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Cracked it! Days out to help make your family’s Easter eggstra-special

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Easter is here and with kids off for a long weekend, there’s loads of opportunity to have some family fun.

We’ve put together our, yes, egg-cellent, guide to some of the great days out to be had all across Scotland. Details of timings, charges and availability are on the websites.

Geilston Garden

The National Trust for Scotland is hosting its annual Cadbury’s Easter Egg Hunts at many of its properties right across the country.

They are always a huge draw and Geilston Garden in Cardross is just one of the perfect places to enjoy the fun. It’s a 200-year-old walled garden on the banks of the River Clyde with dazzling colours on show during the summer.

However, today and tomorrow it’s all about enjoying family fun, following bunny’s clues to win chocolately prizes.

Kids can get creative in the walled garden with spring-themed arts and crafts while the adults enjoy a cuppa, and everyone can bring their own eggs to roll down the bank and enjoy lawn games.

Culzean Castle and Country Park, Pollok House, Brodie House, Branklyn House and Alloa Tower are just a few of the other properties taking part.

Traquair House

There’s sure to be an a-maze-ing time at Traquair House today as it once again stages the Borders’ biggest egg hunt.

The popular tourist attraction is home to the biggest hedged maze in Scotland and the event is now in its 19th year.

There will be 6000 mini eggs to be found and the organisers guarantee no child will leave empty handed. The Easter egg hunts are for the under-10s with an Easter egg scramble for under-5s in the Walled Garden.

There’s a host of other fun activities for families, including the communal decorating of a giant 6ft egg. It runs from 11am to 5pm.


You can get back to nature while having fun with special events being put on by the RSPB around the country.

They include an Easter Eggstravaganza at Lochwinnoch Nature Reserve tomorrow between noon and 3pm. Egg decoration and a treasure hunt among the beauties of the countryside are just a couple of the attractions.

Today also sees the culmination of an Easter curlew trail at Loch Leven, following it round the beautiful woodlands to find wildlife, solve a puzzle and win a tasty treat.

Scone Palace

Scone Palace in Perth host their entertaining Easter Sunday Pirate Fun Day this afternoon. It’s an action-packed event with a bouncy adventure ship, pirate face painting, a treasure hunt and much more. Painted eggs can be rolled down the Moot Hill.

North Berwick

With eggs very much on everyone’s mind, the Scottish Seabird Centre in North Berwick has its own Easter action, including a puppet show today called Escape! Aimed at youngsters from the age of two, it’s centred around Percy puffin’s attempt to leave the burrow and head back to see to meet his friends. There is also Ro-bish Removals, joining Professor Egghead to see how robots can help clean the oceans. It’s a science show for those aged six and upwards, on today and tomorrow.

Blair Drummond

Animal antics will be to the fore at Blair Drummond Safari Park today and tomorrow. Visitors can learn about the egg-laying creatures in the park as well as following an Easter bunny scavenger hunt for prizes. There’s also extra spring-themed entertainment and a special edition version of 3D film Big Buck Bunny’s Day Out.

Botanic Garden

Flower power is the name of the game at the Royal Botanic Garden in Edinburgh. Both today and tomorrow, young visitors can join Botanics Bunny and some friends for a hunt through the garden to complete a trail and get a tasty treat at the end from Mackies of Scotland. At Logan Botanic Garden today there’s an Easter Treasure Hunt. Collect a sheet from the shop, track down the clues and claim your prize.

Eggsplorer Trails

Historic Environments Scotland are running their popular Easter Eggsplorer Trails at some of their most iconic castles, abbeys, forts and castles right across the country. It’s just a case of following the clues and completing the challenges.

Aberlour Castle, Blackness Castle, Craigmillar Castle, Dryburgh Abbey, Dumbarton Castle, Elgin Cathedral, Fort George, Huntly Castle, Linlithgow Palace and Tantallon Castle are just some of those taking part.

Easter Egg Trail

Epilepsy Scotland are staging their annual Easter Egg Trail at the stylish House for an Art Lover in Glasgow. Hunt for clues in the grounds of beautiful Bellahouston Park to find your chocolate egg. There will also be colouring in, a children’s tombola and a visit from the Easter Bunny.