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Scotland for the school holidays

You couldn't pick a better place to head off to than Scotland for the school holidays. There's always lots to see and do for both the newly liberated kids and their parents. With a wide range of places to visit from castles to zoos to science centres combined with a whole heap of activities from horse-riding to cycling to paint balling, in Scotland the school holidays will just fly by!

The ultimate portal for family friendly ideas in Scotland is VisitScotlands family page, which can be found at http://www.visitscotland.com/guide/see-and-do/families/. VisitScotland should be your first stop if you're planning a trip up to Scotland for the school holidays. It offers everything you need to know in order to plan your trip, from ideas for things to do to where you can book your accommodation.

But if there was one activity in Scotland that we could recommend above all the others for the school holidays it'd have to be the Jocobite train ride. This 84 mile long ride from Fort William to Mallaig not only passes some of Scotland most impressive scenery, including Ben Nevis, but it was also used as the train to Hogwarts in the Harry Potter films. Scenes from the movie both featured the train and the surrounding scenery of the train route but also were filmed inside the train itself. If your kids have been stuck down by 'Pottermania', this train ride is a must on your trip in Scotland for the school holidays. More details can be found at http://www.westcoastrailways.co.uk/jacobite/Jacobite_Details.html and the average ticket price is £31 per person and £16 for children under 16.

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