It’s the moment you’ve all been looking forward to for months: School’s out, summer’s in, and now you and your young ones finally get to head to the highlands for your well-deserved family holiday in Scotland.
For Mum and Dad, your big getaway is a chance to finally escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life, to bask in beautiful surroundings, take in breathtaking scenery, and enjoy the kind of peace and tranquillity that you only find in the remote Scottish Highlands.
For the kids, however, their ideal holiday involves something a little more adventurous, and that’s where we come in.
Whether you’re stuck for ideas for keeping your young ones entertained when you visit the Dunalastair Hotel Suites this summer, or whether you’re just looking for inspiration to make it truly the holiday of a lifetime, here’s our pick of the top five family-friendly activities to do with your kids this summer.
Experience the Thrill of Whitewater Rafting, Tubing, and More
Where: Nae Limits Outdoor Activity Centre, Ballinluig, Perthshire PH9 0LG
A short drive from our luxury hotel in Perthshire, the Nae Limits Outdoor Activity Centre is Scotland’s premier destination for those craving excitement and adventure.
Awarded four-star visitor attraction status from Visit Scotland, the centre caters for children of all ages, as well as adults, and offers a whole host of adrenaline-charged activities to try out.
Whether it’s experiencing the thrill of whitewater rafting, the joy of racing through rushing water on a river tube, or taking on the ultimate challenge of canyoning, you and your family are sure to find something to enjoy.
For those of you who prefer dry land, quad biking, clay pigeon shooting, paintball, and a host of other adventures await.
See naelimits.co.uk for more details.
Make a Splash at the Scottish Highland’s Number One Theme park
Where: Landmark Forest Theme Park, Main Street, Carrbridge, PH23 3AJ
From rafting and tubing to thrills of a different kind next, as we head to Landmark Forest Theme Park in Carrbridge, a short, 90 minute drive from our Perthshire hotel.
A highlight of any family holiday in Scotland, Landmark Forest features rides and attractions for all ages, including their most famous thrill ride, the Wild Water Coaster, an exhilarating water flume with three different levels of steepness.
Prefer to keep dry on your big family day out? The Runaway Timber Train is a family-friendly roller coaster that delivers a highly enjoyable ride through the treetops.
Elsewhere, you and your young ones will love the new Lost Labyrinth, which takes you on an adventure through scary caverns, over rumbling mud pools, and towards an enchanted waterfall, encountering all manner of weird and wonderful creatures en route.
That’s just a few of the highlights to be found at this true gem of a theme park, which really does offer something for everyone.
Solve a Mystery Together on an Enthralling Treasure Hunt
Where: Perth Treasure Hunt Treasure Trail, Perth and Kinross, PH1 5EW
Right the year round, this engaging treasure trail remains a big hit with families staying at our luxury hotel in Perthshire, but there’s something about taking on the trail during the summer months that adds to the enjoyment.
Download a treasure map online and set off with your family on an epic adventure throughout Perth in search of missing treasure.
En route, you’ll learn fascinating facts about this historic Highland location, discover many of Perth’s hidden gems, and explore a side to the area that not many get to see.
Maps can be downloaded from https://www.treasuretrails.co.uk/things-to-do/perthshire/perth
Meet Fascinating Animals at the Highland’s Top Wildlife Park
Where: Highland Wildlife Park, Kingussie, The Highlands, Scotland
Based an hour away from the Dunalastair Hotel suites, the drive through some of the Scottish Highland’s most breathtaking scenery from Kinloch Rannoch to Kingussie is well worth it to get up close and personal with some utterly fascinating creatures at the Highland Wildlife Park.
On arrival, you can book a land rover tour or take your own car through the main reserve, meeting everything from tigers and foxes to camels, deer, wild birds and more.
You’ll also encounter some incredible animals from the furthest flung corners of the globe, including the beautiful snow leopard, the mighty polar bear, and the Himalayan tahr.
Experience the Magic of the Scottish Highlands With a Land Rover Safari Tour
Where: Highland Safaris, Aberfeldy, Perthshire PH15 2JQ
Need your wildlife fix but prefer to stay a little closer to home? Take the short ride from our hotel to nearby Aberfeldy for an attraction that has long been a favourite with both our guests and staff alike.
The Aberfeldy Highland Safari Tours offer a truly unique chance to venture deep into the mountains and forests of the Highlands and gain incredible insights into both the surrounding areas and the native wildlife who call the Highlands their home.
New for 2017, the Highland Safaris Centre have recently launched their Loch Tay Safaris, where you and your young ones will head out into the water with an experienced guide and learn the rich history of this ancient loch.
Winner of multiple awards, and a five-star Scottish Tourist Board attraction, this is an absolute must for any family holiday in Scotland this summer.
Make your holiday one you and your loved ones will cherish forever with the Dunalastair Hotel Suites, Kinloch Rannoch.