Fab days out with the kids on Skye

There’s nothing quite so disappointing as a holiday where the kids are bored. Holidays on Skye can be surprisingly amazing fun with just a little planning put into how everyone can enjoy themselves. For example; recently my daughter and grandchildren came to stay for a few days. What to do? What to do? Then we remembered we had the same conundrum when my youngest daughter and granddaughter came to stay in 2014. How do you entertain young people between the ages of 4 and 13 on the Isle of Skye? The grown-ups want to see the sights and walk but for kids that can be pretty boring after the first day. So here are a few tried and (now) tested ideas that really work:

Geocaching (this is the prime key): – a great way to inject fun into every trip & walk which gives kids something to work out and discover, to look forward to and also to chat about after. Its basically a series of treasure hunts which breaks up even the most boring drive or the longest walk to your destination.

Beaches & Bays:

Fiskavaig Bay – a tiny bay which comes to life when the tide goes out. Numerous rock pools are there to explore, filled with anemones and tiny brightly coloured snails. Its great fun for kids.

Anemones in a rockpool at Fiskavaig Bay
Anemones in a rockpool at Fiskavaig Bay

Elgol & Loch Coruisk – So much to see: seals, boat trip across Loch Scavaig. The shortest river in the UK, great slabs of rock to clamber up and over, following Granddad across the stepping stones with the dogs, the honeycomb rock.

All aboard the Bella Jane to Loch Coruisk
All aboard the Bella Jane to Loch Coruisk
Common or Harbour Seals on rocks by Loch Scavaig near Loch Coruisk
Common or Harbour Seals on rocks by Loch Scavaig near Loch Coruisk

 

 

Leaping across the shortest river with Granddad
Leaping across the shortest river with Granddad
My lovely daughter Yvette standing in front of the honeycomb rock at Elgol
My lovely daughter Yvette standing in front of the honeycomb rock at Elgol

Staffin Beach – Dinosaur footprints – crashing waves, gooey sand, slippy slidey rocks and hunting for footprints that are a bit hidden by seaweed.

Searching for dinosaur footprints on Staffin beach
Searching for dinosaur footprints on Staffin beach

Coral Beach – a fab walk along the coastal path over a burn or two and up and over to see and explore the beach made up of fossilised seaweed.

Enjoying the spring sun on Coral Beach
Enjoying the spring sun on Coral Beach
Geocaching at Coral Beach
Geocaching at Coral Beach

Dunvegan Castle: There is a key hunt inside the castle this year for kids, and dungeons to discover. Simply great for young boys. Then there’s fab gardens with paths through the woods to charge through as well.

Its a family affair in the walled garden at Dunvegan Castle
Its a family affair in the walled garden at Dunvegan Castle

The Fairy Glen: – walking up a narrow track to the top of Castle Ewan. Being surrounded by strange hills and giant waterfalls. A great place for geocaching as the fairies are watching.

Geocaching with my lovely daughter Dee and Rachel
Geocaching with my lovely daughter Dee and Rachel (4)
Walking up the narrow path to Castle Ewan
Walking up the narrow path to Castle Ewan
Standing on top of Castle Ewan
Standing on top of Castle Ewan “Its so high up”
Climbing up onto Castle Ewan together.
Climbing up onto Castle Ewan together with Rachel and Dee.

There is so much more too: Just go explore its so much fun with all the family.

Racing up the hill at Dunn Beag, Struan. there's a geocache up there too. So something for everyone.
Racing up the hill at Dunn Beag, Struan. There’s a geocache up there too. So something for everyone.
"they're very big granddad" matching your footprint with a dinosaurs at Kilt Rock
“They’re very big Granddad” matching footprints with a dinosaurs at Kilt Rock

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