10 Family Pleasing activities in Edinburgh, Scotland
Victoria Street - inspiration for Diagon Alley

10 Family Pleasing activities in Edinburgh, Scotland

Check out Daigon Alley! Not at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Orlando or Hollywood, but in Victoria Street in Edinburgh, Scotland, where J.K. Rowling famously wrote the first Harry Potter book while seated in a local coffee shop.

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On a multigenerational cruise with Windstar in Scotland
Windstar cruise map

On a multigenerational cruise with Windstar in Scotland

The 91-year-old had chosen the Windstar Star Legend, a 212-passenger ship for a cruise with her 17-year-old grandson— one of three yachts without the line’s famous sails that the company has recently acquired from Seabourn

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At Gleneagles, falconry is more than for the birds
Eileen and Margo at Gleneagles

At Gleneagles, falconry is more than for the birds

Margo is a Harris Hawk at the British School of Falconry here on the grounds of the historic Gleneagles Hotel, the first in the country and extremely popular with kids. In fact, we had an audience as I was learning to hold Margo and let her fly.

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Gleneagles: a world-famous golf resort, now family friendly
Kids golfing at Gleneagles

Gleneagles: a world-famous golf resort, now family friendly

Of course, Gleneagles is known for golf — it is home to three of Scotland’s best championship courses and it is where the 2014 Ryder Cup was played. But today, only 30 percent of guests play golf — and some of them may be kids taking lessons.

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Gleneagles Hotel in Scotland – a foodie paradise
Chefs table at Gleneagles Deseo restaurant

Gleneagles Hotel in Scotland – a foodie paradise

What is vacation without good food and Gleneagles Hotel certainly delivers. It is home to Andrew Fairlie, chef of Scotland’s only two Michelin-starred restaurant. But the other restaurants offer something special as well—maybe trying Scottish food for the first time.

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Gleneagles: Famous for golf but beloved by UK and US families
Walking in the maze at Gleneagles

Gleneagles: Famous for golf but beloved by UK and US families

Gleneagles is known for golf—it is home to three of Scotland’s best championship courses but today, only 30 per cent of guests play golf and Gleneagles is a kid-friendly resort that draws families from the United Kingdom as well as the United States back year after year

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At Scotland’s Fort George: a youth bagpipe band outperforms
One of the youngest band members

At Scotland’s Fort George: a youth bagpipe band outperforms

Tour buses took us to Fort George, where the Inverness Youth Band with 30-plus members --drummers as young as nine and led by adults are “Beating Retreat,” performing a traditional military ceremony 16th Century England.

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The Miracle of Camp 60 – in the Orkney Islands north of Scotland
The Italian Chapel in the Orkney Islands

The Miracle of Camp 60 – in the Orkney Islands north of Scotland

In the Orkney Islands, north of Scotland, our cruise excursion takes us to an unexpected place: The Italian Chapel at a former POW camp, also known as The Miracle of Camp 60.

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