If you’re looking for child friendly activities in South East Scotland, you’ll be spoilt for choice on a Verdant Leisure holiday. We’ve listed below our top things to do with kids in South East Scotland.


 Things to do with kids in East Lothian

Whether you fancy puffin spotting, wakeboarding, searching for fairies or exploring castles, a holiday at Thurston Manor offers fun for all the family.

East Links Family Park

Located over 20 acres, East Links Family Park is an award-winning family attraction with so much to see and do. Choose from a ride on the train safari, play a round of crazy golf, pet some outdoor farm animals or race on the family go karts. Not to mention the tractors, indoor animal barn and ball blast area, this really is the perfect attraction for things to do with kids in South East Scotland.

Take a trip to East Links Family Park while on holiday in East Lothian

John Muir Alpacas

Fancy trying something completely different? How about a trek with an alpaca at John Muir Alpacas? All the alpacas are great fun and each one has its own unique personality. They offer kids sessions and mini treks for families with younger children for reasonable prices, and you can have a picnic in one of their tipi marquees afterwards!


If the sun’s shining and you fancy a family picnic, there’s plenty to choose from nearby. Belhaven Beach offers fantastic views over to Bass Rock and has handy public parking nearby. Or you could try a BBQ at Yellowcraig Beach, which can be booked for small groups, or just enjoy a leg stretch and explore of the woodland, dune grassland and coast.

Visit the Bridge to Nowhere at Belhaven Bay during your dog friendly holiday at Thurston Manor

John Muir Way

If your little ones love exploring, the John Muir Way offers a mix of trails, paths and small roads that you can cycle or walk along whilst taking in stunning views. You can also tie in a visit to John Muir’s Birthplace Museum, as this marks the finish of the route.



Things to do in Edinburgh with kids

Edinburgh is a vibrant capital city located under an hour from our parks in south east Scotland, making it easily accessible for a visit during your stay. With endless shopping and dining opportunities, there’s also plenty to do with kids.

Camera Obscura and World of Illusions

Not far from the stunning Edinburgh Castle, explore five floors of interactive exhibits, there’s over 100 to enjoy! Jam packed with illusions, magic galleries and amazing views of Edinburgh, you’re in for an amazing family experience!

Camera Obscura's room of mirrors

Edinburgh Zoo

Edinburgh Zoo is location three miles out of Edinburgh City Centre and offers over 82 acres to explore! With over 1,000 rare and endangered animals to see, and a range of activities including educational events and activities, you’ll be spoilt for choice on a family day out at Edinburgh Zoo.

Edinburgh Castle

No visit to Edinburgh would be complete without a visit to Edinburgh Castle. A historic fortress on Castle Rock, this world-famous icon of Scotland was recently voted top UK Heritage Attraction in the British Travel Awards and is Scotland’s number one paid-for tourist attraction. Take a visit and you’ll get to see the Honours (Crown Jewels) of Scotland, the One O’ Clock Gun, the Stone of Destiny and the National War Museum of Scotland.