31 Fantastic Places To Stay In Scotland With Babies And Toddlers
A guide to the best baby and toddler friendly places to stay in Scotland including hotels, cottages, holiday parks and resorts which are all ideal for babies and toddlers. Read on to discover the best places to go on holiday with babies and toddlers in Scotland.
#1. The Macdonald Forest Hills Resort, Loch Lomond
The Macdonald Forest Hills Resort is set in landscaped gardens and woodland sloping down to the shores of Loch Ard – ideal for exploring the magnificent Loch Lomond & Trossachs National Park. There are one, two and three bed apartments and 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. Rafters Bar and Bistro is perfect for families as it has a more relaxed atmosphere and serves high quality, family friendly dishes – the ideal place to relax after a swim or a busy day exploring the Trossachs!
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#2. Gleneagles, Auchterarder
Gleneagles is one of Scotland’s most famous hotels, but did you know it also welcomes families with babies and toddlers? Sumptuous family rooms are available, and there is also an indoor swimming pool to have a dip in. The Little Glen is a magical land full of toys, games, castles and dressing up costumes. There are also specific activities for babies and toddlers at Gleneagles including hand and foot painting, sandpit and water play. Extra activities are available for children aged 3-5.
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#3. Craig Tara Holiday Park, Ayr
Craig Tara Holiday Park in Ayr has all the key ingredients for a fantastic family holiday. As well as direct access to a beach, the park also has a heated indoor swimming pool with waterslides, sports hall and the new Lighthouse Harbour Adventure Village and Toddlers’ Play Village. The Lighthouse Harbour Adventure Village has an interactive play areas and space for events. The Toddlers’ Play Village has a toy kitchen, pretend RNLI lifeboat and little shop to play in. There are also lots of activities and classes for toddlers including Discovery Babies, Aqua Jets, Gym Tots and junior science classes.
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#4. Loch Lomond Holiday Park
Enjoy the great outdoors of the Scottish Highlands at Loch Lomond Holiday Park. They are some of the best log cabins for babies and toddlers in Scotland because they are set right by the banks of the glassy waters of Loch Lomond. From here, you could easily explore the historic county of Argyll, where islands and lochs sculpt the landscape in wonderful ways. And although it may seem you’re amidst truly rural countryside, you’re actually just one hour’s drive from Glasgow. It’s the perfect day-trip distance to discover the city’s toddler friendly attractions, such as the fascinating Glasgow Science Centre.
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#5. St Andrews Forest Lodges
St Andrews is famous for its iconic golf course, one of the oldest golf courses in the world. And in fact, its just five minutes away from the baby friendly log cabins at St Andrews Forest Lodges. But even if you’re not an avid golfer, there’s so much to discover nearby. Head to the coast of the Tentsmuir Forest National Nature Reserve and there’s every chance you may spot seals and dolphins gliding close to the shores. Alternatively, make the 15-minute drive to Dundee to enjoy the exhibits at Dundee Science Centre and see the creativity and craftwork at the V&A Dundee.
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#6. The Earth Ship, Loch Leven
This super quirky eco property is located on a sheep and beef farm near Loch Leven. It has 3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms and sleeps up to 7 people with far reaching views over the loch. The Earth Ship is great for all year round holidays as there is a hot tub and wood burner for cozy winter breaks. There are loads of walking and cycling trails from the front door, and you can also take a boat ride across Loch Leven to visit Loch Leven Castle. Guests are welcome to help collect eggs from the farm chickens and also bottle feed lambs in the spring.
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#7. Ardgartan Argyll Lodges, Loch Lomond
Ardgartan in Argyll has magnificent views across the loch to snow capped mountains and beyond. Stay in one of the 40 forest cabins around the loch all of which have hot tubs – some are pet friendly too! Toddlers will love taking part in the Mini Forest Ranger activities where they can learn about plants and trees, play games and make forest crafts. Ardgartan is in the heart of Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park so there is loads to do in the local area with babies and toddlers. The Argyll Forest Park is close by and little ones will love a trip out on the West Highland Railway Line or having a boat ride on Loch Lomond. The seaside town of Helensburgh is also nearby.
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#8. Crieff Hydro – Perthshire
Crieff Hydro is a baby and toddler friendly resort in Scotland with a hotel and over 50 self-catering lodges, apartments and cabins. There are 6 different places to eat, a swimming pool complex and onsite cinema (included in the price). There is an activity centre which includes an indoor castle with trampolines, ball pool and separate baby area. Educational activities like nature trails and painting are included in the price too.
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#9. Auchrannie Resort – The Isle Of Arran
The luxury Auchrannie Resort in the Isle of Arran comprises of two 4* hotels, thirty 5* luxury lodges, 3 restaurants, 2 leisure clubs and a new children’s Playbarn. The resort is just 5 minutes drive from the ferry terminal and Brodick village. Arran is a great place to go on holiday with a baby or toddler. Known as a Scotland in miniature, the Isle of Arran has mountains in the north of the island and beaches and rolling hills in the south. There are castles, secret beaches, museums, walks, stunning sea views and loads of wildlife. Don’t miss the new Isle Be Wild adventure playground at Brodick Castle owned by the National Trust for Scotland.
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#10. Landal Piperdam
Landal Piperdam Holiday Park is a luxury holiday park set in 600 acres of magnificent Angus countryside. It is just 20 mins drive from the UNESCO City of Design, Dundee. The park has a collection of luxury log cabins plus plenty of facilities and activities for babies and toddlers including an indoor swimming pool, soft play area, activity barn and outdoor swimming pool. The park runs activities for little ones including Balanceability to introduce little ones to the world of 2 wheels. A great choice for a break at any time of year.
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#11. Tummel Valley Holiday Park, The Highlands
Tummel Valley holiday park is in an ideal location for exploring the Highlands, and is just 13 miles away from the Highland town of Pitlochry. The park has been awarded the David Bellamy Gold Award for Conservation, and has loads of opportunities to get outdoors. The park also has an indoor heated swimming pool with tots sessions, children’s splash pool, adventure playground and nature trail. There is a range of family friendly caravans and timber lodges situated in a woodland setting.
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#12. The Hilton Coylumbridge, Aviemore
The Hilton Coylumbridge is a baby and toddler friendly hotel in the Scottish Highlands. This resort style hotel has an indoor swimming pool and a Fun House with a large soft play, ball pit and slides and tunnels set over 3 floors. There is nightly entertainment including a children’s disco, and family friendly dining. The hotel is in a perfect location to explore the Cairngorms. Entry to 2 local attractions is included in the price of your stay.
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#13. Macdonald Aviemore Woodland Lodges
These 4* Woodland Lodges are set in the Macdonald Aviemore Resort’s ancient Caledonian pine forests. There are 18 lodges sleeping up to 6 people with a woodburning stove and fully equipped kitchen. All the lodges have free unlimited use of indoor pool, gym, soft play & playground. After a day exploring the Aviemore region, families can choose to eat out at one of the resort’s restaurants or order a takeaway pizza from Giovanni’s – the onsite pizzeria.
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#14. Seaward Cottage, Dumfries & Galloway
Seaward is a super impressive 3 bedroom cottage in the fishing village of Portpatrick in Dumfries & Galloway. It’s 5 minutes walk to the beach, harbour and playground, and there are plenty of clifftop walks nearby. Seaward cottage is a really spacious cottage with bags of room for the whole family to relax and spread out. There are 3 bedrooms plus 2 bathrooms downstairs and an additional WC upstairs. There is also a large enclosed garden with BBQ.
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#15. Moness Resort, Aberfeldy
The Moness Resort is set in 35 acres of countryside in the heart of Perthshire within walking distance of the Highland town of Aberfeldy. There are 106 cottages and a 4* hotel – all of which are great for babies and toddlers. All the cottages have access to the resort swimming pool, sauna, steam room and hot tub. The 1, 2 and 3 bedroom holiday cottages are furnished to a high standard, and have everything you would need for a family holiday. Toddlers will love feeding the ducks on the resort pond, or playing hide and seek in the grassy woodland around the resort. There is also an indoor creche area for little ones with toys and a dolls house to play with. Outside, there is a playground and plenty of space for little ones to ride their bike or scooter.
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#16. Weymes Bay Holiday Park
Weymes Park is in a great location to explore Loch Lomond, the Isle of Bute, tiny Cumbrae and also the Isle of Arran. It’s also just a 40 minute drive from Glasgow. The park itself overlooks the Firth of Clyde with views over to the Isle of Bute (the ferry is within walking distance of the park). Toddlers will love the indoor swimming pool, toddler paddling area, adventure play area and outdoor play area. Families can choose to stay in a choice of 2 or 3 bedroom caravans or lodges.
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#17. Strathspey Lodge- Nr Aviemore
Strathspey Lodge is a stylish retreat near to Aviemore in the heart of the Cairngorm National Park. There are 3 double bedrooms, a twin room and a playroom with books and toys. The lodge has amazing views across open countryside towards the Cairngorm mountain range and is close to the Cairngorm Reindeer Centre, Landmark Forest theme park and Rothiemurchus. Each bedroom has a wall mounted TV and there is a table tennis table and plenty of board games to keep you occupied during the occasional wet day!
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#18. Willow Cottage
Willow cottage is a spacious lodge located on a working farm in the Perthshire hills. It’s surrounded by peaceful Perthshire countryside but is near to plenty of attractions and days out including the renowned St Andrews. The lodge has 3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms and a shared play area and onsite restaurant.
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#19. Peebles Hydro – Scottish Borders
Peebles Hydro is part of the Crieff Hydro family of hotels, and is a spa hotel in the Scottish borders. Babies and toddlers are welcome (under 2s stay for free). Family rooms are available and the hotel also has a creche, woodland walks, indoor play area and swimming pool.
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#20. Nairn Lochloy Holiday Park, Inverness
This fab holiday park is just seconds away from a golden sandy beach where you can build sand castles and paddle to your heart’s content! Back at the park, there is an indoor swimming pool (with toddler pool) and wildlife nature trail. There is loads to do around and about too including exploring more sandy beaches, Cawdor Castle, the Cairngorms National Park and even a bit of Nessie spotting at Loch Ness!
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#21. Southerness Holiday Park, Dumfries
A great choice for families looking for a toddler friendly holiday park in Scotland. The Southerness Holiday Park is located in Dumfries with stunning views over the Solway Firth. The beach is just a short walk away, and onsite there is an indoor swimming pool with toddler swimming pool, indoor soft play area and outdoor adventure playground. There is also a nature trail for family walks in the fresh air. Mabie Farm Park, the town of Dumfries and the Camera Obscura museum are also close by.
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#22. Coalhill Byre, Ayrshire
Coalhill Farm Byre is a luxurious cottage which is a great choice for families looking for a baby and toddler friendly cottage in Scotland. It’s located on a family run farm and has amazing sea views of the Isle of Arran, Ailsa Craig and Loch Busbie. The garden is fully enclosed with a private hot tub located in the summer house. The small play area has swings and a slide. Families are welcome to meet the friendly alpacas which live at the farm.
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#23. Isles of Glencoe Hotel, Near Fort William
Situated in a breath-taking lochside setting at the foot of Glencoe, the Isle of Glencoe hotel has a relaxed family friendly feel. There are spacious family rooms, some with Lochside views and cots are available to hire. Toddlers will love the indoor swimming pool, and parents can take some time to chill out in the leisure complex. Outside there are Lochside trails and the hotel is close to the Oban Sea Life Centre and the famous Hogwarts Express!
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#24. Lagnakeil Highland Lodges
These lodges are set on a hillside just 10 mins drive from Oban. They are open plan with a kitchen, living area and comfortable bedrooms. There is a private patio and picnic bench outside, as well as a playground. Oban is the gateway to the isles and from there you can get the ferry to the Isle of Mull where you can visit the pretty town of Tobermory.
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#25. Thurston Manor, East Lothian
Thurston Manor is a baby and toddler friendly holiday park nestled in 175 acres of parkland at the foot of the Lammermuir Hills. It is close to sandy beaches and the towns of Dunbar, North Berwick, Eyemouth and Berwick-upon-Tweed. Edinburgh is also less than 1 hour away. There is a range of caravans and lodges at Thurston Manor as well as an indoor swimming pool, play area and restaurant and take away. Family friendly entertainment takes place at the weekend.
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#26. Auchenlarie Holiday Park, Dumfries & Galloway
The Auchenlaire holiday park is located in beautiful Dumfries and Galloway and has direct access to a sandy beach, and is just a short walk from the Galloway Hills. The park boasts its own indoor heated swimming pool, bistro with evening entertainment and kids indoor and outdoor playground. There is a range of caravan holiday home to stay in – some of which have sea views. Don’t miss a trip to the Galloway Forest to explore the forest trails and family friendly cycling.
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#27. Hunters Quay, Argyll
Hunters Quay is located in the Argyll countryside just outside Dunoon. There is a fantastic all weather leisure complex with 2 indoor swimming pools, gym and indoor soft play. Outside there is an outdoor play area. The holiday park is surrounded by walks and wildlife and is within easy reach of Inveraray and the Isle of Bute. There is an range of activities available for children aged 3+.
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#28. Lochgolihead Lodges, Loch Lomond and Trossachs
Lochgolihead Lodges are located in the heart of the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park with the Arrochar Alps as a backdrop and Loch Goil in front of it. There is a leisure complex with a indoor heated swimming pool, Spa, gym, indoor and outdoor playgrounds and bike hire (some charges apply). Families can stay in luxury lodges – some have hot tubs!
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#29. Sandylands Holiday Park, Ayreshire
Sandylands Holiday Park is a big and bustling holiday park with 2 beaches on its doorstep and panoramic views over to the Isle of Arran. The seaside resort of Ayr is also close by. The park is a great base for exploring the area and has an indoor swimming pool, adventure playground, entertainment venue and family friendly dining onsite.
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#30. Macdonald Aviemore Resort
This family friendly resort is made up of a collection of 4* hotels located in the heart of the Cairngorm National Park. There are 7 restaurants including Spey Burger and an American-style family diner serving burgers, burritos and milkshakes. Families have free access to the resort’s leisure facilities within Aviemore Activity Centre which is ust a 5 minute walk away. This includes a swimming pool, soft play, children’s activity rooms, gym and café. Family rooms are available.
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#31. Blairmore Farm, Perth
Blairemore Farm are luxury holiday cottages on a farm near Perth. There are 6 stunning holiday cottages with wood burning stoves, Scottish inspired textiles and private gardens with BBQs. Baby packs are provided (additional charges apply) which include a cot, highchair, baby bath, nappy bin, baby gate and bumbo. Toddlers can get involved in farm life by joining in on a farm tour, helping feed the animals or picking some veg from the kitchen garden. Edinburgh, Glasgow and St Andrews are within 90 mins drive. The Auchingarrich Wildlife Centre, Scottish Crannog Centre and Faskally Forest are also near.
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#32. The Lodge By The Tay
The Lodge By The Tay is a 5* toddler friendly cottage with 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms. There is a king size bedroom with French doors leading out to the patio area and gardens. There is also a bathroom and utility room with a washing machine. There are large mature grounds outside with a patio, BBQ, private hot tub and 2 additional seating areas. A secure gate leads down to the River Tay with its little beach.
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#33. Rowan Cottage
Rowan Cottage is stunning 3 bedroom log cabin which sleeps up to 6 people. It has 3 bathrooms so is ideal for larger families or families who simply want extra space to spread out! The lounge area has got comfy sofas where you can relax and admire the views over the Perthshire hills. There is also a TV with DVD player, Freesat and iPOD docking station. The patio doors lead out to the private balcony where you eat outside during the summer months. Outside there are mature gardens and the hot tub!
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#34. Barclayfield Cottage
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