I'm bringing my family to Britain in February next year, that's us parents and two children who'll be 7 and almost 4. None of us have been to Scotland before so we'd like to try to get a reasonable glimpse but can probably only spare a week as there are tonnes of rellies to visit in other places. We're open to all modes of transport but we're not really sure if car hire/self-drive would offer us any more than the trains in winter. I have visions of half of the country being out of bounds in winter!
We'll be leaving the north Queensland summer for Scotland so it's fair to say we don't have much in the way of warm clothing even. We'll rectify that with charity shops on arrival I think. A half-Scottish friend assures me waterproofs are essential. Is there a cheap way to do that rather than buying the best that will never get used again?
So, where do we go and how do we get there? We don't really need to find children's attractions as they've got family to amuse them for the other two weeks. We really want a scenic glimpse of Scotland, we want SCOTLAND, not stuff that you can find anywhere else (science museums, theme parks yadda yadda). I'm starting to think we should spend time in a couple of places rather than try to travel everything. I know someone in the south west who I'd kinda like to drop in on, which apparently begs a visit to the Isle of Arran.
Any suggestions at all? We'll probably be coming from York and haven't decided on trains or car from there. Unsure which is cheapest or easiest. Thanks in advance.