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Isle of Mull

Isle of Mull, Scotland

 
The Isle of Mull may not be a tropical paradise yet this island off the west coast of Scotland offers families endless days of discovery. Tour the brightly colored town of Tobermory. See standing stones, duns, brochs and castles. Take a train trip from Craignure to Torosay. Play on silver sand beaches. (Calgary Bay and Ross of Mull, as the island's westernmost finger is called, are the favorites of islanders.) Cruise coastal roads. Hike hills. Walk shores. Ferry to Iona and glimpse the birthplace of Celtic Christianity. Take a boat trip to Staffa or Treshnish Isles and watch birds. Spot seals ... Read Moreat Laggan Sands near Lochbuie. Hoping to catch sight of something larger? Embark on a marine safari. Or head to Cailleach Point, Carsaig or Ardnamurchan Point and observe cetaceans from shore.
 
History & Culture
 
A family vacation in Scotland provides an opportunity to introduce the children too more than Harry Potter and the Hogwarts Express. It offers a chance to introduce the kids to Scottish history, culture and heritage. Learn about the Neolithic farmers who shaped the Scottish landscape. Read about stone circles and crannogs. Learn about the Celtic people and Gaelic language. Discover the arts and music of modern Scotland. Find out more about haggis even if you do not intend to eat one.
Maps
 
Get interactive maps of Argyll and Bute and, for those traveling by foot, plot your route with the help of ordnance survey maps.
Books
 
Books are a great way to introduce younger children to a new adventure and get teens and tweens ready for a family trip. Take a journey through Scottish literature and explore Scotland through tartan myths and books. Learn more about Scottish authors such as Alexander Scott and Robert Louis Stevenson. Get recommended reading lists for family travel to Scotland and find age appropriate children's books that are designed to spark the interest kids and go beyond Peter Pan.
Music & Sound
 
There is more to Scottish music than bagpipes. Scotland has a rich tradition of music and song. Learn more about Scottish ballads, fiddle and accordion bands as well as strathspeys and reels. But don't limit your exploration of sound to music. Explore Scottish wildlife through song. Listen to Peregrine and Black Grouse as well as other species of birds and learn to identify birdcalls before you depart on a trip to Scotland.
News
 
There is more than the BBC in Scotland for news. Read Scottish news online and brush up on Scottish current events from politics to economics and from sports to entertainment. Discover what the Scots are reading.
Scottish Newspapers
Scotsman.com
The British Library
Kids' Stuff
 
There are a variety of online resources that make preparing for a family holiday in Scotland fun. Use online resources to learn more about Scotland. From haunted castles to history and wave powered stations there's lots of neat stuff about Scotland that is interesting and exciting. Find out whose ghost wanders the halls of the castles you plan to visit. Discover how wave power works and why this and other types of renewable energy are important.
Haunted Castles
Rampant Scotland
History of Scotland
Academic Kids
Wave Powered Stations
TIME for Kids
Organizations
 
Associations and non-profit organizations can be a valuable resource as well as a means to get involved. Find out more about a few of the organizations involved in the conservation of nature and the environment as well as the preservation of Scotland's cultural heritage. Learn about entities that promote access and work to improve conditions for walkers in Scotland.
Nature and the Environment
Scottish Wildlife Trust
Forestry Commission
Cultural & Natural Heritage
The National Trust for Scotland
Working for Walkers
The Ramblers
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