Activities for Children on our West Coast Route
Keeping children entertained can be tricky, however this does not have to be the case on a motorhome holiday. With a little forwards planning, regular stops, and activities to keep them busy and tired out makes for a fun holiday all round. We have stopped at most of these places ourselves so do highly recommend them. On the West Coast there is so much to choose from activity wise that will entertain children, so we have attempted to cover some of the main ones here.
When you collect your motorhome in Perth, we recommend you stock up on a few days’ supplies of food and drinks to keep you going. This not only takes some stress out of then finding places to stop straight away and stops the inevitable stress when you’ve ran out of snacks.
Where to Stop?
Often our customers travel just up the A9 to Pitlochry or Blair Atholl. Both have ample activities for the family to participate in. We have found that Blair Castle really is a great place to stop and stretch those legs. Here you can either choose to go round the castle itself learning about the history, there are plenty of interactive activities within this tour that the children love. Or take a step outside and explore the grounds. There are fantastic walks here and a great playpark settled in the woodland area. Here the children can blow off some extra energy and the adults can enjoy their company and grab a coffee from the shop.
Heading Further up the A9 stopping at Aviemore is always recommended. The list of different activities here is endless. You can go swimming, soft play, cinema, parks, walks, the sweet old shop, and the highlight of our trips here is always the old steam train and having afternoon tea on here. We do recommend you book this ahead and upgrading to first class gives you your own carriage which is perfect for children as they are free to move about your own space and the food is superb.
Not far from Aviemore step into the fun of Landmark, this is always a firm favourite for us when we are here. You can spend the entire day here playing, walking, and exploring. The bonus here is once you have paid to get in all the activities are mainly free to use so you’re not surprised to find you need yet more money. There are a few cars and water boats that require a £1 coin, but we have never felt the need to use these. The water slides are great fun, the climbing activities, and the butterfly farm. There is also a handling session held daily for the children to get interactive. With plenty of picnic spots and a lovely café you won’t be stuck for food and drinks.
Ullapool has a lovely caravan park Broomfield which we do recommend to our customers if you are stopping here. The site was established around 60 years ago and is still run by the same family. You can watch the ferries come and go from here to the Islands. There are outstanding views of the Highland Coast and a short walk takes you into the village where you will find shops and restaurants. Here you can enjoy spending some quality family time together, playing cards, BBQs, walks and wildlife spotting.
Gairloch is further along our West Coast Route here the beach is well worth a visit. Build sandcastles, fly a kite, make dams with the water and mark make in the sand. Remember to take a picnic blanket for your picnic by the water.
If your children like seafood or like to see where their food came from following its journey, they will love Applecross. Go for dinner and choose from the locally freshly caught seafood from that very day. The locals are incredibly friendly, and the journey here is quite unique over the pass the children will love climbing up and over the hill.
Head across the bridge to the Isle of Skye. Here the children can really get some fresh crisp air. The fairy pools are beautiful and have a special magic for the children. Getting outdoors here is the best way to see the Island, walking, exploring, treasure hunts and animal spotting.
If your children are Harry Potter Fans a stop at the Glenfinnan Viaduct is a must. Be sure to book early if you want to go on board the train as this does book up very fast. The views here are outstanding.
On the way back to our depot in Perth make a stop into Blair Drummond Safari Park which is a great way to end your holiday with ourselves. Spend time playing in the amazing park areas, BBQ or picnic for lunch and then get to know some of the animals timing your visits as they do special talks and feeding sessions.
The moral of this blog really is your holiday is what you make it. And there are activities to do wherever you are. Whether that’s making it a game to go to the shop and find something special for the BBQ that night or simply enjoying the simpleness of a trip to the beach and embracing your imagination. Play games, turn off the devices and really spend time with your children. These are the memories they will remember and cherish forever. You don’t need lots of toys and materials with you, you just need a positive mentality to explore, investigate and find ways to entertain. The woods offer so much for children to learn, grow, play, and build confidence spotting birds, squirrels and collecting sticks.
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In Scotland we are lucky to have such an abundance of outdoor pursuits on our door step, set amongst some of the most beautiful landscape and all within easy driving reach when combined with a motorhome you can enjoy a holiday while experience some adrenaline based activities.