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  • Photographer: Roger Borgelid

Cycling with children on the island of Tjörn

Tjörn is the ideal cycling island for the whole family, with its picturesque roads and the sea never far away. Green cycling signs guide you along the cycle paths and trails around the island. The surface can vary from asphalt to gravel and other surfaces, all of which are suitable for cycling. You can use your own bike, or you can arrange to hire one that you can collect on arrival.

Children’s Watercolour Museum in Skärhamn

In the town of Skärhamn there is the Nordic Watercolour Museum. With its exciting art collections and exquisite location beside the sea and the Skärhamn bathing area, it is definitely worth a visit for families with children. The museum has an open workshop where old and young alike can put their creative talents to the test with a selection of brushes and water paints. Don’t miss the Discovery Bag at the entrance to the museum. Borrow! Play! Return!

Photographer: nordiska akvarellmuseet

Along winding roads to Pilane

A cycle ride away from Skärhamn is Sculpture in Pilane. You can wander at your leisure through the fields and discover numerous examples of playful art in the company of inquisitive sheep. The area was inhabited as far back as the Stone Age, and you can find stone circles, standing stones and burial stones dating from the Iron Age. Why not take your own lunch and have a picnic in the countryside. Your cycling trip will take you along wonderful cycle paths and meandering forest trails. From the square in Skärhamn you cycle partly along the cycle path and partly along a country road before you reach the roundabout and the paved cycle path heading towards Pilane. From the roundabout outside the town, green cycling signs will point you in the direction of Kyrkesund. At Säbygården you make your way across the field towards Brok, before cycling westwards towards the Pilane burial ground.

Photographer: Roger Borgelid

Second-hand bargains, fishing for crabs and delicious food

Follow the green signs from Skärhamn towards Rönnäng. Along the road you’ll pass small inlets and fields with grazing horses and sheep. You will then pass Aröd, and here, at the old farm at the junction before you head in the direction of Rönnäng and Bleket, you’ll find a cosy second-hand shop with all manner of objects to capture your interest.

In Bleket, there is a bathing area with a small sandy beach, rocks, a bathing jetty and a diving tower. You will also find an excellent selection of delicious organic bread and pastries at Lottas Bak & Form, where you can take a break for refreshments or buy something tasty to take away. Directly beside Lottas is Kajaktiv, where you can rent a kayak and receive instructions in how to use it.

Photographer: Roger Borgelid


If you make a detour over the bridge to the herring mecca of Klädesholmen, you will discover an attractive bathing area with floating jetties that are ideal for crab fishing, as well as a sandy beach, rocks and a diving tower. There is also the floating hotel Salt & Sill, with a restaurant that sources most of its ingredients from the sea. The children have their very own menu to choose from if they wish.

Take the ferry to a car-free island

South of Bleket , the cycle route takes you via Bleketskolan down to Rönnäng. From there you can take the ferry (which is part of the public transport system and operates according to a fixed timetable all year round) to the car-free islands of Dyrön and Åstol. You can park your bike beside the jetty before going on board.

Photographer: Roger Borgelid


On Dyrön, there is a walking trail. Steps, footbridges, handrails along the rock edges and ravines provide a walk around the island that is definitely an experience. The trail is not suitable for the very young. A walk directly across this small island (1 km) is something even the youngest children will enjoy. A pleasant stop along the way is the playground in the centre of the island. The destination for the walk, the ice cream cafe at Linas Brygga, is well worth the effort. Along the trail there are several bathing ladders leading directly down from the rocks into the sea. Why not book the family into the island’s very own sauna! For younger children there is an excellent bathing area with a small sandy beach, rocks and a bathing jetty just 300 metres from the north harbour.

From Dyrön, the ferry makes its way to the nearby, and even smaller, island of Åstol. In the harbour there is the music and fish restaurant Åstols Rökeri, with its own smokehouse and shop. In the middle of the island there is a small park with a playground. On the western side of the island you will find a pleasant bathing area with a waterslide and toilet facilities. Here there are rocks with bathing ladders down into the sea, although for young children there is also a protected saltwater pool where they can splash around.