Image courtesy of Dundee Science Centre

Whether it’s the daffodils poking their yellow petals up through the grass teasing spring, a cluster of post-Easter spring bank holidays or the imminent changing of the clocks, we sense there’s a half term looming. Residents of and visitors to Scotland will be clambering for days out with the kids in half term. Look no further…

We’ve pulled together some of the most popular attractions and things to do in Scotland during half term. Whether you’re looking for excitement, relaxation, education or culture there is something to help you create memories with the kids.

“The birth-place of Valour, the country of Worth;
Wherever I wander, wherever I rove,
The hills of the Highlands for ever I love.”
Robert Burns (1759-1796)

Half term days out with the kids in Scotland

1. Glasgow Science Centre

Glasgow Science Centre and planetarium is a great half term day out

Opened by HM The Queen in 2001, the riverside Glasgow Science Centre is home to hundreds of interactive exhibits, designed to entertain curious minds, from the planetarium to the science mall.

Far from a static exhibition, the curious of all ages can get answers from in-house researchers stationed across all floors of this space age looking centre. Looking to fill a day? Pack a picnic (if you’re sticking to a budget) and look no further.

2. Edinburgh Castle

Edinburgh Castle makes for a fulfilling and entertaining day out with the kids in half term

The dominant presence of Edinburgh Castle will draw all but the most glued-to-their-phones. Its presence as part of the Edinburgh skyline is hard to miss and that was half of the objective of this medieval fortress in its efforts to ward off enemies. This was no easy battle.

For young visitors and fans of David Walliams’ Gangsta Granny story, the Crown Jewels could well be the main attraction. Days out with the kids in half term rarely come this varied when history is involved. Watch their faces at the roar of the 1 o’clock gun. Let their imaginations run wild on a tour of the great hall and royal palace. See their brains tick at the prospect of being incarcerated in the stone vaults, which for centuries were used as prisons of war.

3. Eilean Donan Castle

Eilean Donan Castle will create a wow factor half term day trip

One of the most photographed castles in the world, Eilean Donan is recognised all over the world as one of Scotland’s most iconic castles. The castle is open to visitors every day from 10:00-18:00 and is a must-see feature of the Scottish Highlands.

Familiar to film fans from historic greats such as Elizabeth through to Pierece Brosnan’s James Bond in The World Is Not Enough, there are talking points galore. Perched on an island at the meeting point of three lochs, the commendable condition of the castle today is all down to the investment and commitment of Lt Colonel John Macrae-Gilstrap. He took it from ruin to its restored glory and created an icon for visitors in recognition of its role in Scottish history.

Let your imaginations go and take time to enjoy the views.

4. Culzean Castle

Culzean Castle is the perfect treasure filled half term day trip

Culzean Castle on the Ayrshire coast of Scotland is the jewel in the crown of the National Trust for Scotland. With green woodlands, landscaped gardens and Robert Adam architecture, this is a home built for a man with almost bottomless pockets. David Kennedy, the 12th Earl of Cassilis, instructed that the most be made of the natural landscape upon which this Ayrshire coast spectacle is perched.

Discover a fascinating history in its treasure-filled rooms, expansive and dedicated children’s adventure areas and acres of formal and informal grounds.

5. Deep sea World

Deep Sea World is Scotland's national aquarium and the perfect damp half term day trip

Scotland’s National Aquarium is home to hundreds of wild and wonderful sea creatures as well as some above average activity options. While there are tanks galore for sticky fingers and squishy noses to pore over, check out the timetables for feeding and talks to get the most from this day out with the kids.

At seal harbour you can get up close and feed the seals. For the bravest take a dip with the sharks or just have a go at snorkelling basics. The underwater safari plunges you and your family into a tunnel beneath the water on Europe’s longest moving walkway.

With special events popping up during school holidays and bank holiday weekends, their annual pass soon becomes appealing. We could certainly help you book another place to stay for your return visits!

6. The National Museum of Scotland

National Museum of Scotland for a half term day out with the kids

See what you can uncover about Scotland’s fascinating history at one of the country’s interactive museums.

The National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh is packed with wonders of the natural world as well as meteorites, machines and monsters, all designed to create an entertaining day out with the kids.

From antiquities, to zoology, to Lego exhibitions, the perfect combination of static and temporary exhibitions ensures an engaging day trip for all, however many times you choose to visit.

7. Highland Wildlife Park

Highland Wildlife Park for a half term day with polar bears

Home to the UK’s first polar bear born since 1992, the Highland Wildlife Park is heralded as Scotland’s wildest visitor attraction. Naturally, the polar bears get a lot of attention, but the species nurtured here will surprise and delight even the most frequent of wildlife day trippers.

Get up close and personal with Scottish wildlife and endangered animals from around the globe in this beautiful highland setting. See the playful snow monkeys, and discover the majestic power of the tigers, wolves and wildcats. Open every day from 10am. Last entry and closing times vary depending on the season.

8. Scottish Seabird Centre

Scottish Seabird Centre for a flapping great half term day trip

The brainchild (and hard slog) of a local man and keen ornithologist, the Scottish Seabird Centre is one of Scotland’s newer family attractions in historical terms. Its instantly recognisable building on the North Berwick harbour overlooks Bass Rock, the original inspiration for the centre due to its native gannet colony.

Shortlisted in the BBC Countryfile Magazine Awards, this nature reserve is just 25 miles east of Edinburgh. Home to some of Scotland’s best wildlife, including the grey seal, bottlenose dolphin, peregrine falcon and whale, it’s offers the perfect way to experience the natural habitats of the nation’s wildlife.

9. Dundee Science Centre

Dundee Science Centre half term days out

Bring all five senses to life at this interactive, hands-on exhibition. Crawl through a giant nose, challenge the robots of RoboRealm and take a trip to another galaxy in the Planetarium.

A day out with the kids this half term will subliminally wow them with science and kick off a train of curious questions. With new exhibitions introduced regularly there’s no chance of boredom. It is great fun for the family, from the littlest to the biggest of kids.

10. Skiing

Skiing combines outdoor fun with knocking down trees with your face.” Dave Barry

Skiing during half term

And where better to do that than Scotland? If you’re looking for the thrill of a snowsports break, there’s no finer time than February half term. Scotland’s five ski resorts offer plenty of dramatic scenery, challenging terrain and luxury accommodation.

Make the most of half term by experiencing Scotland’s attractions, mountains, lochs and wildlife. Scotts Castle Holidays can help you find your dream holiday house at any time, whether you’re looking for skiing in Scotland in the February half term, walking in the mountains in autumn, or diving into the culture and excitement of Edinburgh in the summer. Speak to one of our friendly team today.

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Whether it’s the daffodils poking their yellow petals up through the grass teasing spring, a cluster of post-Easter spring bank holidays or the imminent changing of the clocks, we sense there’s a half term looming. Residents of and visitors to Scotland will be clambering for days out with the kids in half term. Look no further... We’ve pulled together some of the most popular attractions and things to do in Scotland during half term. Whether you’re looking for excitement, relaxation, education or culture there is something to help you create memories with the kids.