Photo courtesy of Kingsmills Hotel website

In the heart of Inverness, the Scottish Highlands historic capital, is The Kingsmills Hotel & Kingsclub. This four-star hotel offers impeccable Scottish hospitality, luxurious rooms, and great dining. Known for its warm open doors, The Kingsmills Hotel has hosted guests everywhere from philanthropists to soldiers seeking refuge. Colleen and her family were able to spend a few nights at this historic hotel and were made to feel right at home.

The Scottish Highlands are located under a beautiful arch of sky that is surrounded by snow capped mountains and rugged coastlines. The city of Inverness is surrounded by booming businesses, award-winning distilleries, and isolated fortresses. This area of the British Isles is perfect for you and your family if you’re looking to be surrounded by beautiful scenery and loads to do!

Photo courtesy of Hotel Indigo Glasgow website

Longing to stay in the historic city of Glasgow? Hotel Indigo is a vibrant boutique hotel that is perfect for families. With each floor of the hotel decorated to showcase different periods in Glasgow history, you’ll be sure to enjoy an inviting stay here.

With an unlimited amount of restaurants to try, people to meet, and sites to see, Glasgow offers some of the greatest tourist attractions in Scotland. Whether your family would like to take a bike ride throughout the countryside, or visit the Glasgow Cathedral, this city has everything to suit your family’s vacation needs.

Some additional tips and fun facts:

  • If you’re staying at The Kingsmills Hotel, ask where you can run into some Highland Cattle – they make for a great photo opportunity!
  • Hotel Indigo offers its visitors complimentary mini bar items with every stay.
  • Be sure to ask the concierge where to eat and visit while at each location – they have some great suggestions!
  • Packing an umbrella and raincoat will help when coming in contact with Scotland’s unpredictable weather.


Not only that, Scotland’s hits the mark when it comes to fine dining options. Be sure to grab a bite to eat when you’re there!

If you’re looking for a place filled with great local people and live music, The Hootananny is the place to go! With “jam nights” open to the musicians of the area, you’ll be sure to enjoy a generous plate of fish and chips over some catchy tunes. Colleen and her family joined them for a bite to eat and a night of traditional Scottish dancing.

If any parents are interested in tasting some of Scotland’s finest whisky while in the area, Glen Ord Distillery won’t disappoint. As one of the oldest distilleries in Scotland, Glen Ord malts, ferments, and distills its own whiskies. They offer different packages to choose from that include distillery tours, exhibition viewings, and tastings.

Visiting Scotland without trying haggis is like visiting Disney World and failing to see Mickey Mouse! No matter which restaurant or pub you decide to eat at, Scotland’s national dish of haggis will be on the menu. With a taste and texture similar to meatloaf, Colleen and her family thoroughly enjoyed their first encounter with this traditional Scottish food.

Some additional tips and fun facts:

  • Looking to enjoy some live music? Check out The Hootenanny’s events page to find out when to catch the local bands!
  • If you’re touring Glen Ord Distillery, Kirstin was a phenomenal tour guide with answers to all of our questions!
  • Ordering haggis over a bed of mashed potatoes makes for a great meal or appetizer.

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