9 Fun Things To Do During The Summer Holidays


summer holiday activities

No.1‘s top Scottish summer holiday activities…

Struggling for ideas to entertain the kids while they’re off school? Or maybe you’re just looking for some inspiration on where to go this summer? Whatever the reason, we’ve got just the activity for you!

For animal lovers

Take a trip to the Highland Wildlife Park near Kingussie to spot some of Scotland’s most fascinating animals.

Perfect for all ages, you’ll be able to see snow leopards, Scottish wildcats, red pandas and even a polar bear! Plus, if you get your timings right, you might even get to see one of their daily feeding talks from animal keepers or go on a Land Rover tour to see the animals up close.

Alternatively if sealife is more your thing, why not head to the Scottish Dolphin Centre? With no entrance fees, visitors are able to marvel at bottlenose dolphins of the Moray Firth.

Image: Scottish Dolphin Centre

For foodies

If you’re looking for fresh fruit and a fun day out this summer – Charlton Fruit Farm is the place to go! Somewhere for all the family, here you can go berry picking and fill a basket with the fruit they grow on the farm. Once you’re finished, head to their shop to weigh how much you’ve picked (perfect if you’re looking to collect a large amount to snack on later) and pay depending on how heavy your basket is.

Plus there’s also a play zone, with swings, trampolines, a sand pit, go-karts and a football pitch to keep kids happy!

Something a little bit different

Grab your skates and roll on down to intu Braehead this summer. From June 29th to August 11th, the Glasgow shopping centre are hosting unforgettable roller skating events, all with a disco theme skate floor and giant disco ball. And don’t worry if you don’t have your own skates, there will be plenty to hire at the centre’s curling rink!

Image: intu Braehead

For festival fans

Voyage to the Isle of Lewis and celebrate their Hebridean Celtic Festival! Running from the 18th to 21st July, it is perfect for immersing yourself in all things Celtic.

From music and workshops to a kids’ zone, there is something for everyone at this festival.

For budding scientists

Calling all aspiring scientists! Although open all year round, Dynamic Earth is an action-packed, fun-filled day for everyone. Here you can learn about space, time and all about the complex story of planet Earth.

Plus, extra points for spotting No.1’s Oor Wullie’s Big Bucket Trail statue at the attraction!

For getting lost in a fairytale

If you’re a fan of The Gruffalo, this is the event for you! As you make your way through the woodland forest of Ardkinglas Estate (near the shores of Loch Fyne in Argyll), you’ll be able to follow the famous story… all while keeping an eye out for a few surprise animals along the way.

Priced at £5 per adult, £2 per child or £15 for a family of 4, this fun-filled day is not to be missed. All you need to do is pick up a trail map from the mouse to help guide you along the route…

Image: The Gruffalo Trail

For history buffs

If your wee ones (or even you!) are a fan of all things Dinosaurs, head to Hetland Garden Centre! Open 7 days a week from April to November, this dinosaur experience has both a dino park and soft play – meaning that no matter what the weather, there is always something to do.

Visitors can step back 150 million years, dig for fossils and have fun on their bouncy dinosaur!

For those looking to go on an adventure

Culzean Castle & Country Park are celebrating summer with their Pirate & Smugglers treasure trail. Look out your pirate outfit, put your thinking caps on, get your treasure map sortede and start looking for any hidden gold!

Image: National Trust for Scotland

Priced at £2 per pirate trail, this is a great budget-friendly day out.

Eve MacDonald

I'm No.1's Acting Features Editor, and write articles on everything from fashion, beauty and interiors to food, drink and real life. If you're looking to get in touch, please contact me on: evemacdonald@no1magazine.co.uk