Bring the Family
There’s so much to see and do in Glasgow and its surrounding areas; it’s easy to see why the city’s listed in the Rough Guide’s top ten cities to visit in 2014. So why not bring the family and let them sample the delights of this dynamic city while you’re busy at the conference?
What’s more, Scotland, as a country, is really accessible. If you fancy extending your stay you’ll find it easy to combine your city break with a trip around the stunning scenery and attractions of this beautiful country.
In and Around Glasgow
First things first, get your bearings by hopping on an open top bus for a whistle-stop tour of all the sights of the city. Children will love a visit to Glasgow Science Centre & IMAX, for three-floors of interactive exhibits and fun. While you’re in the area, the Tall Ship and the Riverside Museum are right next door. And if you fancy taking advantage of the beautiful riverside location, you can even take a powerboat trip down the Clyde!
For younger family members looking to burn off some excess energy, jump on a bus for an action packed day at Intu Braehead, a one-stop shop entertainment venue, housing a huge variety of family-friendly activities. From soft-play to indoor rock-climbing, bowling to laserquest, there’s something for everyone. There’s even an indoor real snow slope – and lots of places to eat and shop too. Or if you’re looking for even more thrills head to M&Ds Theme Park, with five white-knuckle rides and over 20 kids’ rides, there’s lots to keep the whole family entertained.
For a bit of culture and education, Glasgow is also home to a diverse range of museums. Whether your interests are transport, science, nature, history or heritage, you’ll find something to suit your tastes in the city.
Edinburgh is Scotland’s capital city and a great family destination. Visit the castle, zoo, dungeons, parliament buildings and numerous museums, while taking in the beautiful scenery of the Old and New Towns.
For a family day out to remember, book a ticket on the West Highland Line . Voted the ‘world’s most scenic train journey’ for three consecutive years by Wanderlust magazine, this Glasgow to Mallaig train ride takes you on an amazing journey through iconic Highland scenery. And if you've Harry Potter fans in the family, you must change train at Fort William and board ‘The Jacobite’, an old-style steam train over the Glenfinnan Viaduct, famously featured in the films.
Hire a car and drive through the atmospheric Lost Valley of Glencoe, then head up to the village of Kyle where you’ll find the Skye Bridge. Cross the water and visit the stunning Isle of Skye, one of Scotland’s top tourist destinations.
Hire a car and head east through the delightful fishing villages of the East Neuk of Fife to St Andrews. With an international reputation as a place of learning, culture and heritage, St Andrews is also a great place for families. Head to the beach for some seaside fun, visit the castle, cathedral and aquarium – there’s even a secret bunker!
Scotland’s dramatic western coastline lends itself to adventure. And if your family’s the adventurous type it doesn’t get any better than island hopping. You can jump on a train and head 30-minutes down the coast to the islands of Bute, Millport and Arran. Or, go further afield and head up to Oban, gateway to the islands of Mull, Iona and Staffa. The Orkneys provide some of the most stunning beaches (and wildlife) you’ll find – with around 70 islands making up the archipelago. And finally, the Outer Hebrides. Despite being the furthest from the mainland, these islands are surprisingly accessible with an inter-island ferry service.
We've picked our Scottish highlights, but you'll find lots more information and ideas at Visit Scotland.