15 top family things to do in Scotland

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Edinburgh

The Scottish capital has long been a hugely popular destination for tourists from the UK and abroad. This truly unique city is packed with activities to suit everyone. We've listed a few of the most popular activities but there's so much more to see and do. Edinburgh has a whole host of options available for people who are into the arts, food, sport, history nightlife or shopping.

1. Visit Arthur’s Seat

One of the most famous landmarks in Edinburgh is Arthur's Seat. This famous vantage point offers stunning views over the whole city and further afield. If you’re a fan of walking or hikes, this is an absolute must if you’re planning to visit Edinburgh in the near future. Don't worry if you're not used to walking long distances, the trip to the top is achievable by most without any prior training. Take your time and enjoy the views along the way. Once you're at the top you won't be disappointed!

2. Experience the Inspector Rebus Tour

Follow in the footsteps of Inspector Rebus, a fictional character from the hugely popular Ian Rankin books. This walking tour around Edinburgh will take you on a trail of discovery through the nooks and crannies of this historic settlement. Accompanied by a knowledgeable tour, the Rebus tour will help to bring the books alive as you wander through the streets of Edinburgh.

Visit Dundee

3. Set sail on the RRS Discovery

3. Dundee is another of the most family friendly cities in Scotland. You're able to discover what Dundee has to offer by land or by sea. If you fancy a trip on the water, climb aboard the RRS Discovery and discover the story of Captain Scott's remarkable Antarctic expedition that set out from the city.

4. Have a day out at Dundee's Museum of Transport

4. If you're planning on keeping your feet on dry land while in Dundee, perhaps you may prefer to visit Dundee's Museum of Transport. Here you and the family will learn stories of local engineering pioneers who helped to develop the motor industry. With a huge selection of motors for you to discover, the Museum of Transport is a constantly changing hub of activity in Dundee.

Head to Stirling

5. Conquer Stirling Castle

Sitting in the heart of Scotland, Stirling Castle is a great attraction for families looking for an educational day out. Standing since the 12th Century, Stirling Castle is now visited by over 300,000 people every year. Discover what the castle has to offer for yourself by taking a trip there in the near future!

Family activities in Falkirk

6. Visit the Kelpies

Treat the kids and take a trip to see the awesome Kelpies, two huge sculptures of horse-like mythological creatures. They form part of the Helix, a new parkland between Falkirk and Grangemouth in Central Scotland.

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Fun Outdoor Family Activities in Scotland

7. Visit the Shetland Ponies

Meet the famous ponies on Shetland. Fivla and Vitamin, and their Fair Isle jumpers, but you see their cousins face to face in the wilds of the Shetland Isles.

8. Take a boat trip to see the Corryvreckan whirlpool, the world’s third largest whirlpool.

Take the family to see one of the many natural wonders Scotland has to offer. The Corryvreckan whirlpool is located on a straight between the islands of Jura and Scarba on the west coast of Scotland. A variety of cruises are available to take your family to see the whirlpool, as well as a few other sights along the route. If you're planning on taking the boat trip to see the amazing whirlpool, don't forget your waterproof clothing!

9. Go Loch Ness Monster hunting and visit the Loch Ness Centre.

10. Enjoy watersports, including canoeing, kayaking and wakeboarding, on Loch Lomond, the UK’s largest area of inland freshwater.

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