Keep the kids entertained with child friendly holidays in Scotland

Lochs and mountains might seem breathtaking to parents, but children are a tougher audience. Add some wildlife, castles, steam trains and plenty of fun, and child friendly holidays in Scotland get a little easier.

They'll recognise Glenfinnan viaduct instantly from the Harry Potter films, especially if one of the seasonal Jacobite steam trains is wending its way across the glen at the time. The whole area will delight kids, with rides on the steam train, boat cruises and the visitor centre to fill up the days.

Their highlight may be a stay in the Glenfinnan Sleeping Cars at the railway station (www.glenfinnanstationmuseum.co.uk). The old carriages have been converted into snug sleeping compartments, with a kitchen area for cheap self-catering breaks that will particularly appeal to children. Rates are £15 per person per night, or £10 for under-12s.

The Loch Ness Monster continues to excite children's imagination. There is a wealth of self-catering accommodation by the loch (www.lochnesswelcome.co.uk) with cottages and cabins to suit families of all sizes.  Head for the Loch Ness Exhibition Centre where they tell the exciting tale of the monster's history, with lasers, digital projection and special effects. Family tickets for 2 adults and 2 children are £19.50.

For more reliable sightings of fierce creatures, Blair Drummond Safari Park (www.blairdrummond.com) near Stirling will be a guaranteed hit with the kids. Lions, tigers, bears, elephants, giraffes, zebras, rhinos and many more are on display.

In addition to the wildlife, the park offers boat trips, the Astraglide slide, a sea lion show and endless adventure attrractions to keep the kids busy. Tickets prices are adults £12.50 and children £9.50, great value if you spend the whole day at the park, and make it the highlight of your child friendly holidays in Scotland.


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