Scotland may be known for its breath-taking Highlands, world-famous Loch Ness monster and, of course, the country’s speciality dishes, haggis and black pudding, but did you know there is much more to see and do in this enchanting region?
Whether you are interested in museums, wildlife or history, Scotland has something for everyone. Take a look at some of Scotland’s best-kept secrets below.
Royal Britannia Yacht
Step back in time and travel aboard The Royal Yacht Britannia in Edinburgh. This marvellous yacht was home to the Royal Family for over 40 years, and was where the world’s most famous family entertained guests, indulged in family holidays, and hosted state visits.
Rated Scotland’s best visitor attraction by VisitScotland, it is an absolute essential if you are in the Edinburgh area. Now a five-star venue with its roots entrenched in Great British history, The Royal Yacht Britannia is a historical landmark that simply cannot be missed.
National Mining Museum
A five star visitor attraction and twice winner of the Association of Scottish Visitor Attractions “Best Visitor Experience” Award, Scotland’s National Mining Museum is a great day out for all of the family. A shrine of engineering brilliance, visitors get the opportunity to retrace the steps of thousands of miners and their families who each passed through these gates.
Take the Pithead Tour and immerse yourself in the noisy working pits, or drive Scotland’s largest winding engine – a contraption that hauled miners up and down the pit shaft over ninety years ago. An outstanding display of the Industrial Revolution, the National Mining Museum will bring equal parts exhilaration and education to your day out.
Scottish Sea Bird Centre
Have you always dreamed of seeing a puffin or gannet up close? Look no further than the Scottish Seabird Centre! Situated at North Berwick harbour, East Lothian, with stunning views across the iconic Bass Rock, the Scottish Seabird Centre is a mecca of discovery.
Travel across the Firth of Forth on one of the centre’s memorable boat trips and marvel at the region’s seabirds in their natural habitat. Decorating the scene you may even chance upon Scotland’s most majestic marine wildlife, such as whales, dolphins and grey seals. Pop into the Seabird Centre on your next family day out for a trip you will never forget!
Heads of Ayr Farm Park
No matter the weather, you are sure to be entertained at the Heads of Ayr Farm Park. Offering indoor and outdoor animal zones, this attraction is sure to keep every member of the family happy. From monkeys, to snakes, to rabbits, here you can get up close and personal with creatures from all corners of the globe.
During your visit, don’t forget to pop in to the Roosters Restaurant and the Stables Coffee Bar, where you can enjoy a wide selection of treats. Heads of Ayr Farm Park caters to all the family, with animal and activity zones available for all visitors, big and small.
Scottish Maritime Museum
Based in the West of Scotland, and with sites in Irvine and Dumbarton, the Scottish Maritime Museum is a firm family favourite. Here you will be surrounded by ships of past and present, along with incredible shipbuilding machinery and fascinating personal items.
Take the family to this museum and immerse yourselves in rich Scottish history that never fails to impress. Children will love getting involved in the on-site activities, especially when it is time to dress up and explore the exhibitions. Best of all, kids go free when they visit! What are you waiting for?