Edinburgh Castle

3 things you must see when visiting Scotland

Scotland is a great place to visit for the whole family. Whether you love history, outdoor activities or getting back to nature, you will find something that everyone will love.

The Jacobite West Highland Railway

Having been voted one of the most scenic railway lines in the world, the west Highland railway is a must see for any visitor to the Scottish Highlands. The Jacobite steam locomotive runs between Fort William and Mallaig during the summer period and it promises some of the best views in the UK.

The 41 mile journey takes just over 2 hours and passes by Lock Eil and the beautiful Glenfinnan Viaduct. You may recognise the steam train and the route as it was used in the Harry Potter films as the Hogwarts Express.

Edinburgh Castle

Set high on a volcanic rock, Edinburgh Castle overlooks the Scottish Capital and is a great attraction for the whole family to visit. The castle was royal residence since the 12th Century right up until 1700’s when it became a busy military base.

Having been at the heart of many great battles, the castle is riddled with history and intrigues that will keep the kids entertained for hours.

They operate a range of edinburgh tours, including an ultra-modern 3D flyover tour and costume days that will really take you back in time. You could also make a stop off at the world famous Edinburgh Zoo and the Lyceum Theatre.

Isle of Skye

Skye was recently voted the 4th best island in the world by National Geographic and it is not hard to see why. The isle is linked to the mainland by a bridge and is famous for its natural beauty, outstanding wildlife and rich heritage.

You could visit Dunvegan Castle, the ancestral home of the chiefs of clan MacLeod or the Clan Donald visitor centre which contains the museum of the isles. There are also some fantastic outdoor activities on offer at the Clan Donald visitor centre which range from quad biking, shooting and even tomahawk throwing!

These are just 3 out of a whole host of other castles, gardens, trails, isles and lochs. Other notable attractions include the Falkirk Wheel, Stirling Castle, Loch Ness and Ben Nevis.

There are many hotels, bed & breakfasts and self-catering cottages available in Scotland that are family friendly. One thing that you can be sure of in Scotland is a warm welcome!