9 daysActivity Level
breakfasts, lunches, dinners
Explore the mystique, enchantment and magic of the Scottish Highlands on this family vacation. As your family travels around some of the most gorgeous wilderness in the world, you’ll search national parks and meet reindeer, visit Brodie Castle and kayak in clear water off a white sand beach. This is an adventure your family will never forget!
A Taste of Wizardry
Sip tea in the Elephant House, a cafe where an unknown JK Rowling wrote much of the first book. Visit the spired George Heriot school — or is it Hogwart’s School of Witchcraft and Wizardry? Walk the winding, cobblestoned Victoria Street – Harry Potter fans will know it is actually Diagon Alley, where wizards purchase their magical trappings.
Friends Across Borders – Scottish Style!
Not only will you meet local kids, you’ll learn to play their favorite game – Shinty! Known as the favored sport in the Scottish Highlands, you’ll learn the unique rules and features of this ball and stick game.
Meet and Feed a Herd of Reindeer
Take a mountain bike ride to Cairngorm Mountain, which is home to a vast population of friendly reindeer that you can cozy up to and feed by hand.
Travel Back in Time at the Highland Folk Museum
At this open-air museum, your family will experience what life was like in the highlands dating all the way back to the 1700s.
Fly to Inverness, Scotland
Cairngorms National Park
Visit Brodie Castle
Make a stop in Moray to visit the turreted Brodie Castle with its centuries-old family history.
Meet the Reindeer of Cairngorm Mountain
Take a leisurely hike to the hilltop location where free-ranging reindeer live. Standing in their midst, you can stroke their fur and hand feed them some of their favorite foods while you learn about their history in the park.
Cycle along ancient woodland trails through magnificent Caledonian Pine forest, looking for red squirrel and capercaillie birds.
Cycling Cairngorms National Park
Enjoy cycling in the national park, known for having both easy and challenging trails.
Hiking Glen Nevis
Enjoy the ‘best short hike’ in Scotland on a 2.5-mile jaunt through wildflower strewn meadows and dramatic views to the Steall Waterfall, the second highest in Scotland.
Friends Across Borders: The Highland Game of Shinty
Watch a demonstration of a sport that is played passionately in the Highlands and Islands of Scotland – shinty. This is a Celtic game that is very similar to hurling in Ireland. Watch as the locals show you how it is done and then have a go yourself!
Sea Kayaking with Seals
With its hundreds of islands, islets and abundance of marine mammals, the Sound of Arisaig is a perfect place for sea-kayaking. Board your sturdy vessel and paddle through the sheltered waters of Arisaig Bay, a photogenic wonderland, and delight in the company of gregarious seals. Keep an eye out for otters, dolphins and porpoises that frequent the area.
The Morar Coast
Head out along the famous ‘road to the isles’ and take a wander along the beautiful beaches of the Morar Coast to see what treasures can be found.
Head to the dramatic scenery of Glencoe for a hike around a beautiful lochan surrounded by North American trees. This restful woodland was planted in the 1890s by Lord Strathcona for his homesick Canadian wife.
Aloft! Treetop Adventure
Climb to the treetops at Action Glen for an onbstacle-filled rope-walking adventure! Navigate over half a mile of rope courses at a variety of heights, each filled with speedy zip-lines and challenging obstacles.
Medieval longbow archers could shoot six arrows a minute after 10 years of practice. At the archery range, you’ll have an hour. This fully supervised session proves that not only is archery a sport of kings, it’s brilliantly fun, too. If you’re a beginner, an instructor will have you hitting targets in no time.
Canoe Loch Tay
Drive to Loch Tay and board canoes to explore the shoreline of this narrow, 15-mile-long body of water nestled in an emerald valley. Dozens of small farming communities once rimmed the loch, and their remains are visible from your boat. As you follow the shore, you’ll see ancient stone circles and standing stones that indicate much older settlements. Enjoy lunch on the shores of the loch.
Visit a Crannog in Loch Tay
Visit an ancient dwelling built on stilts in a loch, the oldest crannog home dates back 5,000 years! The beautiful Loch Tay holds eighteen crannogs, though most are now submerged. You’ll have the special treat of visiting one, reconstructed from the Iron Age, 2,500 years ago.
Discover Harry Potter
Meet up with your guide, a local expert. Spend the morning on a private walk to some of the sites that inspired the Harry Potter books – most of which were written in Edinburgh.
Dates & Prices
07/03-07/11Adult $4690Teen $4690Child $4490
07/31-08/08Adult $4690Teen $4690Child $4490
$200 for children under 12 sharing with 2 adults
Additional $690 for single accommodations
If you are a returning Thomson guest, please subtract $500 per family from these prices.
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All entrance fees, accommodations based on two to a room, land transportation, private bilingual guide throughout, all meals, bottled water & snacks in the vehicle.
Guaranteed departure. Surcharge applied to groups smaller than 4 guests.
Thomson Family Adventures will attempt to adhere to this itinerary and its hotels as much as possible. However, certain conditions (political, climatic, environmental, cultural, or availability) may necessitate changes in the accommodations.
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