If you’ve ever considered a family holiday in Scotland but you’re not too sure where to stay, then I have some information that will help you to make that decision.
The Isle of Glencoe is beautiful part of the world to stay and is the prefect location to take part in a variety of outdoor activities that the whole family can enjoy.
What activities can I do in the Isles of Glencoe?
It might be easier to ask ‘What can’t I do in the Isles of Glencoe?’ as there is so much to do. Here’s just a few ideas of family activities in Glencoe to get you started…
What better way to explore all of the wonderful scenery that the area has to offer than by riding on a segway. The experience will create some brilliant long lasting memories, I’m sure.
Seaxplorer Fast Boat Trips
Oh and while we’re on the subject of adrenaline rushes – you can also go on fast boat tours (which sounds right up my street!) You’ll get to check out the local wildlife and fab coastal scenery – all whilst taking in the commentary from your dedicated Skipper!
The Jacobite Journey AKA The Hogwarts Express!
Harry Potter fans will love what is often described as the ‘The best railway journeys in world‘. The Jacobite steam train will take you on a 84 mile round trip around some of the most scenic places in the country, including Ben Nevis, The River Morar and Loch Nevis. Many scenes from the Harry Potter movies were filmed in those very locations. See how many your mini movie buffs can spot along the way!
The Scottish Sealife Sanctuary
Sharks, sea lions and sea horses – oh my! There’s lots to explore with your little ones at the sealife sanctuary including 50 marine displays, a nature tail, adventure play area AND it boasts ‘the best views of Loch Creran’. Definitely worth a visit, me thinks!
and that’s just for starters….
So you see, this is merely just a sample as to what Glencoe has to offer in terms of activities for families. There are many, many more. The best way to find out what they are? Make your next family holiday a trip to the Glencoe Isles – you won’t be disappointed!
Where should I stay?
If you are looking for the perfect family-orientated hotel then you must check out The Isle of Glencoe Hotel. The hotel is located right on the Loch Leven peninsula and is surrounded by beautiful natural landscape – you certainly won’t be short of stunning mountain views!
Not only is it situated in a gorgeous location but it also has:
- It’s own restaurant serving a delicious selection of Scottish cuisine.
- A pool and sauna open every day 7am – 10pm (with a two hour evening slot for adults only – LOVE that!)
- It also has it’s very own adventure centre where you can do even more family activities including: Sea Kayaking, Stand Up Paddle Boarding (I have wanted to try that for so long!) and sit on top kayaking (my personal favourite watersport).
In terms of accommodation itself you can choose from a standard room – which is an ensuite bedroom with double bed, bath with shower, free WiFi as well as tea and coffee making facilities.
Or you can choose to stay in a feature room which is more spacious and suited to bigger families. You can pick a room with lochside views too. Pretty awesome, huh?
Oh and guess what? If you book your stay direct through the website you’ll also get a free Full Scottish Breakfast (nom!) and free access to the leisure pool and sauna (where you can work off said breakfast!)
I love dog-friendly hotels and it’s good to know that The Isle of Glencoe hotel shares my ethos that dogs ‘should go on holiday too’. Dogs are welcome in all communal areas of the hotel except for the bar and restaurant and can also sleep in your room with you. (I’ve just seen Heidi’s ears prick up!) It’s just £10 extra per dog per night.
So what are your waiting for? Head over to their website to find out more.