Seasonal breaks in Scotland

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A family having fun at Dalscone Farm Fun
Family days out ››

Scotland is a great choice for a family holiday. Check out free attractions, family memberships, passes and discount offers.

Scotland is a great place to visit at any time of year. In January Scots celebrate the birth of their national bard Robert Burns with a cosy supper and a wee dram. Swathes of snowdrops can be seen during the February half-term, while Easter eggs will be hunted at country estates across Scotland during the spring school holidays.

In autumn seasonal sights include the migration of birds before winter brings an array of bright, festive events during the Christmas break. On 31 December people from around the world send off the year with a rendition of Auld Lang Syne at Hogmanay.

Make the most of your bank holidays and days off by finding out what experiences each season has to offer.

  • Daffodils in West Princes Street Gardens, Edinburgh
    Daffodils in West Princes Street Gardens, Edinburgh
  • Buachaille Etive Mor with Allt Nan Gubhas, Glen Coe, Highlands
    Buachaille Etive Mor with Allt Nan Gubhas, Glen Coe
  • A view from within the walls of Stirling Castle, palace of Mary Queen of Scots, Stirling
    Stirling Castle
  • Choir boys partcipate in a carol concert in Parliament Square, Edinburgh
    Carol singing in Parliament Square, Edinburgh
  • Torchbearers dressed as Vikings march through the streets of Lerwick during Shetland's Up Helly Aa fire festival
    The torchlight procession during the Up Helly Aa fire festival in Shetland
Callendar House

Easter breaks

The Easter holidays provide a great opportunity to take a break and enjoy Scotland’s great outdoors as well as seasonal events.

Christmas decorations adorn the pillars of The Dome, Edinburgh

Christmas breaks

Enjoy a Christmas break in Scotland, whether you want to shop, attend dazzling events or have a wee dram by the fire.

Man watching fireworks bursting high over a floodlit castle

Hogmanay breaks

Hogmanay, Scotland’s New Year celebration, is an experience not to be missed.

Children bodyboarding at Kiloran Bay, Isle of Colonsay, Argyll & the Isles.

Bank holidays

Make the most of your time off by booking a bank holiday break. From weekend city trips and spa holidays, to active Highland getaways and relaxing country retreats, you’ll find there is plenty to pack in and many accommodation deals to enjoy.

A family at the edge of the loch at Beecraigs Country Park, near Linlithgow

Half-term breaks

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.