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SCOTSPIRIT DAY TRIPS 2017 - FREE days out for families you work with

Thanks to a partnership with Visit Scotland and the generosity of attractions and transport providers across Scotland we are able to offer a wide range of fun and exciting free day trips for families you work with. Families could visit world famous sites like Edinburgh or Stirling Castles, go on a group trip to Loch Katrine, be inspired at the Glasgow Science Centre, or enjoy a simple day out at the beach.

Who can go on these day trips and when will they take place?   These trips are for families who haven’t had a break this year and would be unlikely to afford a day out. Families will be visiting attractions independently so please consider this when selecting families. We can only help families once each.

How many families can I send?   As many families as you think would benefit from the offer!

How do I apply?  For each family you want to apply for please email us with the following information:

  • The family name
  • Which attraction they’d like to visit
  • When they’d like to go (dates available are from September 16th through to October 31st)
  • How many adults and children (under 16) are in the group
  • How they plan to travel to the attraction, eg car, train, etc,
  • And, if by public transport, the family’s nearest railway station

If you’re registered with us as a referrer you could also login and apply online, here:

The list of attractions we currently have is below.

Tickets will be allocated on a first come first served basis.

  • Aberdeen Science Centre
  • Brodick Castle, Arran, via CalMac from Ardrossan
  • Bute Bus Tour, Bute, via CalMac from Wemyss Bay
  • Dundee Trip; Discovery Point & Verdant Works & Dundee Museum of Transport
  • Dunoon Bus Tour, via CalMac from Gourock
  • Edinburgh Castle (tickets for 2 adults and up to 6 children)
  • Fort Douglas / Dalkeith Country Park
  • Glasgow Bus Tour
  • Go Ape at three locations – Crathes Castle, Aberfoyle or Peebles (minimum age 10, minimum height 1.4 metres)
  • Haggis Adventures – a coach tour from Edinburgh to Stirling Castle (ticket included), the Kelpies and Loch Lomond/the Trossachs. Once you’ve applied we’ll call to discuss dates.
  • Haggis Adventures – a couch tour from Edinburgh to St Andrews, with a ticket to St Andrews Aquarium. Once you’ve applied we’ll call to discuss dates.
  • Inverness Castle and Dolphin Spirit wildlife boat trip (Historic Environment Scotland and Dolphin Spirit Cruises)
  • Loch Ness by Jacobite ferry cruise from Dochgarroch Lock, near Inverness and trip to Inverness Castle viewpoint (max 2 adults / 3 children)
  • Mercat Tours and Edinburgh Castle
  • Mount Stuart, Bute, via CalMac from Wemyss Bay
  • Museum of Flight, East Lothian – has aeroplanes!
  • Museum of Rural Life, East Kilbride – has animals!
  • National Wallace Monument
  • National Trust for Scotland – various locations across Scotland.
  • New Lanark Village – a UNESCO world heritage site (2 adults and 3 children)
  • North Berwick; Seabird Centre, Swimming and £10 Whynot Café voucher
  • Palace of Holyrood House (Family Fun Day on 29th October – no other dates available)
  • Robertson Museum and Aquarium, Great Cumbrae, via CalMac from Largs
  • Rosslyn Chapel – of Da Vinci code fame (tickets for 2 adults and their children)
  • Rothesay Castle, Bute, via CalMac from Wemyss Bay
  • SEALIFE Loch Lomond and Bird of Prey Centre Balloch
  • Scottish Seabird Centre, North Berwick, and a trip swimming at EnjoyLeisure’s North Berwick Sport Centre (max 4 people)
  • St Andrews Aquarium (tickets for 2 adults and 2 children)
  • Stirling Castle (tickets for 2 adults and up to 6 children)
  • Vikingar!

We look forwards to your applications. Any questions please email or call 0203 117 0651 or visit the Family Holiday Association website

All information on this site is provided to the best of our knowledge but please call the organisation involved for more details.

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