Scotland With Kids – Best Places To Stay

On this page I have handpicked the best holiday cottages and family friendly hotels in Scotland.

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7 Family-friendly Cottages in Scotland

Lochside Lodge No 42

Sleeps 4 | Bedrooms 2 | Bathrooms 1 | Pets No | Hot tub | WiFi | Garden

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Scandinavian style lodge set in the Scottish Highlands on the banks of Loch Oich and Loch Lochy. 

Things to do: Head to Invergarry Railway Station and Museum, try pony trekking at Invergarry and White Sands; fishing, paddle boarding, canoeing and white water rafting, all available on site.

Alder Cabin

Sleeps 4 | Bedrooms 1 | Bathrooms 1 | Pets Yes | Open fire | WiFi | Garden

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Quirky wooden cabin set on the fringes of Loch Venachar and within Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park. 

Things to do: Go Ape on a sky top experience, take a drive to Callander which dates back to the Neolithic period.

Dove Hot Tub Cottage

Sleeps 4 | Bedrooms 2 | Bathrooms 1 | Pets Yes | Open fire | Games room | Hot tub | WiFi | Garden

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Charming cottage located in Coldingham, with woodland views. Enjoy the woodburner on a cosy night in.

Things to do: The village of Coldingham offers a fabulous beach and excellent canoeing and surfing. Berwick-upon-Tweed is also worth a visit.

Wildcat Lodge

Sleeps 4 | Bedrooms 2 | Bathrooms 1 | Pets Yes | Open fire | Games room | Hot tub | WiFi | Garden

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Log cabin set in the Cairngorms National Park. Enjoy the private hot tub surrounded by hills.

Things to do: Skiiing in the winter time along with mountain biking, pony trekking, archery, quad bike trails and sled dog riding.

Suidhe Cottage

Sleeps 6 | Bedrooms 3 | Bathrooms 1 | Pets Yes | Open fire | Hot tub | WiFi | Garden

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Secluded detached timber cottage set in the Cairngorms National Park. With private decked area complete with hot tub, BBQ and seating area.

Things to do: Visit Highland Wildlife Park to see the polar bears. Head to Aviemore for plenty of outdoor activities, including a zip wire adventure course.

Heron Lodge

Sleeps 4 | Bedrooms 2 | Bathrooms 2 | Pets Yes | Open fire | Hot tub | WiFi | Garden

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Canadian cabin set in the Scottish Highlands. With veranda area and lavish wooden hot tub.

Things to do: Only a 10 minute drive from the Highland capital, Inverness. Look out for red squirrels, deer and red kites in Craigbreck Wood.

The Dairy Cottage

Sleeps 6 | Bedrooms 3 | Bathrooms 1 | Pets Yes | Open fire | Hot tub | WiFi | Garden

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Delightful bungalow set in a working dairy farm. With an impressive wood-fired hot tub to enjoy the beautiful setting.

Things to do: Visit the nearby Whithorn Priory & Museum and the Iron Age Roundhouse. Do some stargazing at Galloway Forest Park.

See Also

10 Best Child-Friendly Hotels in Scotland

The Balmoral Hotel (Edinburgh)

Majestic, luxury hotel right next to Waverly Station. J.K. Rowling wrote and finished Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows while staying here. You can stay in the “JK Rowling Suite” which sleeps 5 (2 adults, up to 3 kids).
There are elegantly styled rooms with Scottish accents and a good selection of family rooms that are suitable for big families.
Babysitting services, high chairs, cribs/cots, bottle warmers, bibs, sterilisers, changing mats, baby baths, play-mats, an owl-teddy turn-down service, laundry services, and other baby essentials are all available.
Kids are treated like VIP’s as upon check-in, they are given a Balmoral Passport which includes city activities. This kid-friendly hotel also provides children’s books, games, and movies. There is a kids menu in Brasserie. There is also a modern spa and pool. Free Wifi.

Grand Central Hotel (Glasgow)

Luxury iconic hotel located at Glasgow Central Station. Previous guests include Frank Sinatra and Charlie Chaplin. Plenty of original features including the grand staircase. There is a restaurant and champagne bar. Rooms are generally spacious and sleep 2 adults and a child. There is room service and parking available.

Peebles Hydro (Peebles)

Historic hotel with an indoor swimming pool, a spa, a gym and restaurant. Family rooms sleep up to 6 people and childcare is available at peak times. There is plenty of entertainment including a kids club and a teen zone, splash time, plus families can have a go at archery or tennis too. Plus there’s lots of kids and adults bikes available to rent to explore the incredible trails surrounding hotel. Free parking and free Wifi.

The Airds Hotel and Restaurant (Port Appin)

Converted ferry inn on the west coast of Scotland, surrounded by scenic countryside. In addition to rooms and suites in the hotel, there are also a number of holiday cottages, featuring one or two bedrooms and lots of room for families. Front facing hotel rooms, restaurant, garden and terrace all have views of the loch. Free parking and free Wifi.

Auchrannie Resort (Isle of Arran)

Luxurious resort with spa and elegant rooms. There are 2 indoor swimming pools, sauna and steam room facilities as well as a turbo spa. There is a Playbarn which includes a large soft play area, a big-screen TV and a teen area serving refreshments. Restaurant serves Scottish tapas. With a range of activities both on & off site this is a great family hotel. Free parking and free Wifi.

Macdonald Forest Hills Hotel & Resort (Aberfoyle)

Resort set in beautiful gardens and woodland near the shores of Loch Ard. There are one, two and three bed apartments, so perfect for families. There’s an indoor swimming pool, Spa and Sauna. There’s also a children’s play area, outdoor chess/draughts board, football pitches, a pitch n putt and outdoor tennis courts. Relaxed restaurant for families. Ideal spot for exploring the magnificent Loch Lomond & Trossachs National Park. Free parking.

Moness Resort (Aberfeldy)

Resort set in 35 acres of countryside in the heart of Perthshire. Cottages and a hotel, so great for families. All the cottages have access to the resort swimming pool, sauna, steam room and hot tub. Woodlands and pond surround the resort. There is an indoor creche area for little ones with toys and a dolls house. Outside, there is a children’s play area. Free parking and free Wifi.

Waldorf Astoria (Edinburgh)

Luxury kid-friendly hotel with unobstructed “castle-view” rooms. Family rooms sleep 4-5 and have 2 double beds and cribs available. Kids will love the large indoor-swimming pool while adults and parents will enjoy the Spa. Restaurants have kids menus and high chairs. 15-minute walk away from Royal Mile. Free Wifi and free parking.

Fairmont St Andrews (St Andrews)

Luxury hotel set on a 520 acre estate on cliffs overlooking St Andrews Bay. The resort has 2 world-famous golf courses. It also features a spa with a modern gym, a 20 yard swimming pool, steam room, sauna and a hot tub. Kids will love exploring outdoors and the indoor pool and games room with arcade games, soft play, air hockey and games consoles. There is also a family cinema and seasonal kid’s activities available. The resort has five places to eat, with a children’s menus. Free Wifi and free parking.

Fraser Suites (Glasgow)

Great for larger families. Set in a 19th-century renovated bank, this child-friendly Aparthotel features 1 or 2 bedroom apartments which sleep up to 7 people. All have kitchenettes, spacious and contemporary living areas and some feature large glass windows and balconies.

Your Perfect Family Holiday Cottage

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Dominic Sawyer

Dominic has been writing on the web since 2000. He has a BSc (Hons) degree in Biological Sciences from Nottingham University and his research thesis has been published in journals. With a foundation in painstaking research he found his passion for travel and has worked in the sector for 20 years. He has written a book about travel and has extended his expertise to consumer research across the travel and leisure sector.