AS the summer holidays are fast approaching, with most schools breaking up next week, you are probably wondering how to entertain the kids and whether a UK holiday is right for you.
To help, we’ve costed up the travel for a family of four to a selection of sunshine inspired locations with travel options from Glasgow and Edinburgh.
We figure your kids might be fed up by the middle of July and need a little holiday, so all searches are based on travel from 22nd – 29th July.
London calling: fun for all the family in the big smoke
Fancy a spot of sight-seeing but don’t want the faff of going abroad? London has everything you could dream of!
From family attractions such as trips to see the Crown Jewels and the London Dungeon to days in the park looking over the London skyline on Primrose Hill, this city has it covered.
You can book with gopili.co.uk and fly from Edinburgh for £93 return pp, costing a total of £400 for return travel for the entire family.
If you and the kids have time on your side then the best way to travel is by bus with prices starting from £45 per person and totalling £180 return for everyone.
Escape the rat race and explore the Lake District
Offering breathtaking scenery and the deepest lake in England, the Lake District region and national park in Cumbria, northwest England is your answer.
With Direct busses for just £25 return, you can travel to Windermere.
The Lakes are surrounded by mountain peaks and villages including Bowness-on-Windermere, where The World of Beatrix Potter Attraction has modern displays on the children’s writer.
In the north, trails lead to Orrest Head, a hill with views across the lakes and the fells beyond, and Holehird Gardens, with their alpines, heathers and shrubs.
You can book with gopili.co.uk and take the train for £24 per person which results in a return journey for two adults and two children for under £100 which is very good value indeed!
Looking to tick that city break off your family’s bucket list and perhaps take them to a new country?
Look no further than Northern Ireland. Booking via gopili.co.uk, you can get to Belfast for just £61.
When you’re there, you and the children can enjoy stepping aboard the famous Titanic which thanks to a dedicated museum in the city centre.
Alternative low budget entertainment options include exploring the award-winning parks which surround the city and enjoying the rugged Northern Irish coastline.
Hop on a flight from Glasgow airport for £61 return per person with flights going throughout the day. You can also opt to train / ferry it if time is on your side and get there and back for one pound less!
Whitby is a seaside town in Yorkshire, split by the stunning River Esk on the East Cliff, overlooking the North Sea.
Home to the ruined Gothic Whitby Abbey, which was Bram Stoker’s inspiration for “Dracula”, this is a great place to escape with the kids for bank holiday.
If you’re feeling fit then close to the town centre is the stunning Church of St. Mary which can be reached by climbing 199 steps and offers stunning views of the coast.
If the weather fails you then don’t worry, The Captain Cook Memorial Museum, in the house where Cook once lived, is a fun day out for all with lots of displays of local paintings and maps.
And if the sun does shine, then pop down to the west of town which is home to West Cliff Beach, lined with cute little beach huts.
Travel via train from Glasgow for £57 pp return and £228 for the whole family to get there and back via gopili.