Take Me Out

Take Me Out

From cycling, pirate ships, dolphin watching and woodland walks to face-painting, castles, beaches and alien designs, Anna Millar handpicks some of the finest days out and events this Easter, whether you’re a big or a little kid

Adventure Centre
South Plate Hill, Ratho, 0131 333 6333, www.eica-ratho.com
The Big Daddy of indoor climbing, Edinburgh’s indoor arena in Ratho is built within a former quarry, making it the world’s largest indoor climbing complex and a rock climber’s paradise. Located eight miles west of central Edinburgh, highlights include 50ft high overhangs, a sheer 90ft ascent and several 15ft high bouldering challenges. Adrenaline junkies can career 75ft off the ground for aerial assault course, the SkyRide.

Bellahouston Park
Dumbreck Road, Glasgow, 0141 427 0558, www.houseforanartlover.co.uk/artpark-glasgow
Opportunities abound in this pretty park whether it’s wandering into the House for an Art Lover, or checking out the multitude of walking, cycling and orienteering routes. Green fingered visitors should make a beeline for the walled garden to take in the park’s breathtaking views of the city.

Blair Drummond Safari Park
Blair Drummond, by Stirling, 01786 841456, www.blairdrummond.com
Fun for both big and little kids, the animals are only part of this safari park’s charm with the funfair, wooden castle and pirate ship likely to take up more of your day than the lions and tigers. The sea lion show and giant astraglide are both included in the admission price.

The Burrell Collection
Pollok Country Park, 2060 Pollokshaws Road, Glasgow, 0141 287 2550, www.glasgowmuseums.com
Boasting over 9000 artworks, this purpose-built building, features reconstructions of rooms from Sir William Burrell’s home, alongside medieval art, tapestries and alabasters, as well as works by Degas and Cezanne plus a treasure trove of artefacts from ancient China, Egypt, Greece and Rome. The more creative little one can take part in the Flying Kites activity day on Tuesday 7 April, where visitors and invited to decorate and make their own kites for Easter.

Calton Hill
Calton Hill, Waterloo Place, 0131 473 2000
Situated just east of Princes Street, Calton Hill boasts a handsome melee of buildings and statues, the most famous of which is Edinburgh’s Disgrace, the unfinished William Playfair-designed National Monument which, when funding dried up, was never finished. A gentle climb to the top offers incredible views of Edinburgh Castle and Arthur’s Seat. Year-round the more gregarious party animal shouldn’t miss the Beltane Fire Festival (pictured, right) on Thu 30 Apr, an infamous night of mayhem celebrating the arrival of summer at the top of the Hill.

Camperdown Park
Coupar Angus Road, near Dundee, 01382 431818, www.camperdownpark.com
From the cycling centre, family fun fair and adventure playground to the leisure park and stately Camperdown House, this park pretty much has something for everyone.

Charles Rennie Mackintosh Trail
0141 946 6600, www.crmsociety.com
The legacy of Glasgow artist Charles Rennie Mackintosh remains strikingly writ across the city’s skyline, museums and galleries. A CRM Trail Ticket includes entry to the Mackintosh House at the Hunterian Art Gallery, the Lighthouse, the Hill House in Helensburgh and the Mackintosh Church, headquarters of the CRM Society, plus unlimited travel on public transport. Hardcore fans should check out Mackintosh 100 at The Glasgow School of Art, a programme of exhibitions, talks and tours and activities at the school.

Clyde and Loch Lomond Cycleway
0845 113 0065, www.visitscotland.com
Beginning in the heart of Glasgow at Bell’s Bridge by the Exhibition Centre and finishing on the bonny banks of Loch Lomond, the Clyde and Loch Lomond Cycleway is a beautiful 20-mile ride. The route is almost traffic free and runs close to a railway all the way to Balloch, so there is ample opportunity to pick up your bike and hop on.

Four miles northeast of Edinburgh
Along with the River Almond, a golf course, a beach and a harbour, the picturesque Cramond boasts a 15th century church tower and the famous Cramond Inn. Explore the remains of a Roman Fort dating back to AD 142, or better still, when the tide is out walk to Cramond Island in the middle of the Forth Estuary.

Culzean Castle
Maybole, South Ayrshire, 01655 884455, www.culzeanexperience.org
Perched dramatically on a clifftop, the stunning location, interior and country park surroundings of Culzean (pronounced ‘cullane’) have made this not only a top tourist attraction but also the National Trust for Scotland’s most visited property. Dating back to the 12th century, it was converted in the 18th century by the architect Robert Adam as a bachelor residence for the tenth Earl of Cassillis.

Doune Castle
Castle Road, near Stirling, 01786 841742
Doune Castle, one of Scotland’s best preserved medieval castles, can give you all the atmosphere of a Hieland ruin without the bother of driving to the Highlands. Fans of Monty Python’s Holy Grail will recognise the castle and surroundings instantly as the setting for the film and can spend a happy afternoon saying ‘Ni’ as they enjoy the castle and its grounds.

Our Dynamic Earth
Holyrood Road, Edinburgh, 0131 550 7800, www.dynamicearth.co.uk
Opened for the millennium, Our Dynamic Earth charts the earth’s evolution from the Big Bang to the modern day though a series of interactive exhibitions, including an earthquake simulator and a tropical rainstorm. There are enough buttons to press to keep young children happy, while older kids will enjoy the quirkier aspects of the exhibition such as touching an iceberg and seeing models of the animals that have died out during the course of the earth’s evolution. See Edinburgh International Science Festival preview and listings.

Edinburgh Castle
Castle Hill, Edinburgh, 0131 225 9846, www.historic-scotland.gov.uk
From a medieval fortification to a temporary prison, seat of parliament, royal residence, and now world-renowned symbol of Scotland, the castle is pretty much a must-see whether you know the city or are just visiting. The views are spectacular, even if the viewpoints can be windy and, on a clear day, there’s a 360-degree panorama over the city. There’s also more to the castle than royal memorabilia, with a chance to see the Scottish Crown Jewels, the tiny St Margaret’s Chapel, the Scottish War Memorial and War Museum, as well as a slightly off the wall ‘dog cemetery’ for regimental mascots. Look out too for special events year-round.

Edinburgh Zoo
near Corstorphine, Edinburgh, 0131 334 9171, www.edinburghzoo.org.uk
There’s plenty to while away an afternoon at Edinburgh’s Zoo and a slew of special events running month to month. Check out the Firewalk Challenge on Fri 24 Apr and help raise £150 for The Royal Zoological Society of Scotland and have the pleasure of walking over a bed of hot cinders. Keep your eyes peeled too for special Edinburgh International Science Festival events.

Electric Brae
A719, 8 miles south of Ayr
Everyone loves an optical illusion, and the Electric Brae is one in three dimensions – and a naturally occurring one to boot. Rounding the corner on the road winding south from Ayr, every instinct in your possession tells you that you are driving uphill. However, stop the car, take off the handbrake and behold as you roll ‘uphill’.

Falkirk Wheel
Lime Road, Tamfourhill, Falkirk, 08700 500208, www.thefalkirkwheel.co.uk
The Falkirk Wheel emerged in 2002 as a design solution to the problem of reconnecting two of Scotland’s long abandoned industrial arteries. The wheel raises and lowers boats 35 metres from the Union Canal above, to the Forth and Clyde below. It’s made of 7000 cubic metres of concrete and 1000 cubic metres of steel. Catch a boat from the visitor centre or simply wander along the banks of the canal and around the wheel itself. Over the holidays, check out Easter at the Falkirk Wheel from Sat 4–Sun 19 Apr, and enjoy the egg-decorating, colouring-in, face painting and an Easter treasure hunt.

Glamis Castle
Glamis, 20 mins north of Dundee, 01307 840393, www.glamis-castle.co.uk
A few miles north of Dundee through the village of Glamis lies Glamis Castle, perhaps better known as the childhood home of the late Queen Mother. The imposing structure is worth a visit, as much for the legends about the place and the architecture and history. Be warned though, ghostly sightings have been commonplace over the years …

Glasgow Botanic Gardens
730 Great Western Road, Glasgow, 0141 334 2422, www.glasgow.gov.uk
Commonly referred to as the Botanics, this is a West End institution and a year-round magnet for anyone looking for a little peace and quiet. The main entrance is on the corner of Byres Road and Great Western Road, and as well as numerous possible walking routes past its many trees, shrubs, themed gardens or along the River Kelvin, there are two sets of Victorian glasshouses. Take a picnic, sit back and enjoy.

Glasgow Climbing Centre
Ibrox Church, 534 Paisley Road West, 0141 427 9550, www.glasgowclimbingcentre.co.uk
While smaller than some of the new facilities elsewhere in Scotland, this centre in a converted church on the Southside of the city, boasts over 60 routes on walls up to 40ft high. Equipped for top-roping and leading with experts on hand to provide lessons for all standards of rock climber, those who crave the buzz of free-climbing will enjoy the 10ft-high bouldering cave. A novel addition is the dry-tooling area, which involves free climbing with ice axes.

Glasgow Science Centre
Pacific Quay, Clydeside, 0141 420 5000 www.glasgowsciencecentre.org
A shining titanium crescent overlooking the Clyde, the Science Mall offers three floors of live shows and over 300 hands-on exhibits, plus a planetarium and science communicators on hand to explain everything. The IMAX cinema boasts a 12,000 watt sound system and a screen bigger than a five-a-side football pitch, showing panoramic educational films and Hollywood blockbusters in 2 and 3D.

Glentress Forest
Near Peebles, 01721 721736, www.hubintheforest.co.uk
With 400,000 annual visitors, this high octane, thrill-seekers mountain-biking centre is one of Scotland’s most popular attractions. Boasting some of the country’s best single-track riding, routes are graded according to difficulty. The green beginner run is where to test your balance on timber obstacles; blue offers a challenging 8km ride and black is for those kitted out with a suspension bike, sufficient padding and nerve to tackle the energy-sapping, 29km-long trail.

Holyrood Park
At the foot of the High Street and Holyrood Road, Edinburgh.
For one of the best views over the Old Town climb Arthur’s Seat in Holyrood Park. On a clear day you can see all the way to the jagged coastline of the Forth Estuary and beyond. After you’ve had an eyeful, head back down the Radical Road to the bottom of Salisbury Crags.

Hopetoun House
South Queensferry, 0131 331 2451, www.hopetounhouse.com
With rolling parkland looking towards the Forth, this palatial home to the earls of Hopetoun since 1699 is generally considered Scotland’s finest stately home. Its fine Georgian architecture and grand interior was designed by Robert Adam, the 17th-century Scottish architect. King George IV once feasted in the state dining room and at every turn antique ceramics, tapestries and original Masters add to the breathtaking opulence.

Inchcolm Island
0131 331 5000, www.maidoftheforth.co.uk
Nicknamed the Iona of the East, wildlife lovers and history buffs alike will enjoy this three hour round-trip sailing to Inchcolm Island with Maid of the Forth. Lying over a mile off-shore, the 12th century monastic buildings of Inchcolm Abbey, a small visitor centre, gardens and delightful sandy beach all wait to be explored while the viewpoint provides a stunning panorama of Edinburgh and Fife.

Kelvin Walkway
Runs from Kelvingrove Park – Dawsholm Park
The Kelvin Walkway extends the West Highland Way south to the centre of Glasgow, and meanders through some of the best parts of the city’s northwest area. It follows the River Kelvin from Kelvingrove Park through the northwest to Dawsholm Park about three miles away. Starting at Kelvingrove Park at the University, you can then head through the Botanic Gardens, under the Forth and Clyde Canal and all the way to Kirkintilloch should you have the time and energy.

Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum
Argyle Street, 0141 287 2699 www.glasgowmuseums.com/kelvingrove
Not for nothing is this one of the most visited museums in Europe. Recently refurbished it is bursting at the seams with something for everyone. As well as their slew of paintings and sculptures, check out the Arty Weekend on Sat 25 and Sun 26 April, where the whole family is invited to roll up their sleeves and get stuck into some arty activities, which take place alongside talks and demonstrations. Alternatively, check out the Love Your Museum Weekend. Inspired by the new Dr Who exhibition the theme for the weekend is ‘Reality vs Imagination’. Visitors can find out the fables of the mythical unicorn and discover the real animals that inspired this creature and others, design their own armour, explore Scottish wildlife, and create their own alien to match an imaginary world.

Loch Lomond & the Trossachs National Park
Loch Lomond Gateway Centre, Loch Lomond Shores, Balloch, 0845 345 4978, www.lochlomond-trossachs.org
The town of Balloch, situated at the tip of Loch Lomond, is a 40-minute drive or train journey from Glasgow. On its doorstep is the magnificent Loch Lomond & the Trossachs National Park, which incorporates one of Scotland’s most famous stretches of water with the peaks and forested glens of the rugged Trossachs. An easy escape from the city, there are all sorts of opportunities for gentle shore-side walks, serious hill-walking, mountain-biking and watersports.

Mugdock Country Park
Craigallian Road, near Milngavie, 0141 956 6100, www.mugdock-country-park.org.uk
Home to the first section of the West Highland Way, this park is just north of the Milngavie suburb and south of the Campsie Fells. There’s a shuttle bus to the park from Milngavie train station every half hour in the summer, and entry is free. It has various walks along marked trails through its 260 hectares of unspoilt grounds and ancient woodlands to explore either on foot, horse or bicycle, and there’s also a restaurant, tea room, farm shop, Victorian walled garden and picnic area.

Museum of Flight
East Fortune Airfield, East Lothian, 01620 897 240
If you’ve always dreamed of stepping aboard Concorde, standing beside a WWII Spitfire or a tooled-up Typhoon fighter, the winged occupants of the four hangars at East Fortune Museum of Flight provide a fascinating insight into the history of aviation. For many, the highlight of the trip to this former WWII airfield is the Concorde Experience. Imagine that you are Joan Collins, climb aboard, peer inside the cockpit and, armed with your audio-guide, listen to a former pilot describe his experience of flying supersonic at 60,000ft. There’s also a café and gift shop.

50 Cathedral Square, 0141 552 3145
Literally a city of the dead, this vast burial ground behind Glasgow Cathedral pays tribute to Glasgow’s wealthier 19th-century inhabitants. Established with a view to being a kind of Scottish equivalent of Père Lachaise in Paris, it may not have the likes of Jim Morrison, but memorials include a 62m high obelisk to John Knox and plenty of spectacularly ornate gravestones and mausoleums.

The Ochils
East of Stirling, www.undiscoveredscotland.co.uk/areastir/
Cast a glance from Stirling Castle in the direction of the Wallace Monument and you will see behind it Dumyat, as good a hill as any to introduce you to the Ochils. It can be reached by walking or driving up the Sherrifmuir Road behind Stirling University and striking out from the clearly marked layby. Ben Cleuch, the highest point, is only 721m high, and although it is hardly stunning in itself it provides a sweeping view of the Forth Estuary and Kincardine Bridge.

Pentland Hills Regional Park
Edinburgh, 0131 445 3383, www.edinburgh.gov.uk/phrp
Just 20 minutes drive or a 50-minute cycle from Edinburgh city centre, the Pentland Hills Regional Park offers stunning views and over 60 square miles of woodland and cross-country paths, huge reservoirs and even an ancient hill fort. With well signposted walking and cycle routes, it’s perfect for leg stretching and getting close to nature. Though busy, Flotterstone (off the A702) provides ample car-parking to begin a hike.

People’s Palace
Glasgow Green, 0141 271 2962, www.glasgowmuseums.com
Alongside temporary exhibitions, this Clydeside museum relates the story of Glasgow and its citizens from 1750 to the present day, a richly evocative social portrait of a tough, humorous city surviving poverty and war to emerge as a forward-thinking European conurbation of culture and opportunity. The photographs, artefacts and interactive displays pull few punches about darker chapters in the city’s history, but overall it’s a fun educational experience. Attached are the Winter Gardens, an elegant Victorian glasshouse of tropical plants.

Pollok Country Park
Pollok Country Park, 2060 Pollokshaws Road, Glasgow, 0141 616 6410
The Burrell Collection (see page 19) may get a hefty load of the attention, but its home, Pollok Country Park, is worthy of attention itself for its many walks and extensive wildlife. It is Glasgow’s largest park and the only country park within reach of the city and can be reached by train from Central Station to either Shawlands or Pollokshaws West.

River Clyde Walk
Runs from Glasgow to New Lanark
This 40-mile walking and cycle route was completed in 2005, and follows the River Clyde from Glasgow to the Falls of Clyde at New Lanark. The river was the basis of Glasgow’s prosperity when it became the second city of the Victorian Empire, and the journey encompasses Glasgow’s past and present, from Broomielaw Quay, the scene of many an immigration to America, to the popular Science Centre. The central part between Victoria Bridge and the SECC is of particular interest, taking in some of the more distinguished bridges and a great vantage point to ponder the city’s maritime heritage.

Rosslyn Chapel
Rosslyn Chapel, Roslin, Midlothian, www.rosslynchapel.org.uk
According to some Holy Grailers and bestselling novel The Da Vinci Code, the chapel walls of this ancient church hold clues to the whereabouts of the Holy Grail. Truth or bunkum, Rosslyn’s role in the ancient mystery has gripped imaginations worldwide.

Royal Yacht Britannia
Ocean Drive, Edinburgh, 0131 555 8800, www.royalyachtbritannia.co.uk
Jump onboard at Leith Docks this Easter, and enjoy a whistle-stop tour of the Queen’s bedroom, or the royal honeymoon suite used by Charles and Diana, before going below deck and seeing the crew’s cramped living quarters. The self-guided audio tour lets you determine the length of your visit, but don’t miss the ‘wombat tennis’, and impressive artefact collection in the State Dining Room.

Westburn Road, Cambuslang, www.scotkart.co.uk
With two separate indoor circuits on the outskirts of Glasgow, Scotkart offers some of the most exciting go-kart racing in Scotland. Beginners or Formula One aspirants can book into practice sessions or sign up for a ‘grand prix’ series which involves a minimum of five heats of five laps each, culminating in a ten-lap grand finale. Smooth concrete tracks, plenty of overtaking room, decent straights and even a bridge (on the Cambuslang circuit) help make the racing fast and dramatic. Phone in advance for booking.

The Scottish Football Museum
Hampden Park, Letherby Drive, Mount Florida, 0141 616 6139, www.scottishfootballmuseum.org.uk
Glasgow is a football city and this proudly maintained shrine is located at Hampden, Scotland’s national stadium, which is located two miles due south of the city centre. Scotland was as important as any nation in establishing the modern sport, reflected by the memorabilia on display, including a ticket from the first international, played against England in 1872, and the world’s first national trophy, 1873’s SFA Challenge Cup. Inductions to the Hall of Fame include legends like Jimmy Johnstone and Jim Baxter and there’s even a section about Scotland’s colourful ‘Tartan Army’ of supporters. Behind the scenes tours of the stadium are also available.

Scottish Gallery of Modern Art Sculpture Walk
Belford Road, 0131 624 6200 www.nationalgalleries.org
The gardens of the Scottish Gallery of Modern Art are well worth a visit even if you don’t venture inside the building. The grounds host displays of modern sculpture including the famous fusion of turf and art that is Charles Jenkes’ ‘Landform’. This gigantic piece takes up most of the area in front of the gallery, while across the road by the Dean Gallery local and international artists compete for you attention. Check out Dan Graham’s crazy interactive ‘Two Way Mirror’. Tactile works in bronze, stone, wood and steel are interactive in a way that interior sculpture at this level daren’t be.

Scottish Grand National
Ayr Racecourse, 2–4 Whitletts Road, Ayr, 0870 850 5666
The premiere event on the Scottish National Hunt calendar, on Fri 17 Apr, the Grand National always attracts a quality field, with the north’s top chasers taking on their counterparts from the big stables in the south.

Scottish Seabird Centre
The Harbour, North Berwick, 01620 890 202, www.seabird.org
A popular visitor’s haunt, the Bass Rock, a mile off shore in the Firth of Forth can be visited by boat from the Seabird Centre and observed through one of two live-cams which show the 100,000 gannets who nest on the cliffs spectacularly dive-bombing into the sea. The award-winning centre has a total of five live-cams showing puffins, gannets and other birds in their natural habitats on islands in the Forth. Check out The Big Picnic on Tuesday 21 April, where children are invited to take part in a ‘Get Back To Nature’ treasure trail in celebration of John Muir’s birthday. Alternatively the more active might enjoy The Great Scots Walking Festival on Fri 24 Apr, where visitors are invited to follow in the footsteps of some of our great Scots, such as Robert Louis Stevenson, Sir Walter Scott, and John Muir, crossing through woodland, historic landmarks, and villages.

SS Sir Walter Scott
Trossachs Pier, Loch Katrine, www.lochlomond-trossachs.org
The stately Victorian passenger steamer Sir Walter Scott has been making leisurely trips from Trossachs Pier across Loch Katrine for more than a century. Ellen’s Isle, a more modern 20-seat passenger boat, is less romantic but ensures that visitors can still make the trip out of high season. The return journey can be broken up by disembarking at Stronachlachar and searching for Rob Roy’s birthplace. Unbroken 45-minute trips are also made from the pier.

Stirling Castle
Castle Wynd, 01786 450000, www.historic-scotland.gov.uk
As castles formerly capable of putting up a garrison go, Stirling is compact and bijou. More homely than Edinburgh Castle it has royal apartments, a rose garden and kitchens furnished with life-sized models of people, food and even a cookery book from the castle’s Medieval era. Gaze west from the ramparts at the awe-inspiring view along the Carse of Stirling past Ben Vorlich and Ben Ledi to Ben Lomond. Modern comforts are there too – there is a Costa Coffee within the castle walls.

Strathclyde Country Park
Hamilton Road, Motherwell, North Lanarkshire, 01698 266155, www.northlan.gov.uk
It may lack the scenic qualities of Loch Lomond to the north but this famous country park beyond Glasgow’s southern boundary packs an impressive number of activities into its 200-acre loch and surrounding parkland. The council-run water-sports facility at the edge of the loch is perfect for hiring a small dinghy, canoe or windsurf equipment. Alternatively, water-ski or find your sea legs with a one-hour dinghy taster session. You can hire wetsuits or rent a bike to make the four-mile loop around the loch.

The Tall Ship
Glasgow Harbour, 100 Stobcross Road, 0141 222 2513
A popular hangout on the Glasgow permanent attractions roster, this year’s Easter fun includes Sail the South Seas complete with mask-making and scrimshaw carving. Book in advance.

TranSgression Skate Park
Transgression Skate Park, Ocean Terminal, Leith, 0131 555 3755, www.transgressionsessions.co.uk
Check out the Transgression Sessions on Sat 25 Apr complete with live music and skating sessions. Doors open at 8pm, and the evening should be all wrapped up before midnight. Ages 8+.

Water of Leith Walkway
Visitor Centre, 24 Lanark Road, 0131 455 7367, www.waterofleith.org.uk
Forget Trainspotting. Leith has done an amazing job of transforming itself from less than salubrious port to stylish waterfront residential area in a remarkably short time. The Water of Leith Walkway is a perfect example of this and starts 12 miles out of town in Balerno with a well-equipped visitor centre. Visual highlights are Colinton Village, the Dean Village and Stockbridge. The path is generally well signposted but don’t get discouraged if the odd sign appears to be pointing in the wrong direction, it probably is – there’s no jokes like the old jokes.

A Culzean Castle and Country Park
Culzean Castle and Country Park, Maybole, Ayrshire, KA19 8LE
Visit the Castle to admire the period objects, take in the panoramic view of the Clyde from the Round Drawing Room and check out one of the world’s largest collections of swords and pistols in the Armoury. Outdoors there are around 40 other quirky…
B Loch Lomond
Balloch, West Dunbartonshire, G83 8QL
C SS Sir Walter Scott
Trossachs Pier, Loch Katrine, Stirling, FK17 8HZ
The stately Victorian passenger steamer Sir Walter Scott has been making leisurely trips from Trossachs Pier across Loch Katrine for more than a century. Ellen’s Isle, a more modern 20-seat passenger boat, is less romantic but ensures that visitors can…
D The Burrell Café
The Burrell Collection, Pollok Country Park, 2060 Pollokshaws Road, Glasgow, G43 1AT
Reliable soup, sandwiches and more in an awe-inspiring setting.
E The Tall Ship at Riverside
150 Pointhouse Place, Glasgow, G3 8RS
The Glenlee is one of only five Clyde-built sailing ships still afloat, and it nearly didn't happen; launched in 1896, she carried cargo for 20 years before spending decades as a training ship for the Spanish navy. Recovered from the brink of scrapping…
F Pollok Visitor Centre
Pollokshaws Road, Glasgow, G43 1AT Scotland
G The Burrell Collection
Pollock Country Park, 2060 Pollokshaws Road, Glasgow, G43 1AT
The Burrell Collection is temporarily closed until Spring 2021. In the heart of Pollok Country Park is this collection of art, including work by Degas, Rodin and Cézanne as well as ancient and medieval artefacts. It is named after shipping tycoon Sir…
H Glasgow Science Centre
50 Pacific Quay, Glasgow, G51 1EA
Situated on the site of the 1988 Garden Festival, Glasgow's £75 million Science Centre features hundreds of interactive exhibits. Opened to the public in June 2001, Glasgow Science Centre is part of the ongoing redevelopment of Pacific Quay in…
I Glasgow Botanic Gardens
730 Great Western Road, Glasgow, G12 0UE
Glasgow Botanic Gardens is a botanical garden located in the West End of Glasgow beside the River Kelvin. It features several glasshouses, the most notable of which is the Kibble Palace. Just minutes from the city, enjoy pleasant riverside walks…
J Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum
Argyle Street, Glasgow, G3 8AG
Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, an exuberant piece of Edwardian architecture, was built in 1901 to house both an art collection and Glasgow's old industrial museum, and its eclecticism is part of its appeal; few other museums can offer a stuffed…
K Charles Rennie Mackintosh Trail
Glasgow, G20 7EL
Artist, architect and designer Charles Rennie Mackintosh was born in Glasgow in 1868 and his legacy remains strikingly writ across the city's skyline, museums and galleries. Blending Scottish baronial influences with Art Nouveau motifs, the School of…
L People's Palace and Winter Gardens
Glasgow Green, Glasgow, G40 1AT
The People's Palace is Glasgow's museum of social history, with exhibits and displays telling the story of the city from 1750 to the present, and a programme of talks and activities. The museum was opened in 1898 by the Earl of Rosebery and was intended…
M Glasgow Necropolis
50 Cathedral Square, Glasgow, G4 0UZ
Literally a city of the dead, this vast burial ground behind Glasgow Cathedral pays tribute to Glasgow's wealthier nineteenth-century inhabitants. Established with a view to being a kind of Scottish equivalent of Père Lachaise in Paris, it may not have…
N Scotkart Indoor Kart Racing
Westburn Road, Cambuslang, G72 7UD
For sheer white-knuckle mayhem in controlled conditions, ScotKart offers indoor kart racing: compete with friends or just try to beat your own time. Racing is supervised by trained marshals, and kids' races are also available. For those who think…
O Doune Castle
Castle Road, Doune, Stirling, FK16 6EA
Doune Castle is a magnificent late 14th-century courtyard castle. Its most striking feature is the keep-gatehouse which includes the splendid Duke’s Hall with a musicians’ gallery, double fireplace and carved oak screen. The castle was used as…
P Blair Drummond Safari Park
Blair Drummond, Stirling, FK9 4UR
Don’t visit Scotland’s safari park if the peace of the high veld is what you crave; you are likely to be sharing your safari with busloads of garrulous Glasgwegian kids. But if you want a guaranteed great day out with children, look no further. The…
Q Strathclyde Country Park
Motherwell, North Lanarkshire, ML1 3ED
R Stirling Castle
Castle Wynd, Stirling, FK8 1EJ
Perched high upon a mighty rock, it was here the kings and queens of Scotland held magnificent feasts and celebrations. Royal stronghold, palace of pleasures, regimental garrison – Stirling Castle has played many roles. And on the sweeping plains…
S The Falkirk Wheel
Lime Road Tamfour Hill, Falkirk, FK1 4RS
T Edinburgh Zoo
Royal Zoological Society of Scotland, 134 Corstorphine Road, Edinburgh, EH12 6TS
Set in 82 acres of sloping parkland, Edinburgh Zoo is home to over 1,000 rare and beautiful animals and the UK’s only giant pandas. Get closer than ever before as you come face to face with the Sumatran tigers in their enlarged enclosure – Tiger…
U Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art Sculpture Walk
Belford Road, Edinburgh, EH4 3DS
V Pentland Hills Regional Park HQ
Hermitage of Braid, 69a Braid Road, Edinburgh, EH10 6JF
W Edinburgh Castle
The Esplanade, Edinburgh, EH1 2NG
Sitting atop the volcanic Castle Rock, Edinburgh Castle dominates the city skyline and is the most popular paid visitor attraction in Scotland. Events at the castle include regular re-enactments of events from its history, occasional concerts by…
X Castle Esplanade
Edinburgh Castle, Royal Mile, Edinburgh, EH1 2NA
Y Dynamic Earth
Holyrood Road, Edinburgh, EH8 8AS
Located directly between the Scottish Parliament Building and Arthur’s Seat, Dynamic Earth presents a linear journey through the creation of the Earth, from the Big Bang to the present day. Exhibitions make use of sounds, smell and visuals to make the…
Z Holyrood Park
Holyrood, Edinburgh, EH8 8HG
The main entrance to this large royal park, situated east of the city centre, is flanked by the Palace of Holyroodhouse and the Scottish Parliament Building. Its main feature is Arthur’s Seat, an 823-foot hill which has a number of smaller peaks and…
1 Rosslyn Chapel
Chapel Loan, Roslin, Edinburgh, Midlothian, EH25 9PU
The 15th century building of Rosslyn Chapel is located seven miles south of Edinburgh, and boasts many significant architectural features, including the Apprentice Pillar and carvings of ‘green men’. It was founded in 1446 as a place of worship and…
2 Glamis Castle
Glamis, Angus, DD8 1RJ
This category A listed building is as storied as they come: King Malcolm II was murdered here, Shakespeare's Macbeth lived here (although the historical Macbeth didn't), the Queen Mother grew up here and Princess Margaret was born here. For years, the…
3 National Museum of Flight
East Fortune Airfield, North Berwick, East Lothian, EH39 5LF
Located at East Fortune Airfield, halfway between Haddington and East Linton, the National Museum of Flight has a varied collection of aircraft and aviation paraphernalia such as parachutes and radar equipment. The museum takes part in festivals and…
4 Scottish Seabird Centre
The Harbour, North Berwick, East Lothian, EH39 4SS
Perched on a rocky outcrop at North Berwick Harbour, the Seabird Centre offers remote viewing of a variety of seabirds and wildlife via live cameras installed on islands in the Forth estuary, as well as boat trips out to the islands. There's a Discovery…

Scottish Grand National Festival

The premier event on the Scottish National Hunt calendar always attracts a quality field, with the north's top chasers taking on their counterparts from the big stables in the south.

Firewalking Challenge

Raise £150 in sponsorship and you'll have the pleasure of walking over a bed of hot cinders. Register at 0131 314 0374 or email development@rzss.org.uk. Spectators from 8pm; ages 10+.

Transgression Sessions

Live music at Transgression Skate Park. Check www.transgressionsessions.co.uk for line-up details. Ages 8+. Strictly no alcohol.

The Great Scots Walking Festival

Follow in the footsteps of some of our great Scots, such as Robert Louis Stevenson, Sir Walter Scott, and John Muir, crossing through woodland, historic landmarks, and villages. Booking essential.

Flying Kites

Make and decorate your own kite for the Qing Ming Festival of the hungry ghosts. Wooooooh!

The Burrell Decathlon

In the final weekend of the 'Ancient Greeks' exhibition, complete ten fun challenges - indoors, outdoors, sporty, arty, daring and brainy - to win a Burrell Decathlon medal. 'Part of Show Scotland'.

Arty Weekend

Come along with the whole family, roll up your sleeves and get stuck into some arty activities, which take place alongside talks and demonstrations. No need to book.

Easter at the Falkirk Wheel

Additional activities for the holidays include egg-decorating, colouring-in, face painting and an Easter treasure hunt.

Hamish McHaggis at the Falkirk Wheel

Storytelling sessions from Linda Strachan, Hamish McHaggis' creator. Tickets include a signed copy of 'The Wonderful Water Wheel'.

Easter Egg Express at the Falkirk Wheel

A special Easter Sunday revolution of the wheel so passengers can roll their eggs downhill.

Sail the South Seas

Crafty Easter holiday fun for kids with mask-making (Mon, Wed & Fri) or scrimshaw carving (Tue & Thu). Book in advance.

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