11 Best Family Hotels (Scotland Edition)

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Now restrictions due to COVID-19 are slowly beginning to ease you might be looking to plan a perfect family holiday little closer to home.

Whether you're looking to enjoy one of Scotland's exciting cities or the beautiful Scottish countryside there's a hotel that will be perfect for you and your family. Family-friendly hotels are plentiful in Scotland.

From the best of the best in luxury hotels, to quirky hotels and modern city centre accommodation, we have the ultimate list here for you!

1) Norton House Hotel and Spa - Edinburgh

Old-fashioned architecture of Norton House Hotel.
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Norton House Hotel is a mix of modern amenities, luxury and traditional elegance. This family friendly property is set slightly outside of the main city and is in 55 acres of gardens and grounds. So lots of open space for kids to play and run around.  You can also sit on the terrace overlooking some of this beautiful open space.

Your gourmet breakfast (one of the best in town) is included in your overnight stay. Oak-smoked salmon and scrambled eggs are the hotel's breakfast speciality, as well as sweet Belgian waffles for those in the family with a sweet tooth.  If you don't fancy going in to the city for dinner there is a Brasserie serving traditional Scottish food with a twist.

Treatments in the hotel's spa are only for adults, but there is a swimming pool that children can use during specially dedicated times everyday. Monday to Sunday timings are 9am to 11am and then 3pm to 7pm, so plenty of time to splash about! All the use of the luxury leisure facilities are included in the price of your room. There is also free WiFi for when you want to relax.

COVID-19 update:  Norton House Hotel is still closed according to the Scottish Government's advice. They are paying close attention to government updates and hope to open again very soon.

2) The Balmoral - Edinburgh

Luxurious bedroom decor.
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The Balmoral is the home of family friendly luxury in the heart of Edinburgh. Most rooms have the option of an extra fold out bed for children as well as a milk and cookies turndown service for younger guests. Expect special children's bed linen, slippers and robes.

The hotel currently is offering a special summer family package. This package includes 50% off an interconnecting room for two children, breakfast for the whole family as well as complimentary meals for children under three years old. There is also 50% off meals and drinks for children aged 4-12 years old included in this package. This stunning property not only provides luxury but the best, most friendly service and the bonus of free WiFi.

COVID-19 update: The Balmoral is still closed according to the Scottish Government's advice, however, they are inviting guests to return from August 1st 2020.

3) The Stevenson House - Edinburgh

Quirky bedroom decor.
© 2017 Leesa Tulloch

If you and your kids are fans of the Robert Louis Stevenson novel Treasure Island then you won't want to miss the opportunity to stay in the late author's Edinburgh home.

If you're looking for accommodation that's very homely and a little bit quirky on your family holidays to Scotland then this hotel is the place for your family. There are only two rooms to stay in so it's certainly worth booking in advance if you have a particular weekend or dates in mind.  Both the double bedroom and the twin bedroom include a breakfast with home-baked bread and jams as well as free WiFi during your stay.

COVID-19 update: The Stevenson House is still closed according to the Scottish Government's advice. As restrictions ease they hope to open soon. Go to their website for further enquires.

4) Sherbrooke Castle Hotel - Glasgow

Luxurious Sherbrooke Castle Hotel surrounded by greenery.
© 2020 Sherbrooke Castle Hotel

This child-friendly luxury hotel is set in beautiful private gardens in a southern suburb of Glasgow. Perfect if you want to be close to the city but need a little more peace and quiet in the mornings and evenings.

The hotel has free on-site parking and WiFi and each room includes a full Scottish breakfast. If you are staying in one of the cottage rooms, for an extra £30 you can bring your family pet, pet baskets and bowls are available too.

The on-site restaurant The Morrison offers an à la carte menu for lunch and dinner if you don't want to make the journey into the city.

COVID-19 update:  Sherbrooke Castle Hotel is now open for guests once again.

5) Ibis Styles Glasgow Centre West - Glasgow

Music-themed decor at Ibis Styles Glasgow.
© Gerardo Jaconelli 2018

This hotel is only a five minute walk from Glasgow Central Train Station, so perfect if you're arriving by train or you want to stay in the thick of the city.

Nearby you will find some of the best culture and entertainment that Scotland has to offer. You'll find Kings Theatre Glasgow, Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum and Glasgow Cathedral within walking distance. Culture and music are reflected in the hotel's decor, kids will love the funky vinyl record covered walls. This property is family friendly and has clean, modern and comfortable rooms as well as free WiFi for guests. The hotel has a child friendly breakfast buffet in the hotel's restaurant. There is also an on-site coffee shop in you need an extra caffeine boost before you explore the city.  

COVID-19 update:  Ibis Styles Glasgow Centre West is open and taking bookings. They have implemented physical distancing, cleaning and other safety features.

6) Macdonald Highlands Hotel - Cairngorms National Park

Hotel located in the beautiful highlands overlooking water.
© Macdonald Hotels 2020

Set in popular and stunning Scottish Highlands, this is a great choice for your Scotland family holidays.

With seven restaurants and bars and a huge range of leisure facilities, there is plenty for children of all ages.  These facilities include a golf course, indoor swimming pool and outdoor swimming pool as well as a soft play area especially for toddlers. There are plenty of family rooms available as well woodland lodges that are available for families to stay in, all with free Wifi. If you're looking for a taste of luxury as well as fun there are plenty of spa treatments available for grown-ups.

COVID-19 update: Macdonald Highlands Hotel reopened from 14 July 2020.

7) Nethybridge Hotel - Cairngorms National Park

Plush dining room at Nethybridge Hotel.
© Strathmore Hotels & GO4 Productions 2017

This family friendly luxury hotel is located in the heart of the Scottish Highlands. A stay here must include a few rambles through the majestic countryside to enjoy some of the most the stunning views Scotland has to offer. Family and triple rooms are available as well as a four poster room for extra luxury.

COVID-19 update: Nethybridge Hotel is reopened from 15 July 2020.

8) Cameron House - Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park

Grand facade of Cameron House, set in the Scottish countryside.
© 2020 Cameron House

Enjoy a 5 star luxury stay on the shores of Loch Lomond. Golf, boat and ramble to your heart's content, or however far little feet will take you. Family hotels rarely offer this level of luxury as well as friendly staff to help you make the most of your stay.

COVID-19 update:  Cameron Lodges remain temporarily closed. They are continuing to monitor the Scottish Government guidelines and will update their website with their opening details.

9) Tullie Inn - Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park

Cosy booths at the restaurant at Tullie Inn.
© 2020 Stonegate Pub Company

Tullie Inn offers en-suite family rooms, great pub food and a cosy child friendly atmosphere. Loch Lomond offers majestic views and a fabulous place to explore. Sit in the garden and sample their Sunday roast. This hotel offers a more relaxed feel than some of the other hotels on our list, friendly staff and hearty meals are the order of the day at the Tullie Inn.

COVID-19 update: Tullie Inn reopened on July 15 2020 in line with the Scottish Government's guidelines.

10) Malmaison Hotel - Dundee

Luxurious bedroom with picture of Dennis the Menace hanging on the wall.
© 2020 Malmaison

The Malmaison in Dundee offers luxury with a twist! Right opposite the V&A Dundee this hotel will be great for culture hungry families. You'll find fun artwork on the walls of the rooms as well as all the expected additions such as flat screen televisions, free Wifi, power showers and a place to make yourself a cup of tea or coffee. If you don't feel like making your own morning coffee, head down to breakfast where a range of fresh home-made pastries and breads are on offer as well as yoghurt and fresh fruit. Something for even the fussiest of eaters in the family.

COVID-19 update:  Malmaison Dundee reopened on 15 July with additional cleaning and distancing measures.

11)  Sleeperz Hotel  - Dundee

Modern design bedroom with bunk beds.
© 2020 Sleeperz

This modern design hotel is also opposite the V&A in Dundee. During your stay you can enjoy views over the Tay River and the new Waterfront Piazza.  Scotland holidays for families are made much simpler while staying in a modern and sleekly designed room. Staff are friendly and endeavour to make your stay as comfortable as possible.  Breakfast is served in the relaxed hotel restaurant and an all day menu of European fare is also available.

COVID-19 update: Sleeperz Hotel Dundee is open as of the 15 July with additional cleaning and distancing measures.

Note: Please check with the individual venue before making plans, as openings and restrictions are at risk of change due to COVID-19.

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