Family Friendly Easter

09 March 2017

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Photo: Traquair House

The Easter holidays are a brilliant time to visit Scotland. Children are especially well catered for with a huge range of Easter themed activities to occupy them. Here are a few of our favourite places to stay and some educational and fun suggestions for special family days out.

The Scottish Crannog Centre celebrates its 20th anniversary this Easter with a special one off event. Cook pancakes over an open fire, make your own bread rolls to be baked in the traditional clay ovens and churn your own butter to spread on them. It’s very much a hands on experience, and learning all in one go. In addition there are museum exhibits, talks around a log-fire in the authentic Crannog roundhouse and demonstrations of ancient crafts. Acharn Courtyard is just a short drive away and is a perfect base for a family of outdoor enthusiasts with hiking, biking and fishing all right on the doorstep.

Scone Palace is the Crowning place of Scottish kings and its extensive gardens means it is also one of the best destinations in Perthshire for a family day out. This Easter there will be a special Easter Bunny Hunt, when eagle-eyed treasure-seekers can ‘hop to it’ and hunt for the bunnies hidden throughout the Palace State Rooms. There are great prizes on offer for those who spot them all. This all comes on top of the regular attractions such as the maze, adventure playground with zip slide and plant hunter’s pavilion. All of this is set in over 100 acres of grounds and green spaces where children can play and burn off excess energy in a safe environment. Mill Cottage sleeps 4 and is just half an hour away, perfect for nature lovers and those wanting a spot of seclusion while still being in easy reach of Dunkeld and the House of Bruar.

The Easter Eggstravaganza at Traquair House is the biggest event of its kind in the Borders. With over 5,500 mini eggs hidden in the Maze and some larger eggs to be won as well, the organisers guarantee that no child will leave empty handed. There is much more to this day than just eating chocolate though with a host of other activities for children to enjoy such as scavenger and treasure hunts in the grounds and woodlands, musical instrument making, drumming and singing, egg decorating, Easter bonnet making and Face Painting in the walled garden. The Tower of Hallbar is brilliantly located in the Lanarkshire countryside but still accessible to Glasgow and Edinburgh. It’s an easy drive to get across to Traquair for the day or to explore the hidden parts of this often overlooked corner of Scotland.

Historic Environment Scotland has organised a free Eggsplorer trail that will take place around Fort George this Easter. Children can drop in at any time to try and find all of the clues and complete the challenge to win an Easter surprise. It’s a striking place to visit at any time of year with loads to appeal to children and adults alike.

Further inland Brodie Castle is the location for one of the official Cadbury’s Easter Egg Hunts this year. Collect your hunt map, follow the clues, solve the puzzle and claim your chocolatey reward! There’s plenty of other things to discover around the castle when you are here. The 71 hectare estate has landscaped gardens, a large pond, a walled garden, a woodland walk, an adventure playground and a nature trail with observation hides for watching wildlife.

Willowvale is a great family house on a quiet lane close to Nairn beach and is just a 15 minute drive away to both Fort George and Brodie Castle. Here you can enjoy the delights of the beach while still having the attractions of the town within walking distance. Loch Ness and the Cairngorms are also close enough to make great days out.

If you’re looking for Easter events in Dumfries and Galloway, don’t miss out on Drumlanrig Castle Easter fun day out! The Castle will open its doors for the first time in 2017 on Sunday 16th April for public tours and there will be loads of free stuff for kids to do all day. Activities include an Easter egg hunt in the Castle Gardens, Easter crafts, archery, A bouncy castle, assault course, Nerf gun battle and Jason the Juggling Jester. Craigie Knowes is only a short drive from Dumfries and enjoys a prime location looking out over the Solway Firth, sleeping 10 it is perfect for extended family get togethers with loads in the area to appeal to all generations.