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Enjoy Great Family Days Out in Edinburgh and the Lothians

15 April 2011


Wondering about how to entertain the kids now that Easter is almost upon us?  Why not drag them away from their X-boxes and take them for a family day out to one of Scotland’s historic sites?

Now that Spring is here, all of Historic Scotland’s seasonal sites are open to welcome visitors.  Kids go free at Cairnpapple Hill from 22nd to 24th April.  In addition,  if you fancy tiring them out and you could do with burning off  some of those Easter egg calories, why not have a bracing walk to the summit? On a good day you will be rewarded with stunning views over Central Scotland and even as far as Goat Fell on Arran.

Alternatively why not visit Crichton Castle with its stunning 16th century courtyard facade?  Surrounded by  woodlands and meadows, it has an abundance of  wildflowers and birdlife and is also an important bat roost.

Other amazing views can be seen at Blackness Castle, built in the 15th century, a stronghold built for war.  The views from the towers and curtain wall take in a panorama of the Firth of Forth and the rail and road bridges.   Tantallon Castle, set above the cliffs on the Firth of Forth gives a great view of the Bass Rock with its colony of gannets and Fulmars which nest on the cliffs below the castle.

If you prefer a tranquil, serene setting, this time of year is perfect to admire the daffodils in the beautiful wooded surroundings of the magnificent Seton Collegiate Church with its 15th century chancel and apse and rare survivals of the priests’ domestic quarters.  

Stephen Duncan, Historic Scotland’s Director of Commercial and Tourism said: ““Now that the Easter holidays are upon us, getting the family out and about to one of our sites is a great way of having fun and learning about Scotland’s fascinating history and heritage.”

“Costing less than £7 a month for a family, membership enables free admission to all of Historic Scotland’s 78 paid-entry visitor attractions throughout the country, as well as free entry to a host of special events taking place at them throughout the year.”

Notes for editors

  • Historic Scotland is an executive agency of the Scottish Government charged with safeguarding the nation’s historic environment. The agency is fully accountable to Scottish Ministers and through them to the Scottish Parliament. For more information visit  

  • Historic Scotland’s mission is: to safeguard Scotland’s historic environment and to promote its understanding and enjoyment.

  • For details of Historic Scotland’s exciting 2011 events programme – which features a diverse range of colourful events at historic attractions throughout the country - visit

For further information

Jennifer Johnston-Watt
Communications and Media Officer
Communications and Media
0131 668 8070 or 07827 956 866