Best Holidays for kids in summer 2019
There is no better place to have your family holidays than the lovely villages in the Cairngorm National Park.
About me – I was born here and have never had much inclination to live anywhere else. My kids ages range from 19 to 2 years old, so I have been pushing buggies around Loch an Eilean and eating fries at local softplay for quite some time. I am lucky enough to have a son and three daughters.
So right at the top of the list are the things that are FREE!
They say that the best things in life are free and round here, they are right.
- Take a trip to the Highland Folk Park in Newtonmore. Entry is subsidised by the local council. Now adults, especially the mummies will be delighted to know that Jamie and Claire have graced the stage before them as this was used at a set for OUTLANDER. Go back in time here, visit the old sweetie shop and buy something sweet, get a bit of a row from the very strict schoolmaster in the old school, and immerse your self in this fantastic village from the past. If you do want to spend money here, a lovely tea room and shop will serve up some delights.
- THE BEACH. Yes we have a freshwater beach with very chilled water straight from the Cairngorm mountains. The sand is grainy, the water cold, but you will never be on such a beautiful beach ever again. If you must spend money here, you can visit the boathouse for food and sailing or visit the Pine Marten Bar for some food served with much love and fun.
- The Frank Bruce sculpture trail will add a bit of art to your stay. A haunting and magical trail with natural sculptures which also have handmade additions. A trip here and a gorge walk in nearby River Feshie will tire you out for the day.
- Climb Craigellachie! The large hill overlooking Aviemore is actually a nature reserve which has 3 different trails for different abilities. Get right to the top for the best views ( and photos for your instagram) . Keep an eye out for wildlife along the way. You can access the route behind the playpark at the MacDonald resort or follow the path by Aviemore Youth Hostel. Aviemore is a friendly place so just ask someone.
Days out that the kids will love
- Your holiday is not complete without a trip to Landmark, in fact make a few trips as it is so much fun. I have been coming here since I was young and the business has grown in fun factor ever since. Take in the magic of the forest while you are there. You can eat here in several cafe’s but you can also bring your own. So if you are keeping costs down, look out your rucksack and pack your own. Dogs on leads are also welcome.
- The Highland Wildlife Park has moved from just supporting native species and you can now get close to Tigers, Polar Bears and very sweet Monkeys. If you have toddlers, they will especially enjoy seeing the animals. You can eat here and the facilities are good. There are park facilities and benches for packed lunches and picnics.
And for the nostalgia lovers
- Take a trip back in time on the Strathspey Steam Railway. Your journey starts in Aviemore and continues on to Boat of Garten and Broom hill station. All the stations have been lovingly restored and retain their period charm. As there are several return options, why not take a tour of Boat of Garten and grab a sunny spot for lunch. The Post Office, Andersons and The Boat Hotel all serve delicious snacks and meals.
- Remember when you used to go fishing ? well you can impress your kids with an almost guaranteed catch at The Rothiuemurchus Fish Farm. A thoroughly enjoyable day out and you might even see a few Osprey circling for an easy catch too.
- Go back in time and explore Ruthven Barracks in Kingussie – built to crush the Jacobean Rebellion forever! You may get up close with some
Highland appreciating the beauty of their surroundings.