Recently voted the most beautiful country in the world, Scotland is full of glorious places to discover and explore. From breath-taking natural beauty spots to fascinating city exploits, bonnie Scotland is the place to be.
If you’re a guest at one of our three Hallmark Hotels in Scotland this half term, we have lots of ideas for you and your family to enjoy the local area.
The west coast of Scotland is unspoilt and full of natural beauty – it’ll make you want to stay forever. With plenty of sandy beaches to explore, there’s plenty to do in and around Irvine to suit the whole family this half term.
Just a five-minute drive from Hallmark Hotel Irvine is the lovely Eglinton Country Park – a gorgeous outdoor space which has plenty to do for everyone, including three adventure playground areas for the kids. There’s also an enclosed play area for the under-eights, so the littlest ones can run riot while the parents enjoy food and hot drinks from the cafe. The countryside rangers also organise a whole host of activities and pursuits in the park all year round, so it’s always worth checking what’s on.
The Scottish Maritime Museum in Irvine is an award-winning museum and offers a great day out. Learn all about Scotland’s important role in maritime history and the historic ships and their stories. You can even build your own boat and test it out on one of the museum’s special boating ponds.
Or you can keep it simple, choosing to enjoy a brisk walk along Irvine beach, complete with great views and white sand.
Hallmark Hotel Glasgow is situated right in the heart of this vibrant city, meaning you’re spoiled location-wise.
Kids love the Glasgow Science Centre so be sure to put that on your itinerary this half term. Get involved in tons of immersive discovery experiences, see over 400 interactive exhibits and learn about space, science, astronomy, illusions, energy, and loads more! They’re hosting a Halloween Fright Night which is suitable for all ages, so get your tickets!
After all the learning, why not treat your little ones to a good burger at the Hard Rock Cafe Glasgow? Or better still, one of Hard Rock’s Li’l Monsters Breakfasts; a special event during the last weekend in October, it includes a big spooky breakfast buffet, complete with a kids party entertainer and lots of games and competitions!
There are plenty of activity and play centres throughout Glasgow that your children will enjoy as well as other interesting museums to feed their little minds. Two of the best examples include Scotland Street Museum and the People’s Palace where you’ll learn all about Glaswegian history and culture.
Aberdeen (known as the Granite City because of the sparkly grey stone which many of the buildings are made of) is a unique place, with a rich history as well as its very own accent called Doric.
Set on the coast, the city is within walking distance of a gorgeous sandy beach and breath-taking cliffs. Aberdeen has everything on its doorstep, including the majestic Cairngorms National Park or the stunning mountainous area of Royal Deeside where you’ll find Balmoral Castle, home to the Royal Family since Queen Victoria’s reign.
If you’re staying with us at Hallmark Hotel Aberdeen Airport, you’re perfectly situated to enjoy all that Aberdeenshire has to offer this half term.
While in the city, make sure you head over to the Aberdeen Science Centre for a day of mind-blowing discovery and learning. You’ll witness experiments which will enthral children from the age of four and up. They’re even having a Halloween party on the 28th of October from 5pm to 7pm, so get your wee ones into their spooky costumes and down to the centre for a boogie!
You can’t spend half term in Aberdeen without a day at Codonas – Scotland’s favourite amusement park. Filled with fun rides, as well as bowling and an adventure playground, Codonas is a fun-filled family day out by the coast. To top it off, they’re running a half price October Spook-Tacular, so you can get half price wristbands on certain dates and there’ll be a whole host of Halloween tricks and treats (like a Frankenstein in 4D motion ride).
Make sure you take a trip down to the harbour and you may well see the resident pod of dolphins. Have a look through this list of things to do in Aberdeen with the kids for more ideas.
We hope that you’ve found this guide to family fun in Scotland this half term useful. Be sure to ask our staff about the local area, they’ll be happy to answer your questions and give you any recommendations.