Family Fun Days Out In Scotland

For such a small country, Scotland has lots going on! From the great outdoors to fun indoor activities and events. Scotland is lovely to visit throughout the year but autumn has that magical ambiance and the excitement/anticipation of Christmas floating through the air.  Spending time in the great outdoors is a must, with the rainbow of colours in abundance it’s just mesmerising. With the half term break upon us, here are some ideas for Scotland family fun days out to enjoy.

Scotland Family Fun Days Out

Segway Experience

Have you heard of a Segway?

The Segway was first unveiled in 2001 and has took the world by storm. Now you can get involved and try an event.

The only location in Scotland to experience a Segway Event is here in Edinburgh, at the Newhailes Estate. Discover 300 years of history within the large period building, sitting on the large estate protected and kept by the National Trust for Scotland. (As we’re now in the off season time of year, do please check opening hours before wishing to visit the property.  The grounds are open throughout the year).

The Segway Experience takes you through the woodland route of the estate, one of beauty and tranquility.

Please note, do come prepared for our great Scottish weather with rain jacket, gloves and sturdy shoes that you don’t mind getting muddy.

Great fun! (Please do check the site for height & weight restrictions)

Segway Event at Newhailes Estate. Scotland family fun
Segway Event at Newhailes Estate ©MDHarding

Go Ape

See some of Scotland’s stunning autumnal colours from a new perspective, while experiencing the outdoor forest adventure with Go Ape. There are three locations in Scotland, Aberfoyle, Peebles or Aberdeenshire this October holiday for an autumn adventure in the trees.

Each of the locations has different challenges set in three beautiful areas of Scotland, that are all worth a visit! Aberfoyle is set in a stunning national park with waterfalls. Go Ape in Peebles is located at Glentress Forest which has an almighty reservoir and in Aberdeenshire the Go Ape adventure is located in the grounds of Crathes Castle with turrets and towers, winding staircases and sculptured yew trees.

This exhilarating adventure can take you up to 150 feet above the ground with some of the longest zip wires in the country, Tarzan swings, obstacle crossings and rope bridges. Available for both the young and more adventurous. One not to be missed!

Zip lining at Go Ape Aberfoyle . Scotland family fun
Zip lining. ©Go Ape Aberfoyle


The Akwakat has arrived in Scotland! Originating in New Zealand, only one of two areas providing the experience in the whole of the UK, the other being in England. Great way to experience the autumnal colours and nature along one of Scotland’s main canals.

The remarkable Union Canal stretches between Edinburgh to Falkirk, opening in 1822 it is also home to a feat of engineering – The Falkirk Wheel.  The 90 minute trip is a nice leisurely experience for Scotland family fun. Highly recommend this unusual and fun outdoor activity!!

Akwakating on the Union Canal, Edinburgh. Scotland family fun
Akwakating on the Union Canal, Edinburgh. ©MDHarding

I hope I have inspired you to get outdoors this autumn and experience some of these Scotland family fun day out activities.

The best way to reach all the above activities is by car.  If you are visiting the area for the first time, check out the best in-advance off season car rental and accommodation rates. Happy travels:) x

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