Top Scottish attractions for a rainy day

Wednesday, 7 August 2019

What is going on with the weather this summer? One day it’s sunny and gorgeous, the next it feels like the deep, dark depths of autumn, then it’s back to hot and sunny. The joys of living in Scotland, eh?

For those days when it leaves you wondering if the rain is ever going to stop, we’ve put together a list of our favourite attractions for a rainy day. All of these attractions offer free entry for a child when you show a Kids for a Quid ticket too.

Aberdeen Science CentreA day out with a big bang

Just because it’s the school holidays doesn’t mean the learning has to stop. Every day’s a school day and all that… Visiting a Science Centre is a brilliant way to have an educational, but fun, day out. Seeing science in action with thrilling live science shows, and getting to play with hands-on exhibits, makes learning so much more appealing.

Both Dundee and Aberdeen Science Centres are great fun for a family day out. The exhibits are always changing so even if you’ve already visited this year, maybe it’s time for a return trip.

Both science centres are really easy to get to by train, with both a ten-minute walk from the railway station.

A splashing day out

While the weather may not have you craving more water, our aquarium attractions make a wet day a whole lot more fun. North Queensferry’s, Deep Sea World, has the UK’s longest underwater viewing tunnel and is a brilliant way to come face to face with lots of creatures from the deep. Lots of different events and talks take place throughout the day – see the seals getting fed, learn about the different animals and get hands on with some creepy crawlies.

Over on the west coast, Loch Lomond Sea Life Aquarium, provides a great insight into life in our waters. Get up close with over 1,500 creatures and get ready to go ‘aww’ over the playful family of otters.

Both attractions are really close to train stations, with Deep Sea World nestled right under the Forth Rail Bridge, a ten-minute walk from North Queensferry station.

You’ll find Loch Lomond Sea Life Aquarium a ten-minute walk from Balloch train station.

Scare the family silly

Bring your family closer together with a terrifying day out at The Edinburgh Dungeon. Getting scared together is a great way to bond, right?! The best thing about the Dungeon is that you truly feel like you’re living out the history of Scotland’s past. You’ll find yourself face to face with sinister characters, experiencing the effects of the plague and gripped by the live story-telling. The two rides will have you screaming for your life too. What a great way to spend a wet day!

You barely need to leave Edinburgh Waverley Station to reach the Dungeon, it’s a two-minute walk from the station.

The Scottish Football Museum and Hampden ExperienceKick away the summer blues

If any members of the family are football mad, then The Hampden Experience and Scottish Football Museum is sure to be a hit. Did you know that it’s home to the biggest collection of national football memorabilia in the world? Entry to the museum also includes a tour of the ground. Have the little ones live out their football dreams with a visit to the changing rooms before a walk down the tunnel to the pitch. You can’t visit a football museum and not kick a ball so get your scoring ability measured with a shot on goal at the Hotshots gallery. A great attraction for tiring the little ones out!

The Museum is really easy to reach by train - hop off at Mount Florida and take a ten-minute walk to Hampden.

A Kids for a Quid ticket = free entry for one child

To reach all of these great attractions, kids can travel on the train for just £1 return. Simply buy an adult ticket or show your Season Ticket or Flexipass and you can purchase Kids for a Quid tickets for up to four children. You then just need to show the Kids for a Quid ticket at the attraction when you purchase a full price adult ticket to get a child in for free.

Have a great day out!

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