Scotland’s 20 greatest lockdown-friendly actions to get pleasure from with youngsters Comfortable play is shut, sleepovers are off-limits and for the subsequent few weeks you may’t exit for a meal collectively within the pub. It’s truthful to say that entertaining youngsters is not any straightforward process in the meanwhile. However whereas the climate may be a bit chilly, there are nonetheless a number of actions which you can get pleasure from as a household in Scotland’s nice open air, preserving secure whereas additionally preserving youngsters busy. As well as, there’s a good few family-friendly companies which are in a position to stay open whereas abiding to the present authorities steerage. Right here’s our decide of the very best.
Admire Dunrobin Fort, Sutherland
Open daily, 10.30am- 4pm, falconry shows are day by day at 11am till 3pm till October 31
Adults £11, Kids £6 (costs embody museum, gardens, and falconry show)
Trying like one thing that’s straight out of a Germanic fairy story, it’s nearly exhausting to imagine that this conical-spired fort is in Scotland. Children will love operating across the stunning grounds, exploring the myriad of rooms inside the fort and, above all, watching the spectacular falconry shows, that includes owls, hawks and majestic falcons. Go away sufficient time to spend a number of hours here- you’ll want it.
Experience a horse at Blackstone Clydesdales, Ayrshire
Blackstone Farm, Rigg Highway, Cumnock, Ayrshire
01290 421 639
Open Tuesday-Sunday, 10am-6pm
£10 per particular person for a one-hour strolling tour
Sturdy, white-footed and well-natured, Clydesdale horses are well-known the world over. Any equestrian youngsters will love assembly the Clydesdales who dwell on the Blackstone farm -along with Highland cows and different farm animals- with the chance to strive driving them for a further price. The pleasant workforce will take you right down to Ayr Seashore the place you may canter alongside the sands and expertise these majestic animals at their best possible. You may even experience them out into the ocean!
Exhibit your abilities at Unit 23 Skatepark, Dumbarton
The Outdated Bond, 45- 50 Castlegreen Avenue, Dumbarton
Open Monday-Friday, 12pm-10pm and Saturday-Sunday, 12pm-8pm
£9 for two hours, £1 for each hour thereafter
Over lockdown, most youngsters have explored each inch of their native space on bikes and scooters…so why not supply them some selection? Any mini skating lovers are certain to like Unit 23, which is the biggest indoor skatepark within the UK. The 56,000 square-foot facility gives ramps of various sizes, unfold over three completely different halls, that are designed to swimsuit all ages and talent ranges. They’ve additionally simply opened up a brand new trampoline corridor inside the facility, Unit 23 Bounce Home, which is priced at a really cheap charge of £10 for one hour. And in contrast to many different customer sights you don’t should guide ahead- simply flip up and get going.
Climb up North Berwick Legislation, East Lothian
There’s been a little bit of a craze for climbing Munros throughout lockdown. However in relation to little legs, a Munro may be an excessive amount of of an ask, particularly as we head into winter and a few tougher climate situations. Happily there are many smaller peaks all through the nation that will probably be extra appropriate for teenagers to climb, together with North Berwick Legislation in East Lothian. At slightly below 200m in peak it’s comparatively straightforward to ascend, but it gives spectacular views over the city of North Berwick, the Firth of Forth and Edinburgh past. Different kid-friendly ‘little’ hills embody Conic Hill in Balmaha, Ben A’an within the Trossachs and Criffel Hill in Dumfries- though you may count on to get very muddy whereas trying the boggy paths on the latter.
Get locked up at Inveraray Jail, Argyll
Church Sq., Inveraray, Argyll
Adults £11.95, youngsters £6.95, seniors £9.95
Open daily, 10am-5pm
Now totally open, and with no pre-booking required, a visit to this 19th century jail gives a day trip with a distinction. You may view historic torture weapons, stroll across the cramped cells of the outdated jail and enter the county courtroom, listening to extracts from precise trials held there. There’s additionally a ‘modern-day’ cell to present a way of what jail life is like right now. There are free handsets on supply to supply an audio information to the jail, however you can too obtain the information to your smartphone to keep away from any potential contamination. There’s deep cleansing, hand sanitiser and bodily distancing in place, too, so it is possible for you to to chill out and luxuriate in your go to.
Make a journey to the Aquarium at Loch Lomond Shores
Sea Life Loch Lomond Aquarium, Drumkinnon Tower, Ben Lomond Approach, Balloch
Adults £12.75, baby £8.75
Open daily, 10am- 5pm
There’s a lot to see on the Sea Life Aquarium, with sharks, otters, starfish and an immersive ocean tunnel (however one the place you keep dry) and the prospect to look at the animals getting fed for those who time your go to proper. Till November 1st they’re operating a particular ‘Ascarium’ occasion: an immersive path through which youngsters can attempt to discover components to the ‘sea witches potion’ and get a Halloween-themed deal with on the finish. After you allow, head on a stroll across the beautiful banks of Loch Lomond or get a chew to eat in Balloch to make a day of it.
Check out a contemporary safari within the Cairngorms
Rothiemurchus Centre, Rothiemurchus, close to Aviemore
Costs differ relying on exercise chosen (age and peak restrictions apply)
Open Wednesday-Sunday, numerous occasions
Exploring the highlands on foot is all properly and good, however why not do it in model? That’s what’s on supply on the Rothiemurchus Centre, the place members can traverse the highlands on Segways, quad bikes and horseback within the grounds of an imposing Aviemore property. You may zoom throughout the fields of heather and off-road filth tracks, stopping to take footage of the resident herd of Highland cattle. Children will love feeling completely free within the nice open air, whereas adults will probably be reassured by the Covid-safety protocols and deep disinfecting of every Segway and quadbike between makes use of.
Go and see the Highland Cows at Pollok Nation Park, Glasgow
Pollokshaws Highway, Glasgow
Pollok Park is a stunning place to go to at any time of 12 months. However it’s in autumn, when the bushes kind a cover of pink and brown, that this southside establishment actually comes alive. The park’s resident Highland cattle look significantly majestic in opposition to the autumnal colors and youngsters will love visiting them and making an attempt to encourage the cows to come back nearer within the area. Even older youngsters and youngsters, notoriously troublesome to please, will begrudgingly acknowledge that snapping an image of the cows will present fashionable content material for his or her social media pages.
Stroll from Cruden Bay to Bullers of Buchan, Aberdeenshire
It may be troublesome to pull youngsters on a protracted stroll, however once you promise them a haunted fort alongside the way in which it is going to make it a better promote. The Bullers of Buchan is considered one of Aberdeenshire’s most spectacular spots: a group of craggy cliffs centred round a collapsed sea cave that now kinds a spectacular rock archway. However for those who stroll to it from the village of Cruden Bay, you’ll cross the ruins of Slains Fort in your means. The 16th century fort was mentioned to have helped encourage the story of Dracula, after its Irish creator Bram Stoker visited the world earlier than he wrote his 1897 novel. After you cross the fort, hold heading alongside the clifftop coastal path till a big indifferent rock (regionally generally known as Dunbuy) comes into view. From right here, the surroundings solely will get higher, with a sequence of arches, sea caves and blow holes earlier than you attain the Bullers of Buchan itself. You may additionally spot puffins nesting, in case you are fortunate.
Discover the treetops at Go Ape, Aberfoyle
The Lodge – Forest Customer Centre, Queen Elizabeth Forest Park, Aberfoyle, Stirling (additionally in Aberdeen and Peebles)
0845 094 9032
Open Sunday-Friday, 9.30am- 4pm and Saturday 9am-4pm
£28 for 10-15-year olds, £35 for adults
In case you are searching for the antidote to a number of months being spent cooped up indoors- that is it. Thrill-seeking kids will love this treetop journey course, with rope crossings, climbing and balancing beams to get pleasure from within the stunning environment of the Queen Elizabeth Park. The spectacular, albeit terrifying, 45-metre-high, 426-metre-long zipline is the spotlight of the course and can give an actual adrenaline thrill to anybody courageous sufficient to deal with it. Adults get to affix within the enjoyable too, as under-16s have to be supervised by an grownup.
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