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Visiting Scotland with family: the best locations

July 01, 2020

 

 

A Family Visit to Scotland with Nina Davidson

Nina Davidson is a French expatriate in Scotland. This young mother of three, Ada, Colette and Nicole, takes us on a city tour of her adopted region. She gives us her favourite guaranteed family friendly locations. Time for a summer break with Scottish pubs, beaches and strolls in the green hills!

Starting point: a stroll through Edinburgh 

Art of living in the Portobello district

Let's start with Edinburgh! The area of Portobello is Edinburgh's beach. It is a superb stretch of sand with a promenade and parks for the little ones. High Street, the main thoroughfare, is home to small independent shops that give a village feel to this suburb of the capital, including the adorable Portobello Bookshop.

Follow it on @portybooks

46 Portobello High St, Portobello, Edinburgh EH15 1DA, United Kingdom

 

A kid friendly pub: the Skylark

Take a break in the Skylark kid friendly pub! Of course I’m going to be a little biased here because it’s mine… We opened 8 years ago, a few days before my eldest was born. We serve a very small freshly prepared menu from an open kitchen. We have superb beers from Scottish micro-breweries, plus carefully selected organic and natural wines. 

Follow it on @skylarkporty

243 Portobello High St, Portobello, Edinburgh EH15 2AW, United Kingdom

 

The best Fish & Chips

Anstruther Fish Bar is the best fish and chips in my opinion. Get ready to line up for a traditional batteredhaddock with big fries. To eat in the fishing port. It's a bit of a detour because it's in the Kingdom of Fife, but it's worth it!

Follow it on @anstrutherfishbar

42 - 44 Shore St, Anstruther KY10 3AQ, United Kingdom

 

Secret places to visit in Scotland 

Against all expectations, I am going to recommend spots to visit in the Scottish Borders region, in the south of Scotland. Holidaymakers tend to arrive in Edinburgh before heading north into the Highlands. The Borders is the region south of Edinburgh and extends to England. It is full of completely isolated, beautiful and little known places. If you are looking to avoid other visitors, this is the place for you. 

 

The best spot for a picnic: St Mary's Loch 

From Edinburgh, go south, towards Innerleithen, then towards St Mary's Loch. This whole area is beautiful, with small and often single-track valley roads. The edge of the lake is very picturesque. There are no shops nearby, plan a picnic. Unfortunately the Tibbie Shiels Inn is no longer open to the public. For the record, it was the inn, pub and campsite of the valley, opened in 1824 by the great-great-great-great-great-grandmother of my daughters!

 

The most beautiful view point

The winding and hilly road from St Mary's Loch to Talla is one of the most beautiful there is I believe. The summit overlooks the reservoir from where the view is breathtaking.

 

We hope these pointers spur in you a dream of wanting to take a wee trip to Scotland! Thanks to Nina, follow her on her Instagram account for even more Scottish inspiration @petiteschoses_


Size guide

1. WHICH SIZE SHOULD I CHOOSE?

Our baby carriers are currently available in two sizes : T1 and T2. The fabric is stretchy enough to adapt as best as possible to both the wearer's and the baby's bodies. 

Generally, T1 suits sizes from S to M and T2 suits larger sizes.


Important: The fabric will soften and relax during use and as the baby grows. It’s normal that the baby carrier feel a little snug during the first use.

And since each body is unique, you can try it quietly at home to see if it suits you and if not, you can send it back for a refund ;)

2. THE SIZE IS TOO SMALL - BABY IS TOO SQUASHED

You may experience a feeling of tightness but the goal is ultimately that the baby is held firmly against you and does not move, just like with a classic carrier. For the newborn position, depending on the morphology of both the baby and the wearer, it can quickly become restrictive. You can therefore place them into the sitting position early by respecting their physiological position and the natural spacing of their hips. The seating position will feel less snug as the legs will be out.

Also, do not hesitate to flatten the fabric on your back to leave more on the front.

Important: The fabric will soften and relax during use and as the baby grows.

3. THE SIZE IS TOO LARGE - BABY IS TOO LOW

Indeed your child should not be too low, or at least the position should remain as comfortable for them as it is for you and your baby should remain within reach for kisses. If this is not the case, you can make a loop with the fabric on each shoulder. You can make a loop by twisting the side of the scarf and reversing the hems so that the fabric is shortened and the baby is slightly lifted (see video section).

You can also wash your sling (30° or Warm setting in the washing machine) so that the fabric shrinks back to the original size (the product cannot be reimbursed once washed).