Kids Travel

Bank Holiday Weekend: Free Family Activities

We’ve been waiting for this for a long time, to have plans… what a feeling! Now that the world is opening out its arms again, let’s get organised for our next bank holiday on the 31st of May. With restrictions eased within Scotland, you’re able to travel as far as you please with plenty of free attractions to visit. YAY! From windswept walks on the beach come rain or shine or educated trips to museums, Scotland has it all and more. If you’re unsure on where to go – read on for a bank of FUN.

Bank Holiday Weekend Ideas

Free Things to do with Kids

1. Walks and Picnic Spots

  1. Botanic Gardens, Glasgow
  2. Conic Hill, Balmaha
  3. Portencross, Ayrshire
  4. St Cyrus Beach, Montrose
  5. Loch Lubnaig, Callander, Stirling
  6. Cambus O’May, Aberdeenshire
  7. Forth Rail Bridge South Queensferry, Edinburgh
  8. Boden Boo, near the Erskine Bridge
  9. Rowardennan, Loch Lomond
  10. Fearnoch, near Oban

Picnic Checklist ☑

  • Camping chairs
  • Plates
  • Cutlery
  • Cups ☐
  • Mat/Rug ☐
  • Cool boxes ☐
  • Kitchen towel or napkins ☐
  • Wet wipes ☐
  • Hand sanitiser ☐
  • Bags for rubbish ☐

2. Campsites/Wild Camping

  1. Glemore Campsite, Aviemore Highlands
  2. Glen Nevis, Fort William Highlands
  3. Drummohr Caravan Park, Musselburgh
  4. Wester Bonnyton Caravan & Camping Site, Banff
  5. Rowardennan, Loch Lomond
  6. Braincroft, Crieff Perthshire

3. Beaches

  1. Aberdeen Beach
  2. West Sands Beach, St Andrews
  3. Ayr Beach, Ayr
  4. Irvine Beach, Irvine
  5. Portobello Beach, Edinburgh
  6. Yellowcraig Beach, Edinburgh
  7. Pencil Beach, Largs
  8. Newton Beach, Millport

Don’t forget to pack your pop up beach shelter, to keep the littles ones protected from the sun.

4. Hillwalking for families

  1. Ben A’an, Trossachs
  2. Dumyat, the Ochils
  3. Bennachie, Aberdeenshire
  4. Beinna’Bhragaidh, Easter Ross
  5. The Pentland Hills, Lothian
  6. East Lomond/Falkland Hill, Fife
  7. Ben Lomond, Trossachs
  8. Ben Vorlich, Loch Earn
  9. Ben Dorain, Argyll
  10. Mayar and Dreish, Glen Clova
  11. Cairngorm, near Aviemore
  12. Ben Wyvis, near Inverness

5. Museums

  1. Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, Glasgow
  2. Riverside Museum, Glasgow
  3. Glasgow Science Centre, Glasgow
  4. National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh
  5. Discovery Point, Dundee
  6. V&A, Dundee
  7. Camera Obscura and World of Illusions, Edinburgh
  8. National Museum of Flight, North Berwick

Things to do that with Kids that don’t break the bank

  1. Blair Drummond Safari Park £16.50 Adults £13.50 Child
  2. Edinburgh Zoo £19.95 Adults (without donation) £21.95 Adults (with donation) £11.35 Child (without donation) £12.50 Child (with donation) FREE Child under 3
  3. Go Ape activities from £15 including Treetop challenges, Zip Trekking, Forest Segway, Nets Adventure and more.
  4. Tree Zone Loch Lomond £27 Adults £20 U18s