Scotland is a gem in itself, a stunning place filled with history, rugged landscapes and great attractions. If you know you want to head to this beautiful country, but haven’t decided which part of the country yet, here are a few activities within the local area of our Scottish resorts.
Mabie Forest Mountain Biking – 20 mins
Head to the forest for a day out in nature with spectacular views, and fun mountain biking routes suitable for all types of cyclists. There is a circular route (Green Route), which takes between 1-2.5 hours. Take a picnic and stop off to make a real day of it!
If you fancy more of a challenge, give the Mabie Phoenix Trail a go. An 18km loop near Dumfries that’s a full-day activity, you can take on tight berms, rocky terrain and rapid scenic paths.
Dino Park in Dumfries – 30 mins drive
Take a trip back in time and discover the giants that used to roam the Earth. Explore the Dino Mine, listen to stories and facts in the Dino Den, have a go at digging for fossils or take the high ground to find the dinos in the tree house.
And for those rainy days, the kids can dive into the Dino Soft Play, perfect for the little Pterosaurs to let off some steam.
Dumfries & Galloway Aviation Museum – 20 mins drive
The collection of aircraft on display at this independent museum is impressive, with its Battle of Britain veteran Loch Doon Spitfire, the supersonic Lightning fighter, alongside the only dedicated Airborne Forces collection in Scotland.
Robert Burns House – 20 mins drive
You wouldn’t be in Scotland if you didn’t see the famous poet’s houses. You have two choices, his home in Dumfries where he spent his later years, or the Ellisland farm the man himself built in Auldgirth.
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Robert Burns Birthplace Museum – 20 min drive
Take a look around the birthplace of Scotland’s National Bard in the beautiful town of Alloway. The flagship museum here takes you on a journey through the town to different landmarks and historical buildings. It’ll definitely make for an interesting day out.
Culzean Castle – 25 min drive
A bit more history for you here with Culzean Castle, a cliff-top beast overlooking woodland, beach and parkland. Robert Adam’s Oval Staircase is the showstopper in the centre of the castle!
There’s plenty to see and do here, from admiring the collection of flintlock pistols and military swords to running wild in the Adventure Cove and Wild Woodland play areas.
The Isle of Arran – 30 mins plus ferry
Things you just have to do on your visit here include a tour of the Arran Distillery (of course!), visiting the Machrie Moor Stone Circles for a bit of history and heading to the Arran Outdoor Centre for some adrenaline-pumping activities.
If you’re not feeling these, you can have a more relaxed time in Holy Isle, head up Goat Fell or meander Brodick Castle and Country Gardens.
Scottish Industrial Railway Centre
All aboard! Take the whole family to see a living museum where relics are lovingly restored to preserve the unique history of industrial steam and diesel locomotives. Take a ride on a train, and learn about the history of coal mining, iron smelting and the railway industry.
Cairn O’Mohr Winery Tour – 20 mins drive
Set in the beautiful countryside in Perthshire, this award-winning winery is brewing up fruity wines and ciders from their locally-sourced fruits. It is a child-friendly venue with a play area outside and a café for soft drinks. It’s also the venue of The International Bottle Smashing Tournament – people have 7 bottles to try to smash by launching them at a target…sounds fun right?!
Craigtoun Country Park – 45 min drive
If you want an action-packed day out with plenty of activities for the family, this is the place to go. There are zip lines, Rio Grande Railway, crazy golf, trampolines, Fairy Glen wooded walk and more. Take a picnic and be ready to run wild at this family day out, ready to rest up in a luxury lodge.
The McManus: Dundee’s Art Gallery & Museum or V&A Museum – 20 mins drive
Whilst you’re in Dundee and feeling educational, you should definitely visit these two places. The Victoria and Albert Museum is a space dedicated to the world of design, whilst the McManus is home to fine and decorative art from around the world. Exhibitions include Troy, The Street and more.
Arbroath Harbour – 30 min drive
Head here for a classic day at the seaside – grab some fish and chips, ice cream and go for a walk down the picturesque Auchmithie Coastal Path. You’ll be hard-pressed to find better views of this beautiful landscape.
Montrose Basin Visitor Centre, Scottish Wildlife Trust – 50 min drive
This enclosed estuary of the River South Esk offers a plethora of wildlife. In autumn and winter, it’s home to over 100,000 migratory birds, whilst in the spring and summer, it supports breeding colonies such as sand martins, terns and eider!
It’s a peaceful place to escape day-to-day life and relax in nature.
Discovery Point – RSS Discovery – 20 min drive
Step on board Captain Scott’s famous ship, the RSS Discovery, the first ship built for scientific purposes – to conquer Antarctica. You’ll be able to follow in the footsteps of the Captain, discover the harsh conditions the Heroes of the Ice braved and hear their stories firsthand!
Scotland has so much to offer and this is only a snapshot of what’s local to our resorts. We’re always looking for more recommendations for days out, so if you think there’s something we just have to include, let us know in the comments or on social!