I am planning to visit Scotland for 4-5 days in the first week of September with my family which includes 4 and half year old twin kids. As I do not drive, I am looking for options to cover the most important places by public transport. I am ok with private tours too, but looks like the tour operators do not accept children less than 5 year olds. Is there any tour agency which allows 4.5 year old kids? If not, could someone be kind enough to share some itinerary or suggestions on which places to visit in those 4-5 days with public transport? We are very much interested in enjoying the natural beauty of Scotland. I am planning to arrive in Edinburgh via train from Milton Keynes. I should also mention that I am not too keen on visiting Glasgow.
The public Tansport in Scotland is very good. You can go by bus, they accept children. From Edinburgh you can do day trips..
How many, including the weans, are in the group? You'll find that public transportation (train, bus, and ferry) will get you just about anywhere in Scotland, but are you merely planning day trips out of Edinburgh, or will you be staying overnight once you arrive at your destination?
If it's not too personal a question, why not Glasgow?
Be aware that there is talk of keeping mask protocols through at least the end of the year in Scotland, so if it's next month that you're planning to travel, be prepared for some inconvenience. I don't know how that will affect the youngsters.
Anyway, happy travels!