Summer in Scotland can be everything from awesome to frustrating (much of the frustration comes from the unpredictability of the Scottish weather!). I love the light nights and on a warm, sunny, summer’s day there is nowhere I’d rather be. This year we had a staycation. Armed with sunscreen and raincoats, we went on day trips around Scotland. As well as firm favourites like the Glasgow Science Centre, we also went a bit further afield (you can read more about Glasgow and Edinburgh kid friendly activities in a previous post).
The Falkirk Wheel
The Scots are famed for their ingenuity. A recent example of this is the Falkirk Wheel. The only one of it’s kind in the world. The Falkirk Wheel links the Union and the Forth and Clyde canals and replaces a system of 11 locks which used to take a day to traverse. Originally the Falkirk Wheel wasn’t planned as a tourist attraction, but so many people wanted to visit and ride on the wheel that there is now a Visitors Centre, where you can book a boat trip on the wheel, and the area around the Falkirk Wheel has been transformed into a kids water play area.
“I see The Kelpies as a personification of local and national equine history, of the lost industries of Scotland. I also envisage them as a symbol of modern Scotland – proud and majestic, of the people and the land.” Andy Scott
The kids were suitably impressed, their only slight disappointment was having to leave before it got dark, so we didn’t get to see them lit up!
There is a great time lapse video of construction of The Kelpies here.
Heads of Ayr Farm Park
We always enjoy a day out at Heads of Ayr! There are lots of things to keep the kids happy, from giant sand pits and jumping pillows to zip lines and a donut slide. There is also an Animal Zone and indoor Adventure Barn. My Primary school aged kids are at the perfect age to enjoy Heads of Ayr to the fullest! I’ve posted some pics from the day on my Instagram.
Whitelee Wind Farm
Something I’ve been meaning to do for a while was a trip up to Whitelee wind farm. There are lots of tracks around the turbines for walking, cycling and mountain biking. The day we had planned our visit for turned out to be wet and overcast but, determined, we packed a change of clothes and the bikes and headed on up.
When we got out there, literally among the clouds, I felt like I was on another planet! The wind turbines are an impressive sight and what with the low cloud and the swooshing of the blades, the atmosphere was eerily alien and strangely thrilling!
After getting thoroughly soaked, and a much shorter bike ride than planned, we headed back to the cafe and visitors centre for hot chocolate and cake! I’m so glad we went though and I will definitely be going back but, perhaps, I’ll wait for a dry day!