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Week at New Year - thoughts about where and things to do?

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Week at New Year - thoughts about where and things to do?

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We are planning on renting a cottage for a week over new year. We'll have a car, and are thinking of somewhere on the West Coast. We are a family of two adults and two teenagers.

Any thoughts about where would be good? Our requirements aren't that stringent - somewhere with good walks, remote beaches, chance of a bitof wildlife, maybe the odd castle or museum, wildlife centre. And reasonable access to shops.

I was originally thinking of Wester Ross, but also thinking Oban, as I have never been to Mull. Am aware that weather will be a consideration, and the things-to-do list will be more limited.

Any thoughts to help our planning would be much appreciated

Edited: 08 May 2013, 15:00
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1. Re: Week at New Year - thoughts about where and things to do?

We've spent a week up north at New Year for the last 15 years. We've gone as a group of 17 with kids of all ages so have tried to find places that have something for everyone. Remeber daylight hours are very short, around 9-3.30 at that time of year.

Last year we stayed about 4 miles outside Fort William. Though the weather was poor it was a success-lots of good low level walks eg Glen Nevis/Great Glen, the stunning Arisaig coast not too far away(with white tailed eagles seen), mountain biking, sledging and skiing, swimming pool etc. Fort William isn't the prettiest but has all the facilities,-supermarkets, shops etc you would want

We've stayed a good few times on Speyside-there are generally lots of activities planned eg Grantown New Year party. Again good for walking at low level eg Loch an Eilean, we had an evening in a wildlife hide weatching badgers and pine martens, skiing, sledging-again all the facilities near at hand. No coast though! Aviemore area and Grantown are good bases

Oban would be a decent choice though we've not been there at Hogmanay-they have had organised events in previous years and there is good access to the coast and walks

Remoter areas whilst they have their attractions can be less good for kids especially if the weather is not good

One word of warning-the New Year week is the most expensive one to rent in the year and good accommodation gets booked up miles in advance

Edited: 08 May 2013, 17:12
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