Family days out
Looking for places to go where you can make a family day of it? Here are some top tips (many of which are eligible for our Kids Visit Free deals!)
A fantastic attraction on the capital's western outskirts, with an amazing collection of fascinating creatures, not least the famous Edinburgh pandas. Take a train to either Haymarket or Waverley stations, then catch a bus out of town towards Corstorphine.
Scottish Seabird Centre
Take one of the regular trains from Edinburgh to North Berwick and visit this excellent wildlife centre. All ages will enjoy the collection of interactive visitor-controlled cameras, allowing close up views of avian life on the likes of the Bass Rock and the Isle of May National Nature Reserve.
Loch Lomond SEA LIFE Aquarium
Half an hour's train journey from Glasgow to Balloch will bring you to the foot of beautiful Loch Lomond and just a short distance from this brilliant visitor spot. Find out how crabs and starfish feel to the touch, and see the centre's large collection of sharks, rays and tropical fish!
Battle of Bannockburn experience
A short walk from the site of Robert the Bruce's famous victory in 1314, you can stand alongside medieval warriors and knights learn about the history and tactics of the battle and even take part in an interactive recreation game. Just alight at Stirling then catch a bus down Burghmuir Road to the village of Bannockburn and the visitor centre.
Journey to Dundee to visit RRS Discovery, Captain Scott's famous polar exploration ship, now moored at Discovery Point just 200 yards from the station. There's also a chance to learn about Scott himself and and his bold and dangerous expeditions.
Up the magnificent West Highland line from Glasgow lies Oban, the gateway for ferries to Scotland's Western Isles, and also an excellent destination in its own right. Oban is the seafood capital of Scotland, so if your clan like their fish and chips, you won't go wrong!
Aviemore, in Scotland's breathtaking Highlands is a lovely town and also a great base for one of the country's top ski areas, or for exploring the Cairngorms National Park. There's so much to do here in the open air, it's ideal for a family visit of one or more days.
Travel passes and special offers
- Spirit of Scotland travel pass
- Highland Rover
- Central Scotland Rover
- Kids for a Quid
- Rail and Sail