Child Friendly Activities

Northwest Scotland is the perfect destination for family holiday breaks, with plenty of child-friendly activities, natural play and ways to enjoy the Scottish outdoors. Here are some of our favourites.If you’re planning to visit the north coast of Scotland with children, look no further! The northwest offers loads of adventure and exciting child-friendly activities, including animals, bikes and boats. You’ll also find beautiful clean, quiet beaches for paddling, wilderness fun for young explorers, and plenty of buggy-accessible trails and paths, so you can be sure of something to suit all the family.

Family activities and outings for all ages

These outings and activities are ideal for mixed family groups including small children.

Culag Woods, Lochinver

Fantastic woodland on the edge of a little beach with swings and a barbecue area. Lots of wildlife and winding paths made by local children. Buggy-friendly.

  • Distance: 2 miles.
  • Distance to start point: 18 miles.
  • All-abilities paths.
  • Shelters and eco-toilets.
  • Barbecue and picnic area.
  • See Culag Woods website

Knockan Crag Nature Reserve, Ullapool

Open all year round, with three trails and lots of wildlife and birdlife to see. Combine with a visit to Rock Stop visitor centre.

  • Distance: 2 miles.
  • Distance to start point: 20 miles.
  • 24-hour toilets.
  • On the bus route.
  • RADAR wheelchair-accessible toilet.
  • Two picnic areas.
  • Trails for different abilities.
  • Wonderful views across Coigach and Assynt.
  • See SNH website

Achmelvich Beach

Beautiful white sand beach and clear blue sea. Popular for fishing, kayaks and wind surfing. No dogs in peak season. Caravan and camping site nearby.
  • Distance to beach: 20 miles.
  • Dogs not allowed in peak tourist season.
  • Get a pie from Lochinver pie shop to eat on the beach!
  • See Walk Highlands website

Clachtoll Beach

White sandy beach with blue sea and an Iron Age broch nearby. Stunning mountain views. Dogs allowed. Great for rockpooling.

Oldshoremore Beach

Beautiful pink sand beach, clean, safe, great for rock pooling.

Smoo Cave, Durness

Adventurous kids will love this vast limestone cave – great for smuggler stories and you can go in by boat!

Loch Broom Leisure Centre, Ullapool

Swimming pool, tennis courts, gym, family fun sessions. Great for rainy days.

Cocoa Mountain, Balnakeil

Always a hit with the kids! Hand-made chocolates and hot chocolate.

Our boat, the Rachel Clare, departs from the slipway opposite the Hotel.

Ask our team for some crabbing equipment!

Achmelvich Beach.