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There's something magical about Scotland, perhaps it's the sunlight and mists, deep lakes and leafy forests, ghosts of Scottish clans, salt breezes and tangy mountain air. Traveling in Scotland with kids, will it be the mysteries of the Loch Ness, hiking through the Highlands, riding steam trains, or encountering stone castles on a lake at every turn in the road?

  The Highlands
Inverness – Loch Ness
Fort William
Loch Lomond
    Isle of Skye
Shetland and Orkney Islands
Dumfries and Galloway
kids books scotland
The Water Horse scotland childrens books  
The Water Horse
Dick King-Smith

Two kids find a strange egg on the beach, and when it hatches, they hide it in the bathtub. But their grandfather knows the little beastie is going to grow quite large, too large for a bathtub, the goldfish pond, even the local loch. A funny, warm-hearted Loch Ness monster adventure. (Chapter book)



Loch Ness is filled with tales of the Loch Ness Monster, a mysterious creature living in the deep, dark lake. There are legends of water beasts from centuries past, but also numerous eyewitness reports in recent times. People have taken movies and underwater photos, used submarines and sonar, analyzed DNA data from lake. The search for Nessie continues ... (Illustrated chapter book)


what do we know about the loch ness monster
This is Edinburgh childrens books  

Take a trip through Edinburgh, up Waverly Steps to Princes Street, visit monuments, gardens, bridges, the Castle, Holyrood Palace, plus fun facts (clan tartans, Scottish dress, famous people from Edinburgh). Fabulous, fun illustrations bring the city to life, this is a classic. (Picture book)



The ancient sword of Robert the Bruce has been stolen from an exhibition at Dunnottar Castle. Super sleuth Agatha and her cousin Dash are hot on the trail, searching the castle for clues, and uncovering the thief. (Chapter book)


the king of scotland's sword
the boggart
The Boggart
Susan Cooper

When Emily and Jess' family inherits a crumbling castle on Lismore Island in the middle of Loch Linnhe, the kids encounter the Boggart, a gleeful spirit that flitters about, likes bacon and sausage, and plays tricks before breakfast. (Chapter book)

For the latest adventure with the Boggart, Nessie and creatures of Wild Magic, when a real estate developer wants to turn Castle Keep into a five star resort: The Boggart Fights Back



Delightful story of how bagpipes might have been invented. Every night Charlie McCandlewick collects up bogles (all the things that knock, bump, wail and whisper in your house) and puts them in a thistle cloth bag. The bogles can't escape, but they make a lot of noise ... and Charlie creates something special. (Picture book)


bagpipes beasties and bogles
Aways Room for One More folk tale kids scotland  
Always Room for One More
Sorche Nic Leodhas, Nonny Hogrogian

Rollicking Scottish folktale, "There was a wee house in the heather …" And into the house, filled with ten kids, comes a tailor, a sailor, four peat-cutters, a shepherd lad, a bagpiper, all singing and dancing until ... something happens. (Picture book)


Mary Queen of Scots and All That
Allan Burnett, Scoular Anderson

Biography of Mary Queen of Scots, the queen who really lost her head, crowned as a baby in Stirling Castle, childhood in France, teenage ruler in Scotland, scheming and treacherous plots by her husbands, and a date with Elizabeth I's executioner. Good for older kids. (Illustrated chapter book)


Mary Queen of Scots
The Story of Scotland history childrens books  
The Story of Scotland
Richard Brassy, Stewart Ross

Humorous illustrated history of Scotland, from Skara Brae, to the Romans, Robert the Bruce, Mary Queen of Scots, Bonnie Prince Charlie, plus castles, legends, and famous figures. (Picture book)



Take a road trip around Scotland, use stickers to complete scenes, find the real Nessie, mazes, puzzles, coloring, learn about Scots history, traditions, animals and places.(Activity book)

Companion book with 250 stickers: A Super Scotland Sticker Book


scotland activity book
Katie in Scotland  
Katie in Scotland
James Mayhew

Katie goes on holiday in Scotland, starting with Loch Ness, where they meet Nessie, who decides to come along. Travel around Scotland, from the highlands to Edinburgh, where Nessie sings Scottish folksongs and they dance the Highland Fling. Delightful for younger kids. (Picture book)


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