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Rainy days in the Troassachs

CakegirlCakegirl Member ✭✭
I'm heading to the Trossachs for holidays and as the weather is looking rather unsettled, does anyone have any ideas for some rainy day activities with young children? Thanks 

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  • [Deleted User][Deleted User] ✭✭✭✭
    edited July 2016 Accepted Answer
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  • VisitScotlandJulieVisitScotlandJulie Member, Moderator, VisitScotland Staff
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    Hello @Cakegirl and welcome to the community. :)

    There is the Sealife Centre at Balloch on the southern shore of Loch Lomond. If you have a car it will be easy to get there and there is a car park. You can also get there easily by train from Glasgow Central and there are plenty of amenities and facilities close by. 
  • VisitScotlandAngelaVisitScotlandAngela Member, Administrator, Moderator, VisitScotland Staff
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    Hi @Cakegirl! The Trossachs is a beautiful area and there are lots of great outdoor activities to do with the kids, however if the rain comes on there are still plenty of things to do! The kids (and adults) might enjoy the Hamilton Toy Collection in Callander and The Lodge Forest Visitor Centre, just outside Aberfoyle, has an interpretation centre where you can learn about the Queen Elizabeth Forest Park and watch the Ospreys on the observation camera.  Loch Katrine is also beautiful and after a scenic drive over the Duke's Pass, a sail on the Steamship Sir Walter Scott or the Lady of the Lake is spectacular, even in the rain.

    Stirling is also nearby with the both Stirling Castle and the National Wallace Monument holding events throughout the summer so it might be worthwhile having a look at these.  Loch Lomond is only around 20 miles (30 minute drive) from the Trossachs and the Loch Lomond Sealife Aquarium at Loch Lomond Shores is a fun activity on a rainy day.  Top Tip: Remember to pop into the local VisitScotland iCentrewho often sell discounted tickets for local attractions!

    If you are going to get wet, you might as well have fun doing it so why not have a go at some of the activities on offer from Go Country Leisure.  The MacDonald Forest Hills Hotel at Kinlochard also have an indoor swimming pool if you fancy a swim!


  • CakegirlCakegirl Member ✭✭
    Thank you everyone, we arrived today to lovely sunshine. Fingers crossed for more. I'll post back with what we do if/when it rains! 
  • CakegirlCakegirl Member ✭✭
    Hi, we're home now and back on a good internet connection (although it was quite nice to have no signal sometimes!). Thanks for all your suggestions. As the forecast suggested, we had a very mixed week of weather. @Samantha_Grant we did the Fairy Hill walk and really enjoyed it, lots to see to keep little people going, we also did the Lochan Spling walk and we were glad of the cover of the trees to shelter from some really heavy showers. @Samantha_Grant and @VisitScotlandAngela we went in the Sir Walter Scott and we sailed into a shower so we were glad of the inside cabin area, although we then got outside after the rain stopped. A top tip - we did the 4pm sailing and it was really quiet, only about 20 people on it so loads of space to walk around and explore. @VisitScotlandAngela the Hamilton Toy museum was brilliant, would really recommend this for a rainy day and the Lodge kept everyone entertained with activities to do, things to see and we also had a rather tasty lunch there too. We also really enjoyed the play trail at Glen Finglas, starting from the Lendrick Hill car park. We picked up a leaflet, followed the points, and had a lovely walk exploring and learning. We had a sunny day for this one, but there would be tree cover from showers. Would really recommend this walk for young children as it gives them a purpose for the walk. Thanks again all, we had a great time in a beautiful part of Scotland.
  • VisitScotlandAngelaVisitScotlandAngela Member, Administrator, Moderator, VisitScotland Staff
    I'm glad you had a lovely holiday @Cakegirl!   :)
  • johnmurrayjnrjohnmurrayjnr Member ✭✭✭
    edited July 2016
    Eat some "Lobster Mac n' Cheese" at The Boathouse (Cameron House) :love:
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