Being a Scottish Travel Blogger can be a lot of work but it’s worth it when you can stay somewhere like this. Driving up to the Homelands Cottages in Lundin Links I knew straight away I was going to have a good night, I love somewhere with a view and what a view! Right over the Lundin Golf course towards the Firth of Forth and over to the Lothians. Imagine the sunsets… and I was even more excited when I unlocked the front door of our accommodation for the night. More on that soon….
After a quick unpack we headed down over the Golf course to the edge of the beach while there was still some light and after taking some photos we walked for a bit along the Fife Coastal Path which runs past the golf course to Pittenweem. Ultimately though it got far too cold so we headed back up to the cottage to get cosy and explore our wee house for the night.
Having a teenager myself I know how impossible it is to get them to even lift their heads up from their phones and computers. What they need is to get out and get some fresh air and exercise. Easier said than done you might say. Well yes, I don’t recommend taking them anywhere without a phone signal (what a disaster that would be – queue Kevin and Perry style huffing and puffing), at least not for any longer than a couple of days. But if your planning a trip to Scotland, or you live here and it’s the holidays and you are pulling your hair out I have came up with some ideas. Through a lot of experimenting I have came up with the following list of activities you can try out with your little bundles of joys, and you never know, you might even get a glimpse of that smile you haven’t seen since they were 11.
Remember, any activity you do has to be cool! Even though they might surprise themselves and actually enjoy themselves, what they are really thinking is how cool would this photo be on Instagram, or how cool will my pals think I am when I tell them what I’ve been doing (also good bargaining tools – think how good the photos would be on your instagram son).
1. Canoeing or Kayaking
There are canoe hire shops almost anywhere near a stretch of water. 90% of scots live within 10 miles of a canoeing site so it should be easy to find somewhere. Get them in a wet suit or buoyancy jacket and out into the water, especially somewhere stunning (photos!). It’s surprisingly easy if it’s a nice calm day and they should be pleased they managed to do it successfully. This was a good one for us and now we do it quite regularly. Elie Watersports in Fife hire out canoes and wetsuits, or you can have a go on a banana boat or paddle boat, or have a lesson windsurfing or sailing. NaeLimits near Grandtully in Perthshire also has loads of activities water based and land based from the easy to the build up one’s courage type of activity like cliff jumping and canyoning(!)