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Family-friendly days out in Scotland

Quite rightly proud of its heritage, Scotland is stuffed to the gills with castles, grand houses, ancient sites and stunning villages, all set against a backdrop of spectacular and varied scenery; mountains, lochs, moors and beautiful coastline. The scenery affords sporting enthusiasts plenty of opportunities to get out and enjoy it with the likes of with horse-riding, trekking, fabulous fishing and glorious bike rides.

Edinburgh, Scotland’s capital, is a beautiful city, with medieval streets and newer Georgian additions, set against the mountains with the Edinburgh Castle looming over everything. The Royal Mile is a shoppers delight but is also home to some treasures, including the Museum of Childhood and the Museum of Edinburgh, a good place to start to get a fascinating insight into this city. Holyrood Park, The Royal Botanic Gardens and West and East Princess Street Gardens are great places for a scamper.

Glasgow, Scotland’s largest city is a great mix, with austere Victorian buildings that belie the friendliness of the people. It’s packed with museums and galleries, a cultural paradise topped with a vibrant nightlife and plenty of family-friendly activities. Head to the Glasgow Science Centre, which runs fun workshops, the Riverside Museum, or the Tall Ship, which is just alongside - kids will love exploring this impressive vessel from top to bottom.

Castles litter Scotland’s landscape, from barely standing moody rocks to huge impressive monuments that look pretty much the same as the day they were completed. Perched by lochs, on sheer cliffs, alone on islands and in the middle of forests - there are castles here for everyone, often complete with bloody history to keep the kids interested. The barely standing ones are perfect for kids to clamber around, while the well-maintained ones often run family-friendly activities from treasure trails, interactive elements, talks and gruesome tours. Check out Stirling Castle, Glamis Castle, Fyvie Castle and Cawdor Castle (Macbeth’s fictional home) to name but a few.

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  • National Museum of Scotland

    The history of Scotland presented in one excellent venue catering to everyone from tots up.

  • Edinburgh Zoo

    A conservation-minded zoo where all ages can learn about koalas and other wildlife, cuddly and otherwise.

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