Headed to Scotland for a family vacation? Here is a list of eight great things to do and see in Scotland that’ll be sure to make everyone happy!
A vacation with the family is a lot of fun when you plan the right activities! From the Glasgow Science Center to the legends of Loch Ness, here are eight suggestions for Scotland that are fun for the whole family.
1. Edinburgh Zoo
Just a 10-min drive outside of the city centre, the Edinburgh Zoo is a great place to spend the day with restless kiddos. Let them run around the eighty-two acres of lovely rolling parkland where together you can discover over 1,000 rare animals including the UK’s only giant panda. There are tons of children’s play zones, restaurants and great spots to have a family picnic too.
2. Deep Sea World
Scotland’s National Aquarium and home to one of the world’s longest underwater tunnels at 112 metres, Deep Sea World is a fascinating family spectacle. Take an awesome stroll through over forty different exhibits like the the 4.5 million-litre underwater safari that includes one of Europe’s largest collections of sharks!
3. Glasgow Science Center
Within the city of Glasgow beside the Glasgow Tower and along the River Clyde is the fantastic Glasgow Science Center. Filled with the wonders of the night sky and all the amazing discoveries into the intricacies of our universe, the whole family can enjoy the many educational interactive activities, from A Question of Perception to the ‘hands on’ Bodyworks exhibit.
4. Dynamic Earth
Learn the fascinating story of our little blue planet: Earth. Dynamic Earth in Edinburgh transports you and your family through time and space with its 360-degree digital dome technology and 4DVENTURE around the world. Start your journey at the ‘Big Bang’ and discover what makes our planet so incredibly special.
5. Ayr Beach
The lovely city of Ayr sits on Scotland’s southwest coast, about a one-hour drive from Glasgow. Ayr’s enriching history makes it a fascinating city to explore, yet it is also home to some of Scotland’s best beaches. Spend the afternoon on South Beach playing in the sand or enjoy a relaxing picnic (weather permitting of course). The beach also offers kid-friendly activities such as mini golf and laser tag.
6. Stirling Castle
A significant Scottish heritage site, Stirling Castle is a must-see for its rich history and intrigue. This former home of the Stuart monarchs is now a medieval playground for the whole family. A cast of costumed characters welcome you and recreate sixteenth-century life in Scotland.
7. Loch Ness
Nestled in the beautiful Scottish Highlands, Loch Ness is magical for the whole family! Mystical folklore abounds in the stunning Scottish countryside with legends of lake monsters, aka ‘Nessie’ and enchanting medieval ruins like the Urquhart Castle. Rent a car and drive through the rolling hills yourself, or take a tour to get all the fascinating details of this world renowned region.
8. Alnwick Castle
The ultimate fairytale castle just over the border in England, Alnwick is the filming location for many ‘magical’ movies such as the first two Harry Potter films. Today, the whole family can participate in the many interactive activities such as alchemy and medieval medicine classes, wizardry school (yes, with wands and broomsticks) or you can learn about the life and duty of the knights who defended the castle’s keep.