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Scottish Family Experience

From ghost tours to steam trains, wildlife to beaches, something for all the family.

We’ve designed a touring holiday of Scotland for the whole family to enjoy. This unique trip includes time in Edinburgh, the Highlands and the Isle of Mull, and a day trip on the West Highland Line steam train, made famous by the Harry Potter films.

At A Glance

Best Time To Go

May - Oct. Book early to secure family rooms.

Why not...

upgrade to a stay in Glengorm Castle on the Isle of Mull?

Prices From

£825 adult, £340 child

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Day One – Three

Your holiday starts in Edinburgh, staying in a modern centrally located aparthotel, ideally placed to explore the city.  The famous castle is within easy walking distance and the Museum of Childhood and the Camera Obscura not much further.  This evening take a family ‘ghost walk’ to explore the notoriously haunted hidden alleyways beneath the Royal Mile.

Your Aparthotel

For families seeking both contemporary style and value for money, this unique aparthotel combines the comfort and service of a top-quality hotel with the additional space and facilities you would expect from good self-catering accommodation.  Each family apartment offers two bedrooms, two bathrooms, lounge, dining area and fully-equipped modern kitchen complete with microwave, washer/dryer and dishwasher.  Secure underground parking is also available for a small extra charge.  The location is another bonus: just off Edinburgh’s Royal Mile, you can head up the hill to the castle, or down to Holyrood Palace and the new Scottish Parliament, less than five minutes’ walk away.

Day Four

Leave the city behind to explore the glorious and breathtaking scenery of the Highlands before reaching your next base, a family friendly small hotel close to Ben Nevis.

Your hotel

This delightful highland haven manages to combine pine-clad luxury with a truly relaxing, laid-back atmosphere, where friendliness and informality are the order of the day.  On arrival, you will be welcomed with fresh tea and home-made scones, before settling into your comfortable room to contemplate the tranquil beauty of the surrounding woodland.    The cosy sitting rooms offer comfy sofas, quiet corners and shelves overflowing with books just waiting to be browsed as you curl up in front of the fire after an afternoon spent tramping the hills.  An eclectic selection of DVDs is also available in case of wet weather and, for those who have come unprepared, wellies and maps are also supplied.  In the kitchen, maximum use is made of local produce such as trout, salmon, Scotch beef and Great Glen venison and the hotel has its own organic vegetable garden.

Day Five

Today enjoy one of the highlights of the holiday – a first class day trip on the famous Jacobite steam train from Fort William to Mallaig, by way of Glenfinnan, inspiring that ‘Harry Potter’ feeling at every turn.

Day Six

Finally hop on a short ferry ride over to the magnificent island of Mull for three nights.

Your hotel on Mull

We offer a choice of options here – either a family friendly drovers inn, peacefully situated in the village of Dervaig, or a small hotel in the colourful main island village of Tobermory.  Great food is a feature of both options, both of which also offer family rooms.

Day Seven

Today enjoy a wildlife boat trip, specially designed for families, with the possibility of spotting dolphins, porpoises, sharks and minke whales swimming just off the coast.

Day Eight

A day to explore this most varied of islands, which boasts sandy beaches, including magnificent Calgary Bay, the colourful harbour village of Tobermory, plentiful wildlife, mountains, lochs and glorious coastal scenery.  Perhaps take a day trip to the historic and captivating island of Iona.

Day Nine

Return home by ferry to Oban and onwards


Map Scottish Family Experience

Start in Edinburgh, then explore the West Highlands and the Isle of Mull.


£825 per adult and £340 per child under 14 (sharing a room with two adults) in April & October, £865 per adult and £375 per child  in May, June & September, £900 per adult and £400 per child in July, £985 per adult and £450 per child in August.

Add £75 per adult and £50 per child to stay in Tobermory.

The holiday includes 3 nights room only in Edinburgh (though breakfast supplies are provided), 2 nights B&B in the Highlands and 3 nights B&B on Mull, a family ghost walk in Edinburgh, a first-class return trip on the Jacobite Express steam train, a wildlife boat trip from Mull, and ferry crossings for a car and passengers to Mull.

Before your departure, you will receive personalised holiday information including full directions, recommended routes, and suggestions on places to visit depending on your interests and our local knowledge to help you get the most from your holiday.

All itineraries and room types are presented subject to availability at specific hotels.

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All our holiday prices include a service charge of £9 per person per night towards the costs we incur in researching, planning and designing your holiday.

We guarantee to refund this service charge if you believe that arranging your holiday through McKinlay Kidd has not met your expectations for value. All we ask is that you write to us within 7 days of your return and explain your reason for claiming the refund. This will ensure that we can improve the experience for all our future guests.


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This holiday is available from mid April until late October

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