101 Best Things To Do With Kids In Scotland

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  1. Bring your family to the Edinburgh Zoo, home to over 1,000 rare and beautiful animals including the UK’s only giant pandas & koalas.
  2. Venture with your kids through 5 floors of amazing illusions at Camera Obscura and World of Illusions.
  3. Discover the best child-friendly spots from interactive museums to estates with large grounds with a personalized family tour.
  4. Make your own Edinburgh-themed chocolates with your kids and personalise them with your favorite flavours with a Chocolatrium Tour.
  5. Immerse your family in a 360-degree experience in the Dynamic Earth while letting your kids discover interesting facts about planet Earth.
  6. Enjoy a Harry Potter themed walking tour across Edinburgh with your family.
  7. Discover Edinburgh’s hidden history at The Real Mary King’s Close attraction.
  8. Discover what made Britannia, the Queen’s floating palace so special and gain fascinating insights into the private and public lives of the British Royal Family.
  9. Board the Hogwarts Express steam train in Fort William.
  10. Visit three castles and an exceptionally well-preserved village on this adventure through the sights and stories of Outlander series.
  11. Experience the ultimate underground journey through Edinburgh’s darkest history, using live actors, theatrical sets, and thrilling rides at Edinburgh Dungeon.
  12. Let your teenagers experience this unique, creepy, and interesting tour in Edinburgh and visit the vaults beneath Old Town, dating back to the early 18th century, where a costumed guide will tell you about murders, the persecution of witches.
  13. Discover sights such as George Square and the Glasgow Cathedral, as you travel on an open-top, double-decker bus with panoramic views of the city.
  14. Join a unique walking tour of the UK’s first UNESCO City of Music via the Glasgow’s Music Mile Tour.
  15. Take in views of Blackness Castle and see seals, puffins, and views of Limekilns village at the Cream Tea cruise.
  16. Have fun and show your dance grooves & moves in a unique 1-hour musical walking tour of Aberdeen.
  17. Enjoy an in-depth look at the life and home of Scotland’s National Bard, Robert Burns.
  18. Explore the beautiful interiors and antique collections of Culzean Castle
  19. Let your teenagers join the Splash White Water Rafting on Scotland’s River Tay.
  20. Discover the secrets and most interesting locations of the Edinburgh Castle.
  21. Travel from Inverness to the Isle of Skye on a full-day tour that includes visits to the best of the island, like Portree and the Fairy Pools.
  22. Be amazed at over 1,500 creatures and take a fascinating journey from the shores of Loch Lomond to the depths of the world’s oceans.
  23. Explore Loch Ness by land or by the sea in any of the available Loch Ness Tours.
  24. Learn the basics of canyoning with an expert guide as you jump, swim, slide, abseil, and zipline your way down exquisite waterfalls in Scotland.
  25. Discover interactive tales about the history of crime and punishment in the Royal Burgh of Stirling at the Old Town Jail.
  26. Kids can dress up in medieval costumes, do role-playing games with staff also dressed in costumes, then eat at Unicorn Café afterward at Stirling Castle.
  27. Have an incredible family day out as you let kids see giraffes, lions, elephant, tiger, and meerkats, watch popular sea lion and bird of prey shows, and take a boat ride to Chimp Island at Blair Drummond Safari Park.
  28. Teach kids how to play golf at the only golf course with giant dinosaurs and obstacles inspired by the Jurassic Park movie at Jurassic Parrr.
  29. Let kids run wild in a labyrinth of tunnels, slides, bridges, and climbing frames at a Jurassic themed world of adventure, DinoM8 in Glasgow.
  30. Experience fully-immersive 3D technology to bring the history of Scotland to life making learning enjoyable for kids at Battle of Bannockburn.
  31. Go to the Tall ship’s galley, take the wheel, and explore the cargo hold.
  32. Visit Pirate Pete in Glasgow, a family entertainment centre with adventure play, mini-golf, laser tag, and funfair rides.
  33. Spend a day at Glasgow Science Centre and see interactive exhibits, attend workshops, shows, activities, look at a planetarium, and watch movies from an IMAX cinema.
  34. Discover a magical underwater world filled with a dazzling array of amazing creatures, including Scotland’s largest collection of sharks at Loch Lomond SEA LIFE centre.
  35. Experience zero gravity with maximum fun at Gravit8, Scotland’s newest and most exciting extreme trampoline park for the whole family.
  36. Do a walking tour at Glamis Castle that looks like a castle from fairy tales that would love and choose between Italian Garden Walk, Nature Trail Walk, Pinetum Walk, or the River Dean Walk.
  37. Let kids play at Cream o’ Galloway woodland adventure playground, indoor visitor centre, and play areas, exciting slides, rides, and a pedal kart track. Have a quality family time as you explore nature trails while taking in Galloway’s scenic countryside.
  38. Do all sorts of things with your kids at Drumlanrig Castle such as castle tours, mountain bike trails, cycling, waymarked walks, adventure playground, gardens, shop, fishing, and land rover tours.
  39. Relive Jurassic Park and have close encounters with dinosaurs that look real at kid-friendly, Dino Park.
  40. Immerse yourself in our interactive exhibitions, supersonic experiences, and historic hangars and airfield at the National Museum of Flight in Scotland.
  41. Go to St Andrew’s Aquarium and see and experience penguin & meerkat feeding, and remove kid’s fear of critters & crawlers with a reptile and spider information and handling sessions.
  42. Come face to face with one of Europe’s largest collections of sharks in one of the world’s longest underwater tunnels at Deep Sea World, Scotland’s National Aquarium.
  43. Ride Jacobite, a steam train from Harry Potter and take in the magnificent view as the train stops at the 21-arched Glenfinnan viaduct, a location made famous in the Harry Potter films which overlook Loch Shiel and the Jacobite monument.
  44. Take your dinosaur-loving kids to Staffin Dinosaur Museum where they can see fossils and learn more about Dinosaurs and evolution.
  45. Have a family picnic and get up close to rescued circus bears and lions, wolves and lynx, gibbons, meerkats, monkeys, otters, crocodiles, owls, lemurs and many more at Five Sisters Zoo.
  46. Visit Harbour Mouth and have a great time spotting dolphins, seals, and even whales.
  47. Learn the history on how the sea impacts life in Aberdeen at Aberdeen Maritime Museum.
  48. Go to this small medieval fishing village which offers a glimpse into Aberdeen’s past at Footdee.
  49. See beautiful indoor gardens at Duthie Park Winter Gardens.
  50. Discover uniforms and weaponry displays tracing the 200-year history of the army regiment and interactive maps The Gordon Highlanders Museum.
  51. Enjoy the fresh air and the epic cliff-top site view of a magnificent castle at Dunnottar Castle.
  52. Have a fun-filled experience with multiple thrill rides, go-kart, bowling, and more at Codonas Amusement Park.
  53. See an impressive selection of paintings, artwork, sculptures, and interactive play for kids at the Aberdeen Art Gallery.
  54. A lovely sandy beach with tons of dunes where you can go swimming, surfing, walking, or sandboarding at Balmedie Beach.
  55. Have fun at a free museum where your kids can learn about the history of the medieval penitentiary at The Tolbooth Museum.
  56. Relax and appreciate the beauty of the perfect landscaped gardens at Pitmedden Garden.
  57. Explore Crathes Castle’s turrets, gargoyles, 16th-century painted ceilings, and ancient, great yew hedges at Crathes Castle.
  58. Appreciate the architecture of the medieval grand hall, a Jacobean mansion house, or a Victorian-era library at Drum Castle.
  59. Explore Aberdeen Science Centre and inspire your budding scientist children with over 50 hands-on interactive exhibits and live science shows for the whole family.
  60. Let your kids engage in on audiovisual shows, hands-on interactive features, computer-based multimedia and fascinating displays of artifacts at Discovery Point.
  61. Go on a journey through 400 million years of art and history with 8 magnificent galleries at The McManus: Dundee’s Art Gallery & Museum.
  62. Visit extinct volcano formed around 400 million years ago and enjoy the amazing overlooking view at the summit at The Dundee Law.
  63. Learn more about the restored mill housing with interactive displays telling the story of local 19th–20th-century jute production at Verdant Works.
  64. Visit this Beautiful castle on the edge of the sea with tons of local history and excellent floor of artwork at Broughty Castle Museum.
  65. Learn the interesting history of this castle through a series of audio guides at St. Andrews Castle.
  66. Let your little ones watch stars and planets through the telescopes, or admire the scenery with some spectacular treetop vistas at Mills Observatory.
  67. Experience a fascinating journey through time in one of the oldest ships in the world, explore all four decks of the ship, and get hands-on at HMS Unicorn.
  68. Bring your toddlers and kids where they can learn more about the 5 senses at Dundee Science Centre.
  69. Let your kids enjoy the flume slides with visual effects, rapid river, a wave pool, and tickly seated bubble beds at Olympia Leisure Centre.
  70. Visit these exhibitions focusing on the transport heritage of Tayside and beyond at the Dundee Museum of Transport.
  71. Have an educational tour while exploring great hidden areas, plus a well and a mountain at Dundee Botanic Garden.
  72. Have numerous outdoor activities with your kids like mountain biking, boarding and skiing, indoor climbing and bouldering wall, and more at Ancrum Outdoor Centre.
  73. Challenge your kids and let them learn how to climb at Avertical World Climbing Centre.
  74. Watch bears play in their splash pool through the Broch’s large viewing window at Camperdown Wildlife Centre.
  75. Have a very entertaining riverside walk where the vast majority of Inverness’ top attractions are situated along its shores at River Ness.
  76. Take a look at the historic cannons, weaponry, and ammunition and also the spectacular views that Fort George has to offer.
  77. Discover the history of the Scottish Highlands from a whole new interactive light at Inverness Museum and Art Gallery.
  78. Enjoy a family leisurely walk and sightseeing at this botanical garden with a tropical house with a carp pond, waterfalls, and a café at Inverness Botanic Gardens.
  79. Visit Inverness Cathedral which is famous church for its intricate architecture.
  80. Watch musicals, ballet, or opera in this retro-futuristic look theater at Eden Court Theatre.
  81. Go boating, swimming, fishing or just have a scenic cruise on Caledonian Canal.
  82. Explore 4 separate adventure play areas with your kids, including experiencing riding zip lines, cool crashed plane structures with slides, and more at Whin Park.
  83. Enjoy a serene trip and take along binoculars, camera or sketchpad and capture the beautiful trees and lakes of Ness Islands.
  84. Have a fun water activity with your family in a massive wave pool with water geysers at Inverness Aquadome Leisure Waters.
  85. Glide into the ice rink and let your kids learn to skate or play hockey at Inverness Ice Centre.
  86. Admire the beauty of nature and the diverse wildlife at Merkinch Local Nature Reserve.
  87. Challenge your family with indoor activities such as bowling, billiards, and arcade at Rollerbowl Inverness.
  88. Discover the amazing variety of wildlife found in Scotland, such as the pine marten, wildcat and red deer, wolves, lynx, beavers and wild horses at Highland Wildlife Park.
  89. See exhibits about different regiments and learn more about men of the Watch at The Black Watch Castle & Museum.
  90. See an outstanding collection of antiques, paintings, and rare artifacts and beautiful landscape grounds at Scone Palace.
  91. Let your children discover the culture and history with collections and displays like fossils, plants, Meteorite, art, painting, and more at Perth Museum and Art Gallery.
  92. Go to Perth Leisure Pool, a water wonderland which is the perfect place to experience water fun with your family.
  93. Enroll your kids to learn ice skating on a state of the art curling ice rink with Olympic Standard ice at Dewars Centre.
  94. Visit a unique educational experience for the kids where they can watch the planet from space or see the continents evolve and more at Fair Maid’s House Visitor and Information.
  95. Let your kids go nuts and let them slide, climb, bury themselves in the ball pool, play bowling, kart racing, and more at Noahs Ark Perth.
  96. Have a grasp of medieval castle life and marvel the painted ceilings at Huntingtower Castle.
  97. Learn more about the development of cultural evolution through exhibits and interactive displays at Stanley Mills.
  98. Explore the whole inside of the castle then be prepared to answer all the questions in the quiz at Elcho Castle.
  99. Have a fun race against your kids and enjoy karting together at Scotkart Dundee.
  100. Give a great adventure day to your little ones where they can have pottery painting, a huge jumping pillow, a soft play barn, grass sledding, and more at Muddy Boots.
  101. Experience the art of glassmaking, then explore your creative side and paint your own glass or plate at Caithness Glass & Crieff Visitor Centre.

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