Family adventure vacations in Scotland
Description of Family adventure vacations in Scotland
This trip can be tailor made throughout the year to suit your requirements
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We are firmly committed to responsible tourism and all of our tours reflect that commitment. Our vacations are purposefully designed to provide a visitor experience that maximises the positive benefits of tourism while minimising any negative impacts.
Leave No Trace & Our Guides
We are staunch advocates of the Leave No Trace principles, in which our guides are fully trained. On all of our activities, our guides will ensure that the impact on the environment, wildlife and local community is minimised. Along the way, our guides will teach you how to do this so that the knowledge is spread on your travels in Scotland and further afield. Our guides are ambassadors for Scotland's wild places and are passionate about sharing their knowledge. Your guide will not only lead your activities but tell you all about Scotland's flora, fauna, geology, history and culture along the way. In the Cairngorms National Park a lot of effort has been exerted in balancing people’s enjoyment of the park and nature’s space to be wild. There are dedicated walking and biking trails that allow you to enjoy the various beauty spots and to see wildlife without disturbing the fragile ecosystems of the park.
Our trips focus on enjoying the landscapes through human power, so by walking, biking or paddling through them. This is a self-drive vacation, but we’ve planned the days to minimise motorised transport throughout the trip.
Accommodation & Meals
We’ve handpicked your accommodation on this trip and we take the provider’s Green Tourism credentials into account during our selection process and encourage where possible for our partners to reduce, reuse and recycle. You will spend 4 nights in a comfortable and family-friendly B&B on the west coast, before moving on to a Highland guesthouse in the Cairngorms National Park for 2 nights.
Scotland is known for its fantastic natural larder so we encourage our travelers to try local, seasonal and fresh food by recommending the best lunch spots and dinner venues. Breakfasts are included on this trip and you’ll be able to try a full Scottish or Scottish oat porridge.
In the Office
It's not just on trips that we promote sustainable processes! We operate our vacations out of a carbon-neutral headquarters which is powered by renewable energy. We reduce, reuse and recycle, using environmentally friendly products from local suppliers where possible. In addition, our office car park hosts two public EV charging stations, and we subsidise staff usage. We encourage car-sharing and compete monthly for the most environmentally friendly commute!
In preparation for our trips, we strongly encourage our travelers to bring a reusable water bottle and lunchbox on their vacation to discourage the use of single-use plastics.
Lastly, we are committed to contributing annually to a nature-based charity that promotes conservation in Scotland.
Although our office staff isn’t 100% Scottish, all members of our team live and work in the Scottish Highlands. Because of this, our passionate personnel are able to give expert insider advice on their own favourite playground and ensure the best experience for our visitors.
We ensure a warm welcome from the locals wherever we go as we’ve always strived to work together with the local community and businesses, ensuring that the economic benefits are shared. We seek out locally owned and family-run hotels and restaurants over chain businesses.
On each trip, we endeavour to introduce our visitors to local and unique experiences, to channel tourism income back into the local community. On this trip, you’ll embark on the famous Harry Potter steam train, crossing the Glenfinnan viaduct and experiencing the magical landscape featured in the films as you travel from Fort William to the coastal town of Mallaig. You’ll also pay a visit to the massively impressive Neptune’s staircase, a series of 8 canal lock gates.
Some of the areas we visit suffer from over-tourism and we do what we can to manage this consequence. The crowding caused by over-tourism not only negatively impacts the natural environment but also the quality of life of the communities who live and work in the beautiful destinations that we visit. To mediate this we take our clients to the lesser-known spots in any given area, extend our tour departures into the less busy shoulder months to spread the flow of visitors and when we do visit ‘hotspots’ we aim to go outside of peak hours.
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