Holidaying with teenagers can be challenging, and it can sometimes be difficult to keep them entertained. However, Scotland is packed full of exciting activities and fascinating attractions that are perfect for families on holiday with older kids.
From adrenaline-fuelled sports to fun-filled towns, you’ll be sure to find plenty of boredom-busting activities for teenagers and older kids in Scotland. Whether you want a relaxing afternoon browsing quirky shops or you fancy a day of watersports at the beach, you’ll be sure to make some lasting memories on your next trip to Scotland.
For those planning a family holiday in Scotland, we’ve unearthed some of the top activities that older kids are sure to love.
With 10,000km of coastline and plenty of lochs and rivers, it’s not hard to see why Scotland is one of the best places in Britain for water sports. Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park is less than one hour from Wemyss Bay Holiday Park and is home to some of the best open waters in Scotland. There are 22 lochs and one lake in the National Park, making it a brilliant location for watersports. Whether you’re a beginner or a pro, watersports are the perfect family activity, and it’s especially great for those with teenagers.
Paddleboarding is fast becoming one of the most popular watersports, and Loch Lomond offers up the ideal conditions to have a go at this exciting activity. There are lots of places to launch your board around the edge of the loch and its calm waters make this a great starting point if you’re new to the sport.
Loch Lubnaig in the National Park is also a haven for water sports lovers, and its sheltered position makes it the perfect place to try canoeing and kayaking. Take a family tour around one of the park’s most picturesque lochs and enjoy the stunning surroundings.
Explore the Great Outdoors
From towering mountains to beautiful lochs, Scotland’s countryside is breathtaking, and no holiday to the region would be complete without exploring the great outdoors. There are plenty of open spaces to discover and lots of outdoor activities to try that are perfect for families with older children.
One of the best places to experience Scotland’s rugged beauty is the magnificent Cairngorms National Park, which is less than 30 minutes from Tummel Valley Holiday Park. From mountain biking to rock climbing, it’s perfect for teenagers and older kids.
If you fancy a challenge, the National Park is home to 5 of the UK’s 6 highest mountains, which can be climbed and explored on a variety of walking and cycling trails. If mountain climbing isn’t your thing, then there are plenty of routes to try on lower ground too, where you can still enjoy the amazing mountain scenery.
An increasingly popular way to experience the Cairngorms is on a thrilling quad biking experience. Quad Bike Treks Aviemore promise an inspiring outdoor adventure that is not to be missed. There are several routes to explore, which take you over varied terrain and through some of the park’s most spectacular scenery.
Scotland was made for extreme sports, with its fast-flowing rivers and towering gorges. From bungee jumping to deep sea diving, there’s lots to enjoy.
If you’re looking for adventure, Nae Limits have a variety of activities on offer in the stunning Scottish countryside, less than 30 minutes from Tummel Valley Holiday Park. Most activities are suitable for children aged 12 and up, perfect if you’re on holiday with teenagers this summer.
Gorge walking is a great activity, and the nearby Calvine Gorge is an adventurer’s paradise. Swim in lagoon pools, climb over rocks and whizz down natural water slides during this thrilling experience. If you’re looking for something even more adrenaline-fuelled that teens will love, you can even brave the rapids and try out white water rafting.
If you’re feeling really brave, then have a go at bungee jumping, the ultimate extreme activity! Half an hour from Tummel Valley Holiday Park, take the plunge with Highland Fling Bungee, who offer this thrilling activity in the heart of Scotland’s beautiful countryside. Take a leap over the River Garry and fly down through the dramatic gorge for an unforgettable experience.
Scotland’s Top Towns
A visit to one of Scotland’s towns is the perfect day out if you’re holidaying with older children or teenagers. From sightseeing to shopping, there’s plenty to see and do on a visit.
If you’re staying at Nairn Lochloy Holiday Park, then you’re only 30 minutes from the bustling town of Inverness. With everything from a large shopping complex to small boutique stores, there are loads of shops to browse. There’s also a Victorian Market to explore and plenty of pubs, restaurants and cafes where you can pick up a tasty bite to eat and enjoy some live music.
If you’re a fan of culture then a visit to Glasgow, Scotland’s largest city, is a must. Less than one hour from Wemyss Bay Holiday Park, there’s lots to see and do in this vibrant city. From museums and art galleries to restaurants and shopping, Glasgow has so much to offer. Explore Scotland’s oldest museum, The Hunterian, then browse one of Europe’s greatest art collections in the Kelvingate Art Gallery.
If you’re looking for an unusual activity, Escape Reality provides an exciting experience for all the family. Suitable for ages 9 and up, this is an adrenaline-fuelled adventure like no other. Work together to solve the riddles and overcome obstacles to see if you can escape the movie themed rooms in less than one hour.