TRAVEL

From choco­late to cul­ture via comics, we present 20 great ac­tiv­i­ties for all the fam­ily

The Herald Magazine - - CONTENTS - ANN FOTHER­ING­HAM

1 FAM­ILY FUN

Glas­gow’s Pol­lok Coun­try Park is a hub of ac­tiv­i­ties and events this Easter – high­lights in­clude craft­ing with the Coun­try­side Rangers, tours of the Fairy Vil­lage, fam­ily garden talks, chil­dren’s spring crafts, Easter egg trails and be­hind-the-scenes sta­ble vis­its to meet the park’s fa­mous horses. glas­gow.gov.uk/eventsinthep­ark

2 SET­TING SAIL

Head for the Gal­loway Ac­tiv­ity Cen­tre on Loch Ken, which of­fers ex­pert wa­ter­sports in­struc­tion and fun fam­ily ac­tiv­ity days. You can make a week­end of it by camp­ing overnight in a yurt be­side the loch. lochken.co.uk, 01556 502011

3 CAS­TLE LIFE

Be on your best be­hav­iour at Culzean Cas­tle in Ayr­shire this spring break – the ser­vants are out and about for the fam­ily event But­ler, House­maid, Foot­man, Cook. Ex­plore the ram­bling es­tate, stun­ning grounds, beaches and cliffs; ad­mire the grand in­te­ri­ors and im­pres­sive col­lec­tions and let the kids run wild in the chil­dren’s Ad­ven­ture Cove play area. nts.org.uk, 01655 884455

4 GHOSTLY GO­INGS-ON

Ed­in­burgh’s walk­ing com­pany, Mer­cat Tours, has launched its first ex­pe­ri­ence for chil­dren, Ghosts, Gore and Grime, just in time for the Easter hol­i­days. It will in­clude ghoul­ish sto­ries from Ed­in­burgh’s past and a visit to the city’s fa­mous Blair Street Un­der­ground Vaults, with ex­cit­ing tales of stink­ing streets, ter­ri­ble tor­tures and ghostly go­ings-on. Per­fect for the Hor­ri­ble His­to­ries gen­er­a­tion. Tours run at week­ends, prices start at £8. mer­cat­tours.com

5 COMIC ART

Kelv­in­grove Mu­seum and Art Gallery is host­ing the Frank Quitely: Art of Comics ex­hi­bi­tion from today un­til Oc­to­ber 1 and to tie in with it is invit­ing 12 to 16-year-olds to get in­volved in the Comix­world: Drama Camp. Par­tic­i­pants will cre­ate and per­form a drama over three days by ex­plor­ing the mul­ti­verse of su­per­heroes and vil­lains and de­sign­ing cos­tumes. Book­ing es­sen­tial, cost £25 per per­son. 0141 276 9505

6 HIT THE ROAD

Scot­land’s an­swer to Route 66 is the North Coast 500 (NC500), cre­ated in 2014 by the North High­land Ini­tia­tive to boost tourism in the north of the coun­try. Bring­ing to­gether a route of just over 500 miles of

PHO­TO­GRAPH: JULIE HOW­DEN

Above: Easter wouldn’t be Easter with­out hunt­ing for eggs

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