Travel: Experts slam taskforce report on summer holidays
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Entertaining the kids throughout the summer holidays is tough, but there’s so many fun places to visit and things you can do within Scotland to keep them busy. Express.co.uk reveals the top 9 places to go with your kids during the summer holidays.
Free Harry Potter tour
In Edinburgh, there’s a free Harry Potter tour for all Potter-heads to enjoy.
JK Rowling wrote the first Harry Potter book in Edinburgh and much of the scenery in the novel is based on what she saw in Edinburgh.
Come along to the Free Harry Potter Tour to explore the magic world that inspired JK Rowling to create the Universe of Harry Potter.
Walk the Diagon Alley, see the real Hogwarts and meet the characters who are part of the magical world of Harry Potter.
Book the tour online here for free and meet the tour guide at 2pm at 154 High Street (Royal Mile)
Macduff Marine Aquarium, Macduff Scotland
Meet hundreds of local fishy characters at this fascinating aquarium in Macduff.
Enjoy daily feed shows, touch pool sessions and see divers feeding the fish!
It’s not too pricey either at £22.40 for a family of four.
Argaty Red Kites
Argaty Red Kites near Stirling in Scotland is a conservation and rewilding project on a family estate.
In this area of Central Scotland, the RSPB and Scottish Natural Heritage have reintroduced the red kite, which used to be Britain’s most common bird of prey.
Argaty is home to a large number of these exciting birds, and an abundance of rare red squirrels.
Visitors can enjoy guided visits to see the estate’s red kites and red squirrels, take ATV buggy tours, dragonfly walks, pond dipping sessions, wildlife talks and bespoke wildlife tours, as well as relaxing and enjoying the amazing landscapes.
They’ve also just renovated a cottage so guests can now stay on the estate too and enjoy a range of eco-tourism experiences for longer.
Beirhope Alpacas is an ex-farm and now home to a growing herd of Alpacas in the heart of the Cheviot Hills.
Whether you trek into the hills with the Alpacas or book a ‘meet-a-paca’ package, this is your chance to get up close and personal with the beautiful creature.
The male Alpacas are all experienced with meeting people and walking and will take you on the most spectacular journey through the Cheviot Hills.
The female Alpacas and their babies will happily let you feed them treats that are supplied for you.
Go Ape! is an outdoor adventure company that runs treetop ropes courses under the names Tree Top Challenge, Tree Top Adventure and Zip Trekking, as well as ground-based Forest Segway Safaris, at locations across the United Kingdom and the United States
There are four fantastic Go Ape sites to choose from in Scotland: Aberfoyle, Aberdeen, Dalkeith Edinburgh and Glentress Forests.
The Scottish Go Ape locations give you the very best Scotland has to offer, with treetops views of the Scottish Highlands, mountains, loch and the sea.
It’s also home to two of the longest Go Ape zips in the UK at Go Ape Aberfoyle, and Go Ape Dalkeith. Edinburgh is the newest one.
The Tweed Valley Osprey Project
The osprey viewing centre in Glentress is a lovely trip for all the family.
The osprey, also called sea hawk, river hawk, and fish hawk, is a diurnal, fish-eating bird of prey, reaching more than 60 cm in length and 180 cm across the wings.
Ospreys have been coming to breed here since the 1990s and the Project aims to protect and provide safe places for them to settle and nest.
The live remote viewing facilities allow visitors to see these gorgeous creatures in action and you’ll get a chance to see them feed during daylight season.
After a visit to the viewing centre, enjoy some coffee and cake at the cafe and take in the many other activities on offer at Glentress.
Rib trips Eyemouth
Eyemouth Rib Trips are the best way to see the Berwickshire coastline of the Scottish Borders.
Hop on one of the powerboats with highly experienced powerboat skipper Tim Grimshaw at the helm to get views of the cliffs, coves, seabirds and seals.
Discover the seascapes around Eyemouth and St Abbs, two old-established and picturesque sea-going communities.
Up to 12 passengers are allowed on at a time, so there is plenty of room for the whole family.
WDC Scottish Dolphin Centre
If you’re in Moray, head over to the WDC Scottish Dolphin Centre at the mouth of the River Spey where the world’s largest bottlenose dolphins are regularly seen feeding, hunting and breaching.
The dolphins are wild and free along with seals, ospreys, the occasional otter and a whole host of other wildlife. The best bit? It’s totally free to visit!
Wild About Argyll – Eat the View
Wild About Argyll has launched the UK’s first ‘view inspired’ cuisine in time for summer as part of the Taste of Place Trails.
Argyll covers 3,723km of coastline, 23 inhabited islands, 61 medieval castles and 24 gin and whisky distilleries – and is now set to launch an experience for tourists where you can literally eat the view.
The new trails, located throughout one of Scotland’s most scenic regions, will see a series of local food and drink producers prepare a selection of limited-edition ‘eat the view’ picnics – with everything on the menu created from the sights around.
Tourists will then be guided to an Insta-worthy viewpoint to savour the sights they’re eating.
From freshly caught seafood with its nutrient-rich waters thanks to the Gulf Stream to wild food heaven from Scotland’s very own rainforest, the specials will all be handmade to pick up from a neighbouring restaurant or cafe located along five new food and drink trails – seafood, spirit and beer, farm produce, vegan, and coffee and cake.
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