17 December 2022
Family-friendly locations to go mountain hiking are not always the easiest to find. There are places to stay that are geared more toward adult groups and can therefore be a bit more rowdy and raucous in the evenings.
We have looked for the best hotels and camping/glamping locations for families to stay at which are near mountain hiking locations and have listed them below.
Nestled on the banks of Loch Shiel, near Fort William, the Glenfinnan House Hotel is a comfortable and welcoming family retreat within sight of the UK’s highest mountain Ben Nevis. There are many other mountains nearby that are a lot easier to climb than that though, so don’t worry.
There is also the added attraction of being able to ride the “Hogwarts Express” over the iconic Glenfinnan viaduct. Fans of Harry Potter will have a magical time and as for those who aren’t that interested in fictional wizards, we’re sure they will muggle along somehow. The hotel also welcomes dogs and children under 12 stay for free.
This lovely camping and glamping site is perfect for children, with much to amuse them in the nearby vicinity. Set in the picturesque Yorkshire Dales near some of the best mountain and hill walking in the UK, this site has ample room for children to play, excellent facilities on-site and is five minutes from a local pub with lovely outdoor seating area and good food.
Hesketh Farm Park is nearby and allows children to learn about farming and feed the animals, as well as go on tractor rides. There is even a local volunteer-run railway with their own Thomas the Tank Engine. What better reason to choo-choose to stay at Catgill Farm?
Surrounded by the Shropshire hills, this 4 star hotel offers stylish but affordable family-friendly accommodation. A well-beloved haunt of walkers, the Castle Hotel is set in an area of outstanding natural beauty and offers guided walks. Kerry’s Ridgeway, the Shropshire Way and Offa’s Dyke are all within easy walking distance of the hotel. Castle Hotel also welcomes pets free of charge.
Bishop’s Castle is a small, bustling market town with quirky independent shops and a well-managed programme of arts and entertainment on offer. There is something for all of the family here.
On the banks of Loch Katrine, in the midst of Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park, this is a simply stunning trip. The Eco Lodges themselves are beautifully maintained and well specced and the views of the sunset over the Loch have to be seen to be believed. Boat trips on the Loch and cycle hire are available, and the on-site restaurant is excellent.
The lower slopes of Ben A’an are only a short distance away and will afford the family a brilliant mountain hiking experience. This is one not to be missed.
A short distance from Brecon, in the heart of the Brecon Beacons National Park, this glamping venue is perfect for all of the family. The pods make for a great family trip, with hot tubs to ease the pain of long hikes and outdoor seating areas with BBQs to get some delicious food on the go.
The scenery is nothing short of stunning and there are countless walks in the near vicinity. Unfortunately, no dogs are allowed in the pods but that is a small downside, given the quality of both the location and the accommodation.