During school holidays such as half-term, Scotland offers great activities for families. Castles, museums and other attractions put on special events, often at little or no cost, and the great outdoors offers endless entertainment.
Half-term days out
Great family days out can range from science centres and aquariums to country estates and castles, with many offering seasonal events programmes, such as the Dundee Science Centre, the only UK science centre which explores the five senses. Take advantage of the many free things to do and visit the many museums, gardens and parks.
Seasonal things to do
Whether you’re on a spring, summer or autumn break, you’ll find a great range of seasonal experiences to enjoy. In autumn, the cold crisp days are ideal for exploring some of Scotland’s Great Trails or joining nature and wildlife events in Scotland’s forests and woodlands. In late spring and early summer you might spot brand new deer calves at The Scottish Deer Centre in the Kingdom of Fife.
Large scale seasonal events for families really bring something special to your half-term break. In autumn there are many great festivals, including the Scottish International Storytelling Festival which holds imaginative events for children and adults in Edinburgh and at venues across the country.
For families, self-catering accommodation offers a flexible, value-for-money option. At caravan and camping sites there are often activities for children to enjoy on-site and forest cabins have great access to cycle paths and trails. Many apartments and holiday cottages offer pre-order services so your food shopping will be there on arrival and you can get on with enjoying your holiday.