The Leadhills and Wanlockhead Railway (24 miles)
The Leadhills and Wanlockhead Railway
Visit Scotland's highest villages and enjoy a run on the narrow gauge railway which operates from Leadhills to Wanlockhead. Britain's highest adhesion railway, reaching 1498ft above sea level!
Solway Aviation Museum (33 miles)
Solway Aviation Museum
A fascinating collection of aviation items from WW2 through to the 1960. Real aircraft you can climb aboard and explore. Learn what about the daily lives of children during WW2, and use our interactive computers to see and...
Ullswater Steamers (40 miles)
Lake cruises surrounded by some of the highest mountains and home to many different birds and animals. Come and sail with us and uncover our darkest secrets. Our Round The Lake ticket gives you time to explore, fish for...
South Tynedale Railway (50 miles)
South Tynedale Railway
Preserved steam and diesel locomotives from Britain and overseas run between Alston Station (875 feet above sea level) and Kirkhaugh, following part of the old Haltwhistle to Alston branch line along the Tyne Valley in North...
Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway (50 miles)
Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway
Runs for seven-miles from the coastal village of Ravenglass through two of Lakeland's 'loveliest valleys' to Dalegarth station and visitor centre in Eskdale.
Windermere Lake Cruises (52 miles)
Windermere Lake Cruises
Magnificent views of mountain scenery, secluded bays and the many wooded islands as you sail by. A wide range of trip types available.
Mossburn Animal Centre (7 miles)
Mossburn Animal Centre
Mossburn Community Farm was originally set up in 1987 to provide help for misused, abused, unwanted and neglected horses and ponies as well as young people with physical and mental problems. This original remit was later...
Galloway Wildlife Conservation Park (23 miles)
Galloway Wildlife Conservation Park
A varied collection of nearly 150 animals from all over the world can be seen within the peaceful and natural settings where the woodland has been tailored to provide large and imaginative enclosures.
Dalscone Farm (1 miles)
A family fun farm with a variety of animals, a huge indoor play area filled with ball pools, slides and other equipment. It also has lots of outdoor play equipment, trampolines, pedal karts, crazy golf and more!
Mabie Farm Park (3 miles)
Mabie Farm Park
Farm Park with animals and pet handling, rides including Donkey Rides, Train and Paddle Boats. Also we have two indoor play barns!
Dumfries Museum and Camera Obscura (< 1 mile)
Dumfries Museum and Camera Obscura
Look out for, amongst other things: fossil footprints left by prehistoric animals, the wildlife of the Solway, tools and weapons of our earliest people, stone carvings by Scotland's first Christians and the everyday...
Dumfries and Galloway Aviation Museum (2 miles)
Dumfries and Galloway Aviation Museum
An ever expanding aircraft collection, aero engines and a very impressive display of artefacts and personal histories relating to aviation, past and present.
Shambellie House Museum of Costume (6 miles)
Shambellie House Museum of Costume
Find out about a century of style as you follow fashion from the VIctorian era to the 20th century. It's been partially designed with families in mind to help keep the kids interested.
Museum of Lead Mining (24 miles)
Museum of Lead Mining
Visit a real lead mine and learn about the processes and experience. Guided tours down a former working mine. Situated in The Lowther Hills at Wanlockhead, Scotland's Highest Village.
Sanquhar Tolbooth Museum (24 miles)
Creetown Gem Rock Museum (33 miles)
Creetown Gem Rock Museum
Regarded as one of the finest private collections of gemstones, crystals, minerals, rocks and fossils in Great Britain, this is also a fully interactive experience with lots of things to do as well as to see.
DG One (< 1 mile)
Pool hall includes a national short course Competition Pool, a 20m Training Pool with movable floor and a Leisure Water with beach, river rapid, water features and two exciting flumes.
Farmers Den (< 1 mile)
A countryside themed adventure play facility with great classic features in a bright and colourful, clean and safe environment.
Caerlaverock Castle (7 miles)
Visitors to this quintessential stronghold can enjoy a siege warfare exhibition, a children's adventure park and a nature trail.
Drumlanrig Castle (16 miles)
This ancient Douglas stronghold is surrounded by the 120,000 acre Queensberry Estate, Country Park and grand victorian gardens.
Threave Castle (17 miles)
Cross the fields from the car park to the River Dee, and ring for the boatman. . . A small boat will take you to the island to explore the 14th century ruins.
The Devils Porridge Exhibition (18 miles)
The Devils Porridge Exhibition
This amazing exhibition tells the story of the Greatest Munitions Factory on earth, when volunteers came from around the world to make explosives together, and win a war!
Gretna Greens Famous Blacksmiths Shop (22 miles)
Gretna Greens Famous Blacksmiths Shop
Visit the famous Blacksmith's Shop where couples could elope to be married on the sly, a place steeped in exciting and romantic history. Play areas, some animals and other ways to let off steam are also available.
Cardoness Castle (27 miles)
Gatehouse of Fleet
A well-preserved six storey tower house of the McCullochs dating back to the 15th century. Its battlements command excellent views over Fleet Bay.
Whithorn Cradle of Christianity (40 miles)
Whithorn Cradle of Christianity
Founded by St. Ninian in the 5th century this is the site of the first Christian church in Scotland, later becoming the cathedral church of Galloway. The ongoing archaeological excavation is partially open to visitors. In the...
Lockerbie Ice Rink (11 miles)
Lockerbie Ice Rink
You can skate for family fun and enjoyment at public skating sessions with ice discos or you can learn the skills of figure skating with their qualified coaches.
Galloway Activity Centre (19 miles)
Galloway Activity Centre
is an Outdoor Activity Centre based on the banks of Loch Ken in South West Scotland. We offer a range of outdoor activities that include, sailing, windsurfing, kayaking, wobbly water park, laser quest, climbing, archery and...
Laggan Outdoor (30 miles)
Offering zorbing, archery, clay pigeon shooting, dirt scooters, Segways, mountain boarding, grass sledding and the UK's longest Zip Wire! Spanning 820 metres, the double line zip allows 2 people to 'zip' at the...
Dumfries Treasure Trails (< 1 mile)
Dumfries Treasure Trails
is one of many Treasure Trails locations in Dumfries and Galloway. They are a fantastic way to explore towns and villages, solving a mystery whilst enjoying a walk in the fresh air.
Castledykes Park (< 1 mile)
A great children’s play area within its picturesque grounds and a range of other activities are available whatever your age, including tennis, bowling, putting and trampolining.
Grey Mares Tail Nature Reserve (19 miles)
Grey Mares Tail Nature Reserve
Don’t miss the chance to take the short walk up to the viewpoint, or for a real treat climb up the path at the side of the waterfall and behind it to its source, Loch Skeen. Keep an eye out for peregrines, ring ouzels...
Station Park (20 miles)
Boating lake with a variety of options from plain rowing boat to dragon pedalo! Other activities provided are a full 18 hole putting green, play park, and their one of a kind interactive water feature.
Red Deer Range Trail (26 miles)
Red Deer Range Trail
Follow this short trail for wonderful views of red deer in their natural environment. If it's raining you can now take shelter in their new hide which is located at the viewpoint!
Cream o Galloway (28 miles)
Cream o Galloway
Our fabulous adventure playground includes the indoor 'Smugglers Warren' with underground tunnels and climbing towers, and the Pirate Ship for Under 6s.
Outside, explore an extensive Play Area including Pedal...
Kirroughtree Visitor Centre (33 miles)
Kirroughtree Visitor Centre
Calling all explorers! 300 square miles of hills and woodlands, cycle and hiking trails, with scattered sculptures and features for the kids to discover. Also has a great woodland play area.
Odeon Dumfries (< 1 mile)
All the latest kids' flicks and more at this friendly little one screen cinema. Great for a treat in wet weather!
Dalton Pottery Art Cafe (9 miles)
Dalton Pottery Art Cafe
We have everything you need to create a special piece of pottery to take home with you, in less than an hour. Choose from a wide range of glazed pots, and get painting with our special ceramic colours, which when baked, are...
The Happy Potter Ceramic Cafe (13 miles)
The Happy Potter Ceramic Cafe
Choose your colours and tools, make yourself comfortable at one of the comfy tables and take your time creating your very own unique pieces with the kids.
The Cocoa Bean Company (23 miles)
The Cocoa Bean Company
A unique and interactive experience for children that is truly unforgettable! Under supervision kids from 2+ can forge their own chocolate creations and then enjoy the play areas.
Lochhill Equestrian Centre (22 miles)
Brighouse Bay Trekking (27 miles)
Brighouse Bay Trekking
Lessons from 7 plus, Weenie Rides from 5, starter and walking treks from 8 years, plus fast and beach hacks, and own a pony days.
Thanks for all the great things to do and Railways and Transport Attractions near Scar Water with kids you keep sending in.
Now we have the easter and summer holidays fast approaching, we're trying to find the best days out and as many fun things to do with kids as possible, especially cheap and free family friendly places to visit this year - theme parks, waterparks and swimming pools, museums, indoor playcentres and softplay for toddlers, petting farms, wildlife parks and zoos, aquariums, horse riding, castles, steam railways, pottery making and ceramic cafes, roller and ice skating rinks, karting tracks, snowdomes, dry and indoor ski slopes, climbing walls, activity centres, outdoor play at the best local parks, ten pin bowling alleys and all the other best family tourist attractions, that you can visit at the weekend.
Also teachers may find the site useful for ideas for the best places to take their classes on school journeys with many historical and educational atractions listed
So, if you've been for great days out with the kids, or a school trip, which isn't shown above, just send in an email and we'll add it on so people visiting on holidays and all the other children in Dumfries and Galloway can enjoy the great day out as well.
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