Scotland’s family friendly festivals

Scotland’s festival season is upon us and the country is set to welcome music, magic and mayhem as a host of summer festivals kick off.

While Edinburgh, known as Scotland’s Festival City, can claim to host some of the biggest and most recognised events, for families considering a trip to join Scotland’s cultural celebrations, it can often be the hidden gems and more intimate festivals that appeal.

Events such as Stirling’s music and arts festival Doune the Rabbit Hole and Perth’s Highland Games are regarded by some as more relaxed and personal, making them ideal for families keen to dip their toe into the pool of music, arts and entertainment.

One of the country’s best known family festival forays is Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival. Taking place just outside Inverness in the town of Beauly, the event has a designated family camping site and a children’s area, Tir nA nOg.

Sand art, knitting, an ice rink, animal handling, magic shows and music at Tir nA nOg are all designed to keep youngsters busy while mum and dad relax. 

Buses run hourly at peak travel times from Inverness Bus Station to the festival, meaning that those travelling with Caledonian Sleeper can arrive into Inverness Train Station in the morning before taking a five minute walk to board the festival bus to Beauly.

Belladrum’ family-friendly atmosphere impressed Caledonian Sleeper so much that we have sponsored their Tir nA nOg children’s area this year. The festival runs from 4 - 6 August. For more information visit

Images courtesy of Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival

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