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Take the children on one of these amazing days out this summer.

The LHH Guide To Family Self Catering Holidays

Are you looking forward to holidays with the family in Scotland? Check out these educational and exciting ideas for the best days out this summer that will appeal to all ages.

Landmark Forest Adventure Park | Carrbridge

Landmark Forest Adventure Park is one of the top-rated theme parks in the country and has been one of the most loved attractions in the Cairngorms National Park for almost 50 years. With 3 water coasters, the dinosaur kingdom, butterfly house, skydive and tree top trail there is almost too much to see in just one visit.

Clach Mhor is nestled in the woods just a short drive from here. It sleeps 7 but has a separate annex if some members of an extended family want a little more privacy. Two dogs are also welcome in this luxurious retreat, which is ideal for accessing the great outdoors. From the comfort of the specially constructed outdoor seating area, you can often spot badgers, foxes, deer and pine martens. For animal lovers, the Highland Wildlife Park is only a short drive south, where you can see exotic species up close.

Ride Horses On Scottish Beach

If you have ever dreamed of riding on a remote, empty, sandy beach with only the sound of the sea and its wildlife about you, then Uist Community Riding School can make that happen. The school is based in Benbecula just 5 minutes from the beach and has a wide range of horses suitable for all ages and levels of experience so the whole family to participate in this magical journey. All the rides are accompanied by experienced guides to help you get the most out of the experience.

Sea Breeze is a newly refurbished cottage in a lovely private loch side location just a short drive from Benbecula. It sleeps 8 in comfort and being centrally located is ideal for accessing shops and restaurants and for touring both north and south Uist. There are loads of outdoor activities you can do from the doorstep, such as biking on scenic and quiet roads and paddleboarding from the shoreline below the house.

Go Wild In Scotland!

Kids love animals and one of the best places for them to get up close and learn some more about them is Blair Drummond Safari Park. Lions, tigers, giraffes and rhinos are all resident here, and you can see them either on a drive-through safari or on foot. There is also a massive adventure play park, sea lion displays, a chimp island to visit and a food court for refreshments. If you would rather cook your own, there are free barbecues provided.

Gaidrew Cottage is half an hour’s drive from here in Queen Elizabeth Forest Park on the edge of the Campsie hills. It’s an outdoors lover’s paradise here, being so close to loch Lomond as well as the West Highland Way. Peace and tranquillity are the bywords of a stay here, it’s where you come to relax and unwind and there are even two sitting rooms here, so the grown-ups can get a bit of time alone while the smaller ones catch up on cartoons.

Scottish Sea Life Centre

Sea Life Loch Lomond is a particularly good choice for a day out when the skies are grey. Located by the shores of Loch Lomond, it’s very much an educational hands-on experience as well as being loads of fun. There are 7 themed zones with over 15,000 creatures to see. Come face to face with blacktip sharks and rays, stroke a starfish and meet the resident family of otters. For a special treat, Sharks after Dark is a private nighttime tour where you can have the aquarium to yourself.

For kids that love the water, then The Old Farmhouse is just the place. It is located on a farm on the southern shores of Loch Lomond with amazing views over the mountains. Kayaks and paddle boards are available to rent, and you can arrange boat tours to some remote islands. You can also get a boat to drop you off for dinner in one of the many loch side restaurants or visit the numerous scenic wild swimming spots.