How To Improve Holidays With Children

Where to spend New Year's Eve? Scotland, of course

If you're stuck for something to do with the children on New Year's Eve, I've got some good news. Rumour has it that Scotland still has some space left, so here's your last chance to treat your brood to a mini-break they'll never forget.

There's even a little bit of room left in Edinburgh, the capital of all things Hogmanay. The city really pushes the boat out, with tons for the kids to enjoy: the torchlight procession, fairground rides and street parties for starters.

Celebrate in style at Rocco Forte's Balmoral Hotel (0131-556 2414; roccofortecollection. com) which is offering a five-star kids' programme. Your mini revellers will be greeted with goodies and gifts, and the whole family then gets a slap-up Hogmanay meal and a front-row castle view to enjoy the fireworks at midnight.

Alternatively, head for the newly refurbished four-star Royal Terrace Hotel (0131-557 3222; royalterracehotel.co.uk), where you and your brood can dance until the wee small hours at the Hogmanay Ball.

Dundee does a pretty good job too of bringing in the new year. The Apex City Quay (0845 365 0000; apexhotels.co.uk) is offering an alluring two-night family package with mince pies, mulled wine, a five-course dinner and dance, and a piper at midnight. Its new kids' programme caters brilliantly for little ones, with free DVDs, healthy kids' menus, a child-friendly swimming pool and more.

But if you just want to escape from it all, Ecosse Unique (01835 822277; unique-cottages.co.uk) still has some availability left. Book Tarbert Cottage, which overlooks its own loch in the hills of Morvern, and you'll be perfectly placed for your very own family Hogmanay. Pack some bagpipes and your little party animals will love you for ever.

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