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There are so many great ideas for family days out in Scotland to ensure you have a fun-packed family holiday and some of the attractions are free too!

The list of things to do on a family day out in Scotland is endless. Animal lovers can visit wildlife attractions such as zoos, wildlife parks and aquariums. Castles and historic buildings bring Scotland’s history to life and the exhibits at science centres will fill you with wonder.

Free attractions include the Riverside Museum in Glasgow and the National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh. You can also take advantage of family passes and other membership schemes to make your family holiday in Scotland tremendous value for money. Membership of Edinburgh Zoo also gets you into the Highland Wildlife Park.

When the children get hungry you’ll want to find a child-friendly place to eat, and there is also a great selection of family friendly accommodation across the country there is for you to consider. Self-catering is always a good option.

  • A family sit at a table having breakfast in a static caravan.
    Scoutscroft Holiday Centre, Coldinham, Scottish Borders
  • A youngster enjoys a day out at the Glasgow Science Centre
    A youngster enjoys a day out at the Glasgow Science Centre
  • A red double decker, open topped bus crosses a bridge with an attractive metal support arch crossing over it diagonally
    A sightseeing bus crosses the Clyde Arc bridge, to the west of the city centre of Glasgow.
  • Shot of some ice cream with Nardini's ice cream parlour in the background
    Nardini's ice cream parlour
  • Children listening to a story at Edinburgh International Science Festival
    Edinburgh International Science Festival
Loch chalet by Insh, Kincraig

Family-friendly accommodation

Find family-friendly places to stay with the Children Welcome scheme to ensure excellent child-friendly facilities and services.

A father and son pick strawberries at Cairnie Fruit Farm, Cupar

Things to do

Discover great family things to do such as historic dress-up in castles, interactive museum exhibits, and outdoor activities!

Portion of fish and chips sitting on a ledge with Anstruther harbour in the background

Child-friendly food & drink establishments

Many food & drink establishments cater for little foodies as well as bigger ones, offering children's menus, seating and more.

A sightseeing bus crosses the Cyde Arc (also known as the Squinty Bridge), to the west of the city centre of Glasgow.

Family-friendly tours

Many short guided tours, day trips, coach holidays and boat charters offer facilities and things to do for the whole family.

A group of children inspect the creatures they caught from the pond at Cream o' Galloway

Family events

Enjoy family events across Scotland including theatre, music, wildlife, festivals, comedy and much much more.

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Days out

Enjoy family days out in Scotland, from adventurous country parks to mysterious castles and intriguing science centres.

Free family attractions

Many of Scotland’s attractions are absolutely free. From museums to country parks, these family days out won’t break the bank.

Family passes

Family membership, tickets and attraction passes allow entry into a range of attractions for a fixed price, keeping costs down.