FAMILY ADVENTURE IN THE SCOTTISH HIGHLANDS

Regions

Highlands, Center

Starting Point

Glasgow, Aberdeen, Edinburgh

Best time to travel

all year

Recommended Length

6 - 8 days

Minimum Age*

from 6 years

Activity Level **

4/5

The misty Scottish highlands set the perfect stage for an exciting family adventure. Spend the days hiking in the breath-taking scenery, canoe through the idyllic landscape along the Caledonian Canal and enjoy the panoramic views on the coast on a kayaking adventure. Enjoy a ride on the iconic Harry Potter steam train and take in the beautiful landscape as you travel between Fort William and Mallaig. Finally, a treasure hunt will take you around the Cairngorms National Park by foot and bike.

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TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

✓ explore the beautiful scenery of the western Highlands and the Cairngorms National Park
✓ enjoy an unforgettable ride on the historic Harry Potter movies steam train
✓ family sea kayaking off the western coastline
✓ combined canoeing and cycling tour along the Caledonian Canal
✓ hiking and mountain biking adventures in Cairngorms National Park
✓ fun-filled geo-caching treasure hunt in Cairngorms National Park

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TOUR OVERVIEW

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Day 1 - arrival - overnight in Fort William
Day 2 - travel on the Jacobite steam train - overnight in Fort William
Day 3 - sea kayaking on the Loch nan Ceall - overnight in Fort William (80km)
Day 4 - canoeing and mountain biking in the Great Glen - overnight in Fort William (90km)
Day 5 - mountain biking in the Cairngorms National Park - overnight in the Cairngorms National Park area (200km)
Day 6 - geocaching and hiking in the Cairngorms National Park - overnight in the Cairngorms National Park (50km)
Day 7 - departure

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DETAILED ITINERARY

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DAY 1 - WELCOME TO SCOTLAND
Pick up your car from the airport and make your way to Fort William. You have the rest of the day free to spend in Fort William.
Overnight in Fort William.

DAY 2 – A RIDE ON THE JACOBITE STEAM TRAIN
A truly fantastic experience awaits you in the morning, put on your robes and board the legendary Jacobite Steam Train that famously starred in the Harry Potter movies. This great railway journey will take you through the beautiful scenery of Scotland's western highlands, including Britain’s most westerly railway station Arisaig, the famous Glenfinnan viaduct and the deep Lochs of Morar and Nevis. The train stops in Mallaig for 1,5 hrs for you to enjoy the charming seaside village before returning to Fort William.
Overnight in Fort William.

DAY 3 - SEA KAYAKING ON THE WESTERN SHORES
Make your way to the Sound of Arisaig in the morning, where you will take to the waters and get to test your sea kayaking skills. The Loch nan Ceall on Scotland's west coast with it's calm waters is perfect for kayaking and the many tiny islands in the bay are waiting to be explored. With a bit of luck you might meet one of the many marine inhabitants, including seals, otters and sometimes even dolphins.
Overnight in Fort William.

DAY 4 - CANOEING AND MOUNTAIN-BIKING IN THE GREAT GLEN
A day full of activity lays ahead of you. Enjoy a fun canoeing trip in the morning on Scotland's Great Glen, following the Great Caledonian Route from Fort William to Inverness, and take in the fabulous views on the beautiful highlands scenery while gently floating along the calm waters of the canal. You will leave the canoes behind after lunchtime and make your way to Fort William on a leisurely bike ride along the canal's tow-path, offering you panoramic view of the Ben Nevis mountain overlooking Fort William.
Overnight Fort William.

DAY 5 - MOUNTAIN-BIKING IN CAIRNGORMS NATIONAL PARK
Leave Fort William behind and make your way to the Cairngorms National Park. Visit a Scottish Whisky Distillery or try one of the many walking opportunities en route. Explore Cairngorms National Park on a guided mountain-biking tour through ancient Caledonian pine forests at Rothiemurchus Estate, a great place for wildlife spotting, and you might encounter some deer, ospreys or golden eagles on your trip.
Overnight in the Cairngorms area.

DAY 6 - GEOCACHING AND HIKING IN CAIRNGORMS NATIONAL PARK
A fun-filled family adventure is awaiting you today as you will embark on a geo-caching treasure hunt through the Cairngorms National Park. After gathering different clues along the route and using some basic navigation skills, you will venture off into the National Park today to find a hidden treasure! Enjoy the rest of the day to explore more of Cairngorms National Park in the heart for Scotland.
Overnight in the Cairngorms area.

DAY 7 - DEPARTURE
Transfer to the airport and departure.

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SERVICES INCLUDED

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- accommodation in family friendly hotels with leisure facilities
- private car hire for the entire trip
- activities, visits and tours as outlined with a certified, English speaking guide where desired/required
- all taxes and insurances for the activities
- expert travel planning, trip preparation and 24/7 on-tour support

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When to travel
Scotland can be visited all year round and every season comes with its own special appeal. Spring is arguably often mentioned as the best time to visit. While temperatures get milder and average between 6 and 15 degrees Celsius, you might still encounter snow in the mountains of the Highlands and Cairngorms. The Scottish summer runs from June to August and those months are the warmest of the year with extensive daylight hours in July and August. The further you go north, the longer the days will be.
While spring and summer are the busiest months for visitors coming to Scotland, late October and early November welcomes visitors with colorful foliage in the forests and landscapes. Some of the sites already close down by the end of October though. Snowy conditions between December and February are quite common and can make traveling a little bit difficult in certain areas, though you will be rewarded with spectacular winter sceneries and cozy evenings by the log fire.

How to travel
Scotland has five international airports, which are spread out across the regions. Edinburgh and Glasgow Intl would be the busiest airports offering the widest connections, but it is also possible to fly into Glasgow Prestwick, Aberdeen and Inverness. Apart from Prestwick, which is located around 50km from Glasgow City, the Scottish airports quickly connect to the centers. There are direct connections from a number of international destinations in North America and Europe and there are also excellent connections from London into all airports.
Traveling to or through Scotland by train can be a wonderful experience and the frequent InterCity services connect Scotland to many mainline stations across England. On most trains, the journey from London to Edinburgh is just over four hours or 5,5 hours to Glasgow.
If traveling from Ireland, there are regular ferry connections between Belfast and Stranraer
Further, there are good motorway connections from Scotland to England and Wales. Traveling to England from mainland Europe by car would take you to Hull or Newcastle by ferry from Zeebrugge or Amsterdam.

Travelling with children
Scotland is a child friendly country and easy to travel with kids. Once in Scotland, distances are never far, though the speed of traveling depends on the location as you might move much slower on a remote Highlands route than on an intercity motorway link between Edinburgh and Glasgow.
Many hotels cater for kids of any age and family rooms and kids menus are widely available. Scottish pubs officially are allowing access to teenagers over 16 years only unless they hold a special license, though families and children are welcome in pubs that also serve food until a certain time.
Child-friendly attractions are spread out all across the country and kids will love the ancient castles closely connected to the turbulent and sometimes bloody Scottish history. National and nature parks often offer interpretative and interactive walks and many attractions, restaurants, hotels and transport services offer discounts for children.

What to bring
No matter when you travel, keep in mid that the Scottish weather is unpredictable and you can experience rain, wind and sunshine within one hour. So, the main thing to remember should always be a sturdy umbrella, a raincoat, hoodie and some waterproof shoes.
Even though the summer and spring months can be considerably warmer than autumn or winter, you should always come prepared with a few warm jumpers, warm socks and warm underwear for the days spend outside in the wilderness. If you are visiting Edinburgh and/or Glasgow, make sure that you also pack at least one dressier outfit to wear on your nights out. Also, a reusable water bottle, sun glasses and a proper camera are among the essentials for every season.
If you are planning on traveling in autumn or winter, it is advisable also to bring a warm hat, a pair of light gloves and a scarf. A proper warm wind and waterproof jacket will help you stay warm over the cold winter months. On the contrary, if traveling in summer, you might want to come prepared for warmer days with a swimsuit, light summer clothes, a sun hat and some sunscreen.
You will notice that you are more exposed to the elements when visiting the Highlands, Shetlands, Orkneys or Hebrides. Phone reception can be poor, so it can be useful to bring a real map for orientation and also an extra battery pack for your phone. A small waterproof backpack to fill with snacks when heading out for the day should be on your packing list as well as a pair of proper waterproof hiking boots when planning to walk and hike in the beautiful wilderness.

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* The minimum age is based on the overall tour, some activities can require a higher minimum age, this will be advised at proposal stage. While not all activities are suitable for very small children, we are happy to tailor the tour to meet your specific wishes and needs.

**  The activity level is based on the amount of tours and activities included (1 - few tours and activities with a lot of free time, 5 - a lot of tours and activities with little free time). The activity level does not reflect the difficulty of the activities or tours included. Itineraries can be tailored to match the preferred level of activity.

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For more practical travel advise and general information on visiting to Scotland, please visit our Useful Information on Scotland page.

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