Wild Wanderings with @mylittlewildlings

 

 

This season our collection is inspired by the beautiful Highlands and Islands of Scotland!

We caught up with Zoe @mylittlewildlings who grew up in Edinburgh.

Zoe is a blogger and lifestyle photographer who loves days out with her husband and four gorgeous children.

We asked her to tell us about 'A day out in Scotland with the kids' ...

Where did you go for your Day Out in Scotland?

Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park.  It’s approx 1h 30 minutes from our home and is like being in the highlands, just not quite so long a drive for the kids. And it’s beautiful!

 

Why did you choose this location and is it a favourite spot for your children? 

It’s not too far and is full of adventures.  You can hike, camp and go on a cruise around the loch. Our kids just love being out in nature! So a national park is perfect. We brought the kids when they were much smaller and have always said we’d come back again.

 

Can you tell us how you are teaching your little ones about nature in Scotland?

We have raised 4 huge nature lovers.  For Christmas one year we invested in both a historical Scotland and National Trust pass and never looked back. We pay for it monthly and it has been one of the best things we’ve ever done.

We can choose a new park or castle each day of the week or visit our favourites as often as we like, so we always have somewhere new or old to explore.

 

 

Your days out are super popular and so full of exciting adventures.  How do you keep it fresh and exciting each time?

We have a map, pinned to the wall with little colourful pins. It’s full of places we’ve been and places we want to see. We always try and choose somewhere we’ve never been before, but sometimes old favourites win and we can’t help but visit again. We check the Visit Scotland website to make sure it’s a child friendly place and has toilets etc before we pack what we need and off we go!

 

 

 

 

 

Do you have any tips for parents on raising little eco-warriors – how to keep kids excited, interested, engaged in nature?

Lots of games! We collect sticks and stones for a (very competitive) game of tic tac toe in the woods, the kids draw their own nature treasure hunts and we see if we can find everything on the list. We make loo roll tubes with double sided tape and collect feathers and leaves and make some beautiful nature bracelets.  We take little notebooks and crayons for some rubbings around city adventures, or my favourite, puddle jumping!

 

 

Living in Scotland, what parts do you love the most?

We love a beach, rain or shine! And Scotland has so many gorgeous ones. Sandy beaches and rocky ones with lots of creatures to spot. We take some hot chocolate in one flask and some hot dogs in another and spend hours exploring down the seaside.

We recently went strawberry picking in the Scottish Borders, open fields of as much fruit as you can pick, some peas too!  It’s a really good day out. 

 

 

The Highland Wildlife Park in the Cairngorms national park is beautiful, we stopped by on a trip last year, it’s got polar bears and snow leopards and monkey island too!   Anyone from Scotland will be able to tell you that it rains a lot and the weather can change in an instant here, so having a back up plan if you don’t want to puddle jump is always a good idea!

Butterfly farm near Dalkeith is ace!  You can wander around and spot not only butterflies, but a rather large tortoise, some hens and if you are lucky some sweet little quail scurrying around too. They have animal talks throughout the day and you get to hold some of the wee beasties too if you are feeling brave enough.

 

 

 

Botanical gardens is a brilliant outdoor space, brimming with information on plants and animals you might come across.  They also have a glasshouse you can visit that’s filled with gorgeous plants and is a beautiful place to take some shelter if needed and it's the oldest glasshouse in Edinburgh with the city's oldest palm too!

 

The National museum is a huge indoor space and one of the best in Edinburgh. It’s full of history over six stories and will be guaranteed to have something for everyone.  It also has a cafe that does a really good scone!

 

 

Zoe's children are wearing Frugi's NEW autumn 2020 collection, OUT NOW at welovefrugi.com and from selected retailers.

 

 

 

To celebrate the launch of our new season @mylittlewildlings has a fab giveaway over on her Instagram channel!

You could win a £200 voucher to spend on the new collection!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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