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Loch Ness

There's something magical about Scotland, perhaps it's the sunlight and mists, deep lakes and leafy forests, crumbling forts and ghosts of Scottish clans, salt breezes and tangy mountain air. Traveling in Scotland with kids, will it be the mysteries of the Loch Ness, the wild beauty of the Isle of Skye, windswept Outer Hebrides, or stone castles at every turn in the road? Contrary to stereotype, the Scots were warm and congenial to our family.

  The Highlands
Inverness – Loch Ness
Fort William
Loch Lomond
    Isle of Skye
Orkney and Shetland Islands
Dumfries and Galloway

Tip: Traveling through Scotland with kids, you'll hear about William Wallace, Robert the Bruce, Rob Roy and Bonnie Prince Charlie. On our blog read "Four Scottish Heroes" to find out history, adventures and sites of these legendary Scots.

kids books scotland
The Water Horse scotland childrens books  
The Water Horse
Dick King-Smith

Two kids find a strange egg on the beach, and when it hatches, they hide it in the bathtub. But their grandfather knows the little beastie is going to grow quite large, too large for a bathtub, the goldfish pond, even the local loch. A funny, warm-hearted Loch Ness monster adventure from author Dick King-Smith. (Chapter book)



Take a trip through Edinburgh, up Waverly Steps to Princes Street, visit monuments, gardens, bridges, the Castle, Holyrood Palace, plus fun facts (clan tartans, Scottish dress, famous people from Edinburgh). Fabulous, fun illustrations bring the city to life, this is a classic. (Picture book)


This is Edinburgh childrens books

Illustrated biographies of two legendary heroes of Scotland – William Wallace led the Scots to victory at Stirling Bridge (but was later betrayed); the warrior king Robert the Bruce battled the English and trounced them at Bannockburn. Good for older kids. (Illustrated chapter books)



The ancient sword of Robert the Bruce has been stolen from an exhibition at Dunnottar Castle. Super sleuth Agatha and her cousin Dash are hot on the trail, searching the castle for clues, and uncovering the thief. (Chapter book)


the king of scotland's sword
The Boggart
Susan Cooper

When Emily and Jess' family inherits a crumbling castle on Lismore Island in the middle of Loch Linnhe, the kids encounter the Boggart, a gleeful spirit that flitters about, likes bacon and sausage, and plays tricks before breakfast. (Chapter book)

For the latest adventure with the Boggart, Nessie and creatures of Wild Magic, when a real estate developer wants to turn Castle Keep into a five star resort: The Boggart Fights Back



Delightful story of how bagpipes might have been invented. Every night Charlie McCandlewick collects up bogles (all the things that knock, bump, wail and whisper in your house) and puts them in a thistle cloth bag. The bogles can't escape, but they make a lot of noise ... and Charlie creates something special. (Picture book)


Aways Room for One More folk tale kids scotland  
Always Room for One More
Sorche Nic Leodhas, Nonny Hogrogian

Rollicking Scottish folktale, "There was a wee house in the heather …" And into the house, filled with ten kids, comes a tailor, a sailor, four peat-cutters, a shepherd lad, a bagpiper, all singing and dancing until ... something happens. (Picture book)


Mary Queen of Scots and All That
Allan Burnett, Scoular Anderson

Biography of Mary Queen of Scots, the queen who really lost her head, crowned as a baby in Stirling Castle, childhood in France, teenage ruler in Scotland, scheming and treacherous plots by her husbands, and a date with Elizabeth I's executioner. Good for older kids. (Illustrated chapter book)


Mary Queen of Scots
Bonnie Prince Charlie and All That
Allan Burnett, Scoular Anderson

Read about the adventures of Prince Charlie (Charles Stuart) in his attempt to win Scotland from the English. It starts out well, but then his army is crushed at Colloden and Charlie has to escape across the Highlands. (Illustrated chapter book)


The Story of Scotland
Richard Brassy, Stewart Ross

Humorous illustrated history of Scotland, from Skara Brae, to the Romans, Robert the Bruce, Mary Queen of Scots, Bonnie Prince Charlie, plus castles, legends, and famous figures. (Picture book)

For older kids (boys especially), Horrible Histories: Scotland


The Story of Scotland history childrens books
scotland childrens books B is for Bagpipes  
B is for Bagpipes
Eve Begley Kiehm, Alexa Rutherford

Scotland from A to Z in quick rhymes and fun facts – from Auld Lang Syne, clans, dances, food, landmarks, kings and queens, to Zetland, the northernmost isles. (Picture book)


Edinburgh Unlocked
Colin Chisholm, Katherine Hardy

Kids' guide to Edinburgh, with lots of insider secrets, fascinating facts and the nitty gritty to plan your visit. Where can you wield a broadsword, explore an underground street, clamber over a castle, fly a kite in the city center, and more? (Guidebook)


kids guide scotland Edinburgh Unlocked
Katie in Scotland  
Katie in Scotland
James Mayhew

Katie goes on holiday in Scotland, starting with Loch Ness, where they meet Nessie, who decides to come along. Travel around Scotland, from the highlands to Edinburgh, where Nessie sings Scottish folksongs and they dance the Highland Fling. Delightful for younger kids. (Picture book)


(More children's books on other Scotland pages)
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