Plan a Family Staycation in Scotland

Posted: July 7th 2021

It can be difficult to plan a family staycation with lots of people to please and big decisions to make. Scotland offers something for all families. Whether you’re looking for a jam-packed adventure or something more relaxed – let us guide you on your way to booking a family staycation…


Ayrshire is a county located in south-west Scotland, full of history, picturesque countryside, and sandy shores. Just a 40-minute drive from Glasgow, Ayrshire makes a great family staycation location. Even if it’s a last-minute weekend away!

This region provides something for every family, from history lovers to thrill-seekers. Culzean Castle is a brilliant place to explore, with an abundance of activities to keep you busy all day. You can burn off some steam in the Adventure Cove and Wild Woodland play areas and spend some time taking in the beautiful estate.

Did you know that the region of Ayrshire was the birthplace of Robert Burns, our National Bard? You can visit the humble cottage where Robert Burns was born and explore the Robert Burns Birthplace Museum which houses more than 5,000 Burns artefacts.

Trump Turnberry offers the perfect base for family adventure with their self-catering accommodation options. You can enjoy the luxury of Trump Turnberry with enough space for the whole family! Plus, there’s plenty at the Turnberry Resort to keep your family entertained – from kayaking on the loch to exploring the resort on horse and carriage, a thrilling afternoon on their mini quad bikes, or one of the many other options available.


Aberdeenshire, known for wide-open spaces and historic castles, offers plenty to keep everyone entertained. Aberdeenshire spans the north-east coast of Scotland, comprising of beautiful coastlines, seaside towns, and glistening beaches.

The Aberdeenshire coast is one of the best places in Scotland to spot dolphins – what better way to tempt the children away from their screens?

With plenty of attractions and hidden treasures dotted around the region, you won’t struggle to keep the family entertained. There are fantastic golf courses, castles steeped in history, plenty of adventure activities, and much more for your family to enjoy!

If you’re looking for some indoor entertainment, Aberdeen Science Centre is one of the city’s top visitor attractions. After a remarkable £6million transformation, Aberdeen Science Centre has reopened with more than 60 amazing interactive exhibitions and science shows including the UK’s first immersive theatre and a humanoid talking robot! Aberdeen Science Centre is a brilliant place to take the kids to unleash their imagination.

Located less than an hour from Aberdeen city centre, Royal Arch Riverside Park is a fantastic accommodation option for families. The holiday park is close to many countryside walks and beautiful sandy beaches. Plus, the family will love a dip in their own hot tub!


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Fort William

Situated in the West Highlands of Scotland, Fort William is known as the Outdoor Capital of the UK, making it a popular base for exploring the highlands. You won’t run out of things to do in Fort William, whether you’re spending time taking in the iconic scenery or climbing Britain’s highest mountain, Ben Nevis.

The Jacobite Steam Train is one of the most iconic train journeys in the world and a must-do on your family staycation in Fort William. Made famous by its role as the Hogwarts Express in the Harry Potter movies, the Jacobite Steam Train offers some of the world’s best train scenery. The service runs from Fort William to Mallaig, crossing the Glenfinnan Viaduct, the famous bridge to Hogwarts. Any Harry Potter fans in the family will be sure to thank you for this experience!

Well situated in the centre of Fort William, The Garrison boasts nine chic self-catering apartments with magnificent views across Loch Linnhe. The apartments sleep six, with plenty of space, and dogs are welcome too, so the whole family can come along!


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Your next family staycation will provide an opportunity to spend quality time together, wherever you choose. There are plenty of locations around Scotland with something for everyone to enjoy.

Whats more, opting for a staycation means you can be more flexible and spontaneous – especially if you opt for a camping style break or even renting a motorhome. Haggis Motorhomes provide luxury motorhomes fully equipped with everything you need ranging in sizes with some sleeping up to six guests.

Whatever your next family staycation looks like, there’s no better time to explore Scotland and enjoy our local offering! Share this article with a friend to inspire their next Scottish staycation.

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