We wanted a nice relaxing holiday after the hectic touring holiday we had in Rome so when we found a Monday to Friday stay in a Caravan in Scotland through Hoseasons we just booked it in for £120. It was a 4 and half hour drive with no traffic so we got up Monday morning all the car packed up ready for the holiday and we set off. We called at a stop half way up the M6 and had McDonalds. It was cheaper and better value to use the saver menu than it was to do the Happy Meal with Toy so we picked off this for the kids. Cost of £15 to feed 6 of us which is great for the services.
When we arrived we had to wait until 4pm to check into our Caravan and when we did we had a walk up to the arcades and the outdoor play area. I had a sit down on the swing and took a look at the breath-taking view. It was beautiful. It wasn’t the best of weathers but it wasn’t too cold or rainy for October just a little chill in the air so we needed boots, coats and hats but other than that it wasn’t as bad as I thought Scotland in October would be.
The first day we just took a walk down to the village and stayed on the resort where there was a swimming pool, DVDS playing in the main hall, a pub, a small arcade and then an outdoor play area that would amuse the kids for a few hours. They also had evening entertainment and a kids club if you wanted to get involved. The caravan was very basic, you have to provide your own towels, toilet roll and washing up liquid but I guess that is fine for the price so long as they specify you need these. The caravan unfortunately didn’t have anywhere to fit our travel cot so we as parents had to share the sofa bed with a toddler, which as any parent knows they just take so much of the bed its impossible and uncomfortable to sleep with them as you can’t really relax. You sort of end up laid on your side like a penguin position which is just awkward.
On the Tuesday we took a ferry at the bottom of the hill over to the Isle Of Bute. The ferry cost £20 for us as a family return and takes around 35 minutes. The kids enjoyed standing on the back decking and watching us leave Weymess Bay and also setting off from Bute on the way back. We decided to go as foot passengers but they also have facilities to take your car or van over. There wasn’t really much in Bute apart from a row of shops. The castle was closed due to Ill health but it around £20 for a family ticket and you can see most of it from outside the bars if you just walk around. The museum is only open at certain times, however the library was large and nice and very welcoming. The ladies bought us crayons and colouring paper over, there were a few toys and a child seating area to relax.
On Wednesday we caught a train to Glasgow. The train station is a 5 minute walk down the resort and across the road so easy to get to. Train cost £16 for us as a family return and took about 40 minutes each way. Only Bradley had been on a train before so it was an experience for the others and Kylo kept calling it Thomas. In Glasgow it was a shame the attractions were so far away. The Transport museum we wanted to go to was a 48 minute walk away and unfortunately on the day we went it was chucking it down with rain so we didn’t get there. We ended up having a walk around town, entering some galleries and having a visit round those and then having some food at Pizza Hut before getting the train back to the caravan.
On Thursday we had planned to go to Finlaystone Estate and park and then on to the Lamont Project to see the animals and have a run around but the weather had turned to rain. We had also hoped to go to Scotland’s Theme park on the Friday on the way home but again the rain ruined it for us so we decided to go home early on the Thursday which was a shame but we had to expect some bad weather for Scotland.
An overall review of the attraction was okay as it is well placed for the ferry and also Train, great if you drive and can get to other places as well but probably better to go in the Summer months or when the weather is expected to be a little nicer.