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Local tour in Highlands with young children

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Local tour in Highlands with young children

Dear all, Good day.

Would like to know are there any Travelling Agencies which not only provide one-day Highland tour but also accept to carry the little children?

My wife and I have 2 little children, one is 4 years old and the other is 2 years old.

We are planning to go to visit Scotland at the middle of September.

However, when we are looking for the Travelling Agencies which provide one-day Highland tour, it is really frustrating.

A lot of Travelling Agencies provide the one-day Highland tour but all of them do not accept the children under 5 years old.

Even the famous travel agencies "timberbush-tours" and "Rabbie's".

Would like to know if you know there is other travelling agencies which could match our requests?

(one-day tour + accept young children)

Thanks for your great help.

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1. Re: Local tour in Highlands with young children

There are 2 reasons that tours do not accept such young children:1) They do not have the required safety seats on their coaches which children must use and 2). There is a long time sitting on the bus on all of these tours and most very young children do not have the attention to sit still for a long time and be quiet so not to disturb the other travellers.

I suggest you think about taking a day trip by train perhaps to Stirling which has a great castle, or to Pitlochry or Aviemore to get a real view of the Highlands. The advantage of the train is that the little ones can walk around if they need to, use the bathroom if they need to and you can pack a picnic to eat on the train if you wish. Have a look here for the map of train services. scotrail.co.uk/travelinfo/mapsandroutes.html

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2. Re: Local tour in Highlands with young children

A brilliant suggestion by 3nations_family - the train is much better for children for all the reasons mentioned - plus it will be more enjoyable for you, and less stressful. The train journey to Aviemore is about 2.45 (Inverness 3) hours from Edinburgh - do you think that would be too long? - although its quite scenic once out of the central area of Scotland past Perth. The train stops at all or some of these stations - Dunkeld, Pitlochry, Blair Atholl, Dalwhinnie, Newtonmore, Kingussie, Aviemore and finally Inverness so there are plenty options for getting off at a lot of these stops

Dunkeld - nice town with Cathedral and River walks

Pitlochry - bustling tourist town with plenty of shops and salmon leap

Blair Atholl - beautiful castle with lovely gardens

Dalwhinnie - Distillery

Newtonmore - Highland Folk Museum

Kingussie - small, picturesque highland town

Aviemore - Strathspey Steam Railway leaves direct from the town, Reindeer Centre at Glenmore - also beside Loch Morlich (beautiful loch with mountains and beach!) Rothiemurchus Visitor Centre, Glenmore Visitor Centre, Cairngorm Funicular Railway. All of these are on the same road (bus route) so visiting would be fairly easy by public transport.

Final stop Inverness which is the capital of The Highlands - lovely, lively town beside the River Ness - trips to Loch Ness available by boat although with only one day I doubt you would have enough time - you couldn't stretch your trip to an overnight stop could you - then you could enjoy the scenery from the train all the way to Inverness or overnight in one of the other places I mentioned?

www.visitaviemore.co.uk/visitors/index.php…

Regards

Woody x

Edited: 12 July 2011, 21:28
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3. Re: Local tour in Highlands with young children

<<A lot of Travelling Agencies provide the one-day Highland tour but all of them do not accept the children under 5 years old.>>

And you don't think there is a good reason for that?

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4. Re: Local tour in Highlands with young children

Dear 3nations_family , Dear Woody,

Thanks for your great information. Due to the hotel in Edinburgh is already booked and prepaid, it is sad to get an overnight stop in Highland.

We take 3 and half days in Edinburgh. Except 1 and half days short sightseeing in Edinburgh, we plan take 2 days in Highland.

On Day one, thanks for your suggestion we will go to Aviemore / Kingussie / Reindeer Centre at Glenmore you mentioned.

Taking the steps slow and releasing all of us.

On Day two, we plan to visit (1) Stirling (2) Loch Awe and the Kilchurn Castle (3) Loch Lomond

However, some problems when we are on transportation…

For Loch Awe I could found the train station. However, there is no bus to go to Kilchurn Castle.

It is impossible to take children and buggy walking upon A85…

Besides, the trip on this day will be to hurried or not? Especially bring children…

And the bus time is easy to catch or not? Since on internet I only could find there are buses from Edinburgh to each points. However I could not find the connecting buses between each of them.

Thanks a again four your kind and useful suggestion.

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5. Re: Local tour in Highlands with young children

It is 3.5 hours by train each way to Lochawe from Edinburgh as you have to go via Glasgow. That is 7 hours travelling in one day which is a lot for such young children. If you "must see" Lochawe then you will not have time for any other destination. You could probably get a local taxi service to bring you to the Kilchurn castle. Maybe contact them through the local hotelTel: +44 (1389) 713713

Fax: +44 (1389) 713700

E-Mail: LochAweHotel@lochsandglens.com

Stirling is only 1 hour by train and you could easily spend half a day looking around the town and visiting the castle.

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6. Re: Local tour in Highlands with young children

Dear 3nations_family,

Noted. Thanks for your useful information.

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7. Re: Local tour in Highlands with young children

Can I ask why you particularly want to see Loch Awe and Kilchurn Castle? It's worth seeing but I would NOT advise it with young children on public transport.

There are many more accessible places if you are looking for a loch or a castle.

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8. Re: Local tour in Highlands with young children

Indeed Loch an Eilein on Rothiemurchus Estate has a loch with a castle in the middle, though sadly its not accessible!

walkhighlands.co.uk/cairngorms/loch-an-eilei…

but a beautiful walk nevertheless, with buggy if necessary,and space for the children to run about and plenty for them to look at.

W x

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9. Re: Local tour in Highlands with young children

Hello woody,

Thanks for your information. It's useful. We will consider that.

Dear Thegoodwitch,

It is because perseonal reason, supposed in this life we only could arrive Highland in these 4 days. So we would like to see the landscope of Highland, the castle in the middle of loch, and even Rannoch Moor! At first we think travel agencies in Scotland could help us make the dream come true. However on travel agencies accept little. Now we have to help by ourselves. Rannoch Moor is already given up because it is too hard to arrival. Now we try to make the others come true....

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10. Re: Local tour in Highlands with young children

Fantasticly helpful responce! thank you!!!!