Ten things to do with kids on a rainy day in Scotland

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Rain or shine, Scotland is an amazing country to visit. Mainly associated with outdoor pursuits like climbing, skiing, trekking, and cycling, there’s still so many places to visit with your kids when the weather takes a turn for the worse - the possibilities are endless. Make the most of your holiday to Scotland whatever the weather. We’ve compiled a selection of ten visitor attractions from the Highlands to the Borderlands that offer a great indoor alternative for those rainy days for children and accompanying adults too!


1. Glasgow Climbing Centre

The Glasgow Climbing Centre is a great alternative to dealing with slippery cliff-faces in the rain. It’s a great space to improve your climbing skills, or take beginner’s courses. There are both lead and boulder walls with routes to the top to puzzle out, over 40 rope lines, and a handful of auto belays for use. If you would sooner watch other members of your family get into the thick of the task at hand, there is a café and an extensive kit shop to browse.

Where is it?

Glasgow

When is it open?

Monday to Friday: 11am to 10pm / Saturday and Sunday: 9am to 6pm

How much?

Prices vary depending on choice of course. Click here for further details.


2. Scottish Football Museum

If you are football mad, this is the place for you to warm up and escape the downpour. You don’t necessarily have to support a Scottish football team to appreciate this extensive and interesting collection of sports memorabilia and ephemera. You can have a tour of Hampden Stadium too – home of Scotland’s National Team. There’s also a great little café and shop to get a souvenir to commemorate your visit.

Where is it?

Glasgow

When is it open?

Monday to Saturday: 10am to 5pm / Sunday: 11am to 5pm

How much?

Prices vary depending on choice of activity. Click here for further details.


3. The Loch Ness Centre and Exhibition

Scotland is almost synonymous with the mythical Loch Ness Monster. Over 30 years old, the centre doesn’t disappoint all those who want to learn more about the sightings, theories, and the mystery of one of history’s most enduring myths; exhibits, true accounts and photographs are all on display. There is a café on-site, and a trip to the Loch Ness Centre and Exhibition is well-worth a visit if you are within decent driving distance. As the centre slogan goes,“This place has everything about Loch Ness that you can't see by looking at it!”

Where is it?

Drumnadrochit

When is it open?

Click here for further details.

How much?

Adult: £7.95 / Concessions: £6.75 / Children 6 to 15 (Free entry for children under six years old ) £4.95 / Family tickets available. Click here for further details.


4. Museum of Childhood

Situated on the Royal Mile in Edinburgh is one of the British Isles biggest and most comprehensive collections of children’s toys and games through the ages, along with school paraphernalia. With massive collections of Corgi, Matchbox and Dinky Cars, Meccano, Lego, Star Wars, Space 1999 for the boys and enough dolls houses and teddy bears to fill a palace, this is an unforgettable treat for Mum and Dads, as well as children. You never know what toys from your past you might see within its walls. The museum re-opens in March 2018 after a programme of refurbishment.

Where is it?

Edinburgh

What time is it?

Monday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday: 10am to 5pm / Sunday: 12pm to 5pm

How much?

Free (donations encouraged)


5. RRS Discovery

Follow in the footsteps of the explorer Captain Scott and visit the actual ship that the famous expedition leader journeyed to the Antarctic. This award-winning spectacle is a great place to visit if you are in Dundee – the place where this unique vessel was originally built. There is a visitor centre and gallery full of interactive displays, which should be of interest to children of all ages. Who doesn’t want to find out more about a life on the ocean waves?

Where is it?

Dundee

When is it open?

April to October: Monday to Saturday: 10am – 6pm / Sunday - 11am to 6pm

November to March: 10 am – 5pm every day / Sunday - 11am to 5pm

How much?

Prices vary depending on choice of activity. Click here for further details.


6. Smoo Cave

This is a good place to scramble and have fun if you like being out in the rain. There’s still plenty of places to shelter, but wrap up in your waterproofs and get yourself to Smoo’s Cave in Durness. If you want to find out what a life of smuggling would have looked like in centuries past, then look no further than this unspoilt, beauty spot; it’s also associated with the infamous Highlands 'cutpurse', McMurdo. There is a stable stair way down to the river side and the 50ft tall entrance to the cave.

Where is it?

Durness

When is it open?

Always open

How much?

Free


7. Inverness Aquadome Leisure Waters

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Hide away from the rain and get wet anyway. Inverness Aquadome, is, as the name spells out, a massive, fun indoor water park with wave machines, flumes, slides and enough to while away a few hours with the family. There are areas for children of all ages including splash areas for tiny tots.

Where is it?

Inverness

When’s it open?

Monday to Friday: 10am to 8pm / Saturday and Sunday: 9am to 5pm / Click here for further details.

How much?

Prices vary depending on choice of activity. Click here for further details.


8. Blair Drummond Safari Park

A good proportion of Blair Drummond Safari Park can be enjoyed under cover. The park has four large drive through enclosures to see monkeys, big cats, rhinos, zebras, camels and antelope. Take a covered boat trip around Chimpanzee Island too. There’s a bunch of activities on offer, so pick a day when there are intermittent showers forecast (at the very worst), rather than a black cloud day to get the full safari park experience.

Where is it?

Stirling / Falkirk area

When is it open?

10am to 5:30pm (The park is closed over November to March)

How much?

Prices vary depending on choice of activity. Click here for further details.


9. Camera Obscura and World of Illusions

One of Edinburgh’s most unusual curios is the Camera Obscura, which is perched on the roof of the World of Illusions – the city’s oldest existing visitor attraction. See live images projected onto a screen through a periscope; this mysterious Victorian-era roof chamber is a must-see. In the World of Illusions, you will find the Magic Gallery, the Light Fantastic which is full of holograms, Edinburgh Vision with its display of city photos across the ages, the Fun and Games Stairway, and a history of the museum itself.

Where is it?

Edinburgh

When is it Open?

July - August: Every day - 9am to 10pm / September – October: Every day 9:30am to 7pm / November – March: Every day 10am to 6pm / April – June: Every day 9:30 am to 7pm

How Much?

Vary depending on choice of activity. Click here for further details.


10. Dundee Science Centre

This is a great choice for families with inquisitive kids who have an interest in the world around them. A local learning resource as well as a tourist magnet, everyone who visits is bound to leave with some new and interesting facts under their belt; there are dozens of interactive displays, and hands-on exhibitions. The museum also hosts touring exhibitions with a rolling programme.

Where is it?

Dundee

When is it open?

Every day - 10am - 5pm

How much?

Prices vary depending on choice of activity. Click here for further details.


If you’re looking to stay close by and explore these indoor attractions in Scotland, take a look at our full collection of cottages in Scotland for some inspiration on where to base your next family holiday.

*Prices are correct at the time of publishing; however, they are subject to change.

Posted by Ed Roberts on 31st October 2017