find an excellent beach, great walks of any length you wish, numerous hotels and bed and breakfast establishments, pony trecking, putting greens, bus tours and fishing. The perfect holiday. Arran is often called "Scotland in miniature". If you go to the "search this forum" box and type in Arran, you will find more information there. The thing that makes a Scottish holiday is the weather and it is never predictable. However, the midge population is almost non-existent there. I would highly recmmend it as a place to go for 5 days.
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Feb 3rd, 2007, 02:31 PM
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I've pushed Arran before - all of Scotland in one east bite
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