If you’re looking for places to keep the kids entertained during the School holidays, Scotland is packed with activates to keep even the fussiest child happy! With everything from vibrant cities to historic castle ruins ready for exploring, there’s plenty to keep children and adults entertained. Make the most of your trip to Scotland with this guide to the best locations for children:
Edinburgh Family Attractions
Edinburgh is one of the largest cities in Scotland and it’s filled with a range of activities to enjoy. Kids will love observing the battlements and walking through Edinburgh Castle’s ancient halls. There are also numerous shopping centres and boutique stores where you can find a wide selection of toys and children’s clothes. Active children will love the famous Gambado Indoor Play Centre which gives them the chance to burn off any excess energy safely and quickly. Alternatively, treat your little monkeys to a day out at Edinburgh Zoo! When you’re there, don’t miss the world famous pandas, Sunshine and Sweetie. If you want to sneak some education into the trip, check out the Museum of Childhood. The museum found in Edinburgh’s old town, has a fascinating range of children’s toys and games dating back to the 18th century.
Isle of Arran
This island is nineteen miles wide and is the most southern in all of Scotland. However, good things come in small packages. The beaches located throughout this region are pristine and perfect for a family picnic. As the climate tends to be much more temperate in southern Scotland, it’s more than likely that the entire family will get some much needed sun and parents can relax as their children play in the nearby water. For parents needing a well-deserved break, take a trip to The Playbarn in Brodick and let them run wild in the three tier mega softplay that includes a picnic area for when the sun comes out.
Explore The Highlands & Islands
What child does not love to explore an old shipwreck or an ancient stone settlement? This region in northern Scotland will certainly not disappoint. There are numerous sites for the entire family to appreciate and young children will especially enjoy letting their imaginations run wild as they explore the ancient castle ruins that the Highlands are known for. If your child loves wildlife then the Cairngorms National Park is unmissable. This scenic area is home to a range of wildlife such a deer and eagles, and there are a fantastic range of outdoors activities that children of all ages can participate in.
Glasgow for Tourists
Glasgow is one of the most modern and bustling cities in the entire country and there is a range of children’s activities to be found here. One of the main attractions is the Glasgow Science Centre and its many interactive displays. Other venues that are sure to captivate a budding imagination include the Lagoon Leisure Centre, the Scottish Mask and Puppet Centre and the Jurassic Jungle Soft Play Area. Even on a rainy day there’s plenty to keep children of all ages entertained in Glasgow.
Fiona is an avid travel blogger and writes for LHH Scotland, leading provider of luxury holiday accommodation across Scotland.