What to do this summer?

What to do this summer? The summer holidays are about to start and many parents are beginning to think of ways to entertain the kids to prevent the ‘I’m bored’ moments.

“what are we doing today?”

Auchindrain Township Open Air Museum

Recognised worldwide as the last and most complete example of a Highland farm township, where a group of families worked the land in common.

Agricultural improvements in the 18th and 19th centuries, the Highland Clearances and the development of crofting changed farming, families and the face of the Highlands forever, but Auchindrain carried on much as before, just slowly evolving. Here you have a unique opportunity to see life as it was.

“i’m hungry”

Tea room open daily with home baking, fresh soups, hot and cold drinks and lunches. Free entry to tea room and shop!

Can I have one of those?”

Our shop stocks a diverse range of farmyard and local history books and gifts, as well as quality local crafts.

“i need a wee”

Both ladies’ and gents’ toilets available and easily accessed from the car park area.

“are we there yet?”

Auchindrain is on the A83, six miles south of Inveraray. Satnav PA32 8XN, but if coming from Inveraray look for the signposted side turning left before reaching the satnav destination.

 “what are we doing today?”

Regularly voted a Top Scottish Visitor Attraction, Inveraray Jail makes prison more fun than it should be!
The Jail is a living museum where real people (and the odd mannequin) portray life in a 19th century prison, a terrific aid to the learning processes and something really different from a historical day trip! Interact with costumed characters and talk to the prisoners who will apparently describe their prison ordeals and daily routines in graphic detail! Meet the Warder, go to jail and witness cell life, sample the punishments if you’ve got the bottle, then make good the family escape!

While all of it is legitimately educational some of the exhibits and experiences may be worrying or upsetting to small or sensitive sorts, so do plan ahead if you intend to miss bits, or need to contact them for guidance.
Plus browse the exhibition of prison artifacts, watch courtroom trials, and explore the grounds.

Old Prison

Walk the narrow corridors, see the cramped, overcrowded cells and witness how young children were kept in cells alongside  lunatics. Hear the jangle of keys and the sound of heavy boots echo in the corridor as the Warder comes to lock you up. Meet the prisoners and listen to their stories about life in jail.

Bigger and braver types can join the UK’s top ghost hunters in ghost hunting nights and paranormal investigations, held here regularly for those who like such things.

The Hollow Mountain

Situated amongst some of Scotland’s most beautiful scenery, lying deep within Ben Cruachan is one of the country’s most amazing engineering achievements.

Hidden deep within the mountain of Ben Cruachan on the shores of Loch awe is Cruachan Power Station.

Here, a short distance from Oban, you can discover one of the hidden wonders of the Highlands. A power station buried one kilometre below the ground.

At its centre lies a massive cavern, high enough to house the Tower of London! Here enormous turbines convert the power of water into electricity, available to you in your home at the flick of a switch.

Inside the mountain

Cruachan Centre

The hollow mountain is a place like no other. An underground world on a spectacular scale.

Sea Life Adventures

Sealife Adventures operate whale and wildlife watching boat trips from our pontoon near Oban on the west coast of Scotland, overlooking Mull.

All cruises visit the Corryvreckan whirlpool.

The area is exceptional for porpoise, minke whales, dolphins, basking sharks, otters and seals. Bird watching highlights include sea eagles, golden eagles, puffins and a great variety of seabirds.

We run 3, 4 and 5 hour tours from the mainland – All ages welcome!

Whale, porpoise, dolphin & eagle watching hotspot

So why not come in and meet our feathered companions. Visitors always leave enlightened, having learned a great deal more about birds of prey. Most are surprised at the number of species there are. All visitors comment on how close they can get to the birds, and appr

The Firth of Lorn Special Area of Conservation embraces uninhabited islands and dramatic sea cliffs. Golden and sea eagles are resident and the rugged coastline is home to otters, deer, and wild goats.

Rich feeding grounds create a hotspot for sightings of whales, porpoises, dolphins, basking sharks and an amazing abundance of seabirds. Scallop-dredging and tangle-netting are banned and these waters host an internationally important population of porpoises and seals. The SAC is rivaled only by St. Kilda in terms of the variety of marine species.

“what are we doing today?”

The Scottish Sea Life Sanctuary features over 50 natural Marine Displays, daily talks and feeding demonstrations by our Animal Care Team and the amazing Forest Adventure Play Park.SeaRescue2

Now featuring The Turtle Shelter!

Shoreline Coffee Shop with handmade cakes and are infamous ‘Crabbucinos’.

healthy food

A variety of food and drinks available to suit all tastes.

“Can I have one of those?

Our SEA LIFE Gift shop with perfect souvenirs for all ages to take home to remember a wonderful trip to Oban.

“i need a wee”

Disabled toilets and Baby change facilities provided.

and baby come too…

Baby Change facilities provided and maps for pushchair access around the site. High Chairs available.

“are we there yet?”

10m north of Oban on the A828. Bus 405 runs every hour to us also.

Don’t forget to watch our talks and feeding demonstrations throughout the day!

Go Ape, the Award-winning No.1 Forest Adventure in the UK.

The first Go Ape adventure to reach Scotland will not disappoint the thrill seekers amongst you.
Aberfoyle proudly boasts two of Britain’s longest zip wires with each stretching out at 400m long and over a 27m waterfall!

After a safety brief you are free to tackle the original Tree Top Adventure and all the obstacles on offer whilst taking in the stunning Queen Elizabeth Forest Park scenery.

“i’m hungry

Lunches, snacks and yummy home baking are available at Liz MacGregor’s Coffee Shop which is open daily between 10am and 5pm throughout June and 10am and 6pm during July. Picnic tables are also available.

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Go Ape Gear It’s very possible that when you pull on Go Ape gear, you’ll feel a sudden urge to live life more adventurously. But don’t panic. When that moment arrives you can be confident that our garments have been engineered to cope.

“i need a wee”

Disabled toilets are available within the park. Toilets and baby changing facilities are available within the park.

“are we there yet?”

By car Go Ape is located at the David Marshall Lodge Visitor Centre, a mile north of Aberfoyle on the A821 (Dukes Pass) in the Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park. Follow the A81 to Aberfoyle and look out for signs for the “David Marshall Lodge”. By public transport The nearest train station is located at Stirling. First ScotRail operate a service from Glasgow Queen Street to Stirling (www.firstgroup.com/scotrail). You can then take a bus from Stirling Bus Centre (Timetable enquiries: 01786 446474) or a taxi up to the course.

...got any top tips?

Wear something you don’t mind getting grubby and dress for the weather. Britain’s two longest zip wires and a Go Ape course on top makes this the most talked about course in the UK.

To experience the thrill of flying 150 feet above the 90 foot waterfalls is worth a journey on its own.

Welcome to Funworld where all the family can join in the fun.funworld-greenock-softplay

Our amazing centre has been designed to keep everyone entertained, adults can also play on our Giant Astro Slide with their children, whizz around our racing track on our Go Karts and bigger kids and adults can try our laser tag in one of Scotland’s largest laser tag arena’s at Laser Matrix. Relax and enjoy the aroma of rich Italian Coffee in our Bistro Café or try one of our delicious meals from locally sourced suppliers.

A 4 star winner championed by the Scottish Tourist Board the What to do this summer? welcomes adventurers over 7 to enter their multi level battle zone filled with dramatic music, flashing laser blasts and special UV art work! The whole place as you might have guessed is designed around the Matrix movies, so most of its major characters are excellently emblazoned about the walls in exuberant glow in the dark paints.

If you’re not an aficionado then here’s the skinny: laser tag is basically hide and seek with laser guns, you tag anyone you can see (unless you’re playing a team option, then you have to be a bit more discriminating with your phasor fire!) and try to keep hidden and moving so you don’t get hit much yourself. Completely sensation less and harmless the guns fire infra red lasers that simply register the hit on the equipment for you all to examine at the end!

And it’s right next door to Funworld Play Centre too, so why not ease them back into reality after the battle zone with a mid way option before trying to shoe horn them into the car? It’s also handy if you’re packing non laser gamers as a pleasing alternative. And they offer party packages which combine a trip to both!

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