Easter breaks in Scotland

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  • Children conducting an experiment at the Edinburgh International Science Festival
    Edinburgh International Science Festival © Kenny Lam
  • Zebras at Edinburgh Zoo
    Zebras at Edinburgh Zoo
  • Face-painting at Scone Palace © photosbyzoe.co.uk
    Face-painting at Scone Palace © photosbyzoe.co.uk
  • The Falkirk Wheel, the world's first rotating boat lift which joins the Union Canal with the Clyde and Forth Canal
    The Falkirk Wheel
  • Easter eggs by the Oban Chocolate Company
    Easter eggs by the Oban Chocolate Company

With spring firmly in the air, the Easter holidays provide the perfect opportunity to take a break and enjoy Scotland’s great outdoors. After a day indulging in many seasonal activities, relax in the ideal accommodation of your choice.

Seasonal things to do

Many attractions open their doors in March and April with a new spring in their step, offering seasonal experiences which keep people coming back throughout the year.

In the Scottish Borders, daffodils are synonymous with Paxton House, an 18th century stately home set within gardens, parklands and woods. Similarly, Culzean Castle on the south coast of Ayrshire is famous for its great swathes of bluebells from mid-March.

In spring you can also witness the birth of lambs at the National Museum of Rural Life in East Kilbride near Glasgow, and see thousands of migrating birds including barnacle geese flocking to Balranald in the Outer Hebrides.

If you’re keen to enjoy the lighter days and outdoor activities, there are plenty package holiday and touring options which can help you have an exhilarating break.

Or why not find somewhere to go egg-rolling? Take a look at our video below for inspiration and find out more about Scotland's mountains and hills.

Easter time events

During the Easter school holidays, country houses, parks, castles and other attractions, such as Edinburgh Zoo and the Falkirk Wheel, often hold themed events with Easter egg hunts, spring trails, craft sessions and more. Events for 2015 include:

  • Easter Egg Bonanza
    2 - 19 April, Castle Kennedy, near Stranraer
    Follow a trail around the colourful landscapes of Castle Kennedy Gardens in Dumfries & Galloway, looking out for Easter chicks along the route, and take part in fun quizzes to win Easter Eggs.
  • Cadbury Easter Egg Trail
    3 - 6 April, throughout Scotland
    Visit National Trust for Scotland attractions, such as J M Barrie's Birthplace or Haddo House, to follow a special Easter trail, solve tricky puzzles and win tasty treats. There are trails at 50 venues all over Scotland, each one different.
  • Edinburgh International Science Festival
    4 - 19 April, various venues, Edinburgh
    From Dr Bunhead's Exploding Easter Egg Show to hands-on workshops on screen printing and coding, this fantastic festival has tons of exciting events to keep both big and little kids busy over the holidays.
  • Professor Egghead and the Alien Invasion at the Scottish Seabird Centre
    3 - 20 April, East Lothian
    Join Professor Egghead on an interactive adventure as he takes action against the invasion of alien species. Get ready for games, challenges, experiments, and lots of fun for all ages.

Check our listings to find more Easter events around Scotland.

Where to stay in spring

There is a great range of accommodation to choose from during an Easter break, from forest cabins and camping and caravan sites, to hotels, B&Bs and self-catering options with stunning views across mountains, lochs and beaches.