Overnight Breaks, Travel

Eco-Friendly Scottish Holiday Ideas

eco friendly scottish holiday ideas

After some eco-friendly Scottish holiday ideas? I have some fantastic suggestions for you today!

After many years of holidaying in Scotland, from the Rhins of Galloway in the far south to the Highlands in the far north, I can safely say Scotland has some amazing places to visit. And equally, it has some amazing places to stay.  I’ve been doing a search for Scottish holiday ideas for future flight-free holidays at home. I’ve come up with some amazing eco-friendly Scottish holiday ideas in various parts of Scotland, that I thought I’d share with you today.

Eco-Friendly Scottish Holiday Ideas

If you’re looking for some ideas for your next eco-friendly Scottish holiday then do check out some of these great places to stay:

Achiltibuie, Ross and Cromarty

achiltibue eco-friendly scottish holiday ideas

The Brochs of Coigach can be found in Achiltibuie, about 2 hours west of Inverness. This beautiful eco-friendly house has been built externally from almost all recycled materials.  With wood from an old Victorian pier recovered from the sea, still with limpets on it; to the rocks from broken-down walls on their land – the Brochs of Coigach has been thoughtfully and carefully constructed to the greatest detail.  

Ross and Cromarty is a rambler’s paradise, with lots of stunning walks – from hills, lochs, and beaches. With nature aplenty, it makes a great eco-friendly place for a Scottish holiday.

There are two houses – a one-bedroomed, and a three-bedroomed cottage. Each comes equipped with everything you will need for a fantastic self-catering holiday.  Prices start from £1560 a week.

Inshriach, Aviemore

the beermoth aviemore

For the second of my eco-friendly Scottish holiday ideas, I’ve found The Beer Moth!  Situated at Inshriach, a secluded estate not far from the Highland hotspot of Aviemore, it is one that appeals to me a lot.  Although isn’t family-friendly – strictly couples only!

In a former life, the Beer Moth was a fire truck. However, it has since been transformed into a unique and unforgettable hideaway for two.  Featuring an oak parquet floor rescued from a Tudor mansion, a hearth made from a salvaged snooker table slate, a wall from a doghouse, and stairs fashioned from a fire escape, the Beer Moth is the ultimate in reusing and recycling.

inside the beermoth

It certainly looks cosy! And with the addition of a wood burner, you can be sure that you’ll be kept warm.  There’s no electricity, but surely that just adds to the romance?!

It comes complete with a little kitchen, and range cooker, for all your self-catering needs:

beermoth kitchen on an eco-friendly holiday in Scotland

Separate washing facilities are on hand, so you won’t have to forgo a nice hot shower after a day roaming the Highlands!

The Inshriach estate is somewhere I have visited a lot during one of our many holidays in the Highlands. I can say from experience that it truly is one of the most beautiful areas in Scotland.  There are lots of activities in and around Aviemore for all ages, and fitness levels. Whether you want gentle strolls around lochs, a gentle cycle on the many cycle paths, or some vigorous climbing or skiing, Aviemore has it all.  Do check out my guide on things to do in Aviemore for my top suggestions.

The Beer Moth costs from £72 a night, and the minimum stay is two nights.

Stirling, Stirlingshire

Bramble Bield Stirling

For the third of my Scottish holiday ideas, try the caravans at Bramble Bield, near the historic city of Stirling.  The caravans are another unusual eco-friendly find, sleeping two if you fancy a romantic break, or sleeping four if you fancy a unique family holiday.

Every morning you’ll be delivered breakfast comprising of freshly baked bread, croissants, and Danish pastries. And if you’re lucky you’ll get eggs from their hens.

Each caravan is adorned with luxury bedding and fairy lights. In terms of facilities, you’ll find tea and coffee-making facilities, as well as a heater to keep you cosy on nippy nights. Outdoor tables and chairs are provided at each caravan for outdoor summer dining, and a communal campfire allows you to toast marshmallows on starry nights.

In Stirling, you’ll find the stunning Stirling Castle and other historic sights such as the Wallace Monument. There are also tonnes of outdoor activities in the Stirling area.

Prices start from £60 a night, and again, the minimum stay is two nights.

I hope you’ve enjoyed these eco-friendly Scottish holiday ideas!  All I can think is gosh, can I go on holiday now, please?!

Children, Families

Recycled Craft Ideas For Kids To Do At Home

kids recycled craft ideas

Kids getting bored? Here are six clever recycled craft ideas for kids to do at home using the contents of your recycling bin!

If you are running out of things to keep your kids occupied then I’ve got some great, free recycled craft ideas for kids made from the contents of your recycling bin for your kids to tackle.  

All the crafts are super fun and great for nursery school-aged kids and up. In saying that, adult supervision and in some cases, help, is definitely required.

6 Recycled Craft Ideas For Kids To Do At Home

kids recycled craft ideas

Here are the six recycled craft ideas for you and your kids to try out:

1. Tin Can Telephone Craft

tin can telephone craft made from recycled materials

The old favourite!  This craft needs a fair bit of help from adults but is great fun.  

Wash out two tin cans that ideally have been opened with a smooth edge tin can opener to avoid any sharp edges.  If that’s not possible, you can cover the edge with tape to make it safe. Then use a nail and hammer to make a hole in the bottom. Tie a long bit of string between the two (with the knot on the inside of the can) and start talking.

Image via Made By Joel

2. Recycled Tin Can Stilts Craft For Kids

tin can stilts

Sticking with cans for the moment, they also make great stilts.  Larger tins are best for older kids if you have them, otherwise, stick to small cans for littler people. Again, an adult is needed here for this particular kid’s craft idea.

To make tin can stilts, use a nail and hammer to make two holes on the bottom edge. Then tie a loop of string through for your kids to hold on to. The decoration is then all down to your kids.

Image via The Mud Pie Makers

3. Crafty Toilet Roll Owls

owls made from recycled toilet roll tubes craft

Empty toilet roll tubes make great owls and are a simple craft idea that kids will love to make at home.

Simply push two edges of the toilet roll tube together at one end to make the ears and then grab a pen and start colouring. Alternatively, if you have some coloured paper from an old magazine, your kids can start cutting and sticking.  You can even hang them up afterwards with some string to make a lovely display!

Image via Sew Gorgeous

4. Plastic Bottle Bowling

bowling made from recycled plastic bottles

If you happen to have a couple of plastic bottles in your recycling (I like a bit of sparkling water now and again – a guilty pleasure – so often have a plastic bottle kicking about in the recycling bin) then collect them up to make your own recycled bowling set.

Kids can decorate the outside of the bottles however they like. Another fun way to decorate them is to squirt a bit of paint inside, screw the lid on tight, and then get your kids to shake it until the inside is completely coated. When they’re done, line them up and use a light ball as your bowl.  Striiiiiike!

5. Crafty Bottle Cap Memory Game

memory game using recycled bottle lids craft

For this craft idea for kids, you’ll need quite a collection of identical bottle caps for this game.

Inside each bottle cap stick a bit of paper with a number on it, or a small picture (as long as you have a duplicate). Use each number/image twice and then lay them out neatly. You turn over two each go, and the aim of the game is to pick two of the same. When you’ve picked a pair, take them out of the game and keep on going. The person with the most pairs at the end wins.

Image via Crafty Beats

6. Recycled Tin Can Drums

recycled tin can drums

Back to the tin cans with this other old kids’ craft favourite.  This time, a drum, made from a tin can and a balloon.  You can add some stale rice into the mix too if you’re in the market for a headache, or if you’ve got a babysitter/grandparents coming around!  

To make, simply add a handful of rice or lentils to your empty can.  Tape the end of the tin if it’s sharp. Next cut the end off the balloon and then stretch this over the top of your can.  Then secure it in place with an elastic band and you’re done.

How to make noise with it? Some chopsticks or skewers will make good drumsticks.  However, you might want to cover the ends of the sticks with large balls of plasticine to stop them from poking their eyes.

Image via Mini Eco

What are your favourite recycled craft ideas for kids? I also have some more eco-friendly crafts – try this fun statement necklace made from old buttons or this cushion cover made from an old jumper.

Happy crafting!