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Visitors participating in the Bannockburn Battle Room game

Looking for adventure, despite the weather? Here are some exciting ideas for rainy days near you. From stately homes and cliff-top castles to interactive museums and immersive battle experiences, there's something to suit everyone.

The Battle of Bannockburn, Stirling

Prepare for battle at our multi-award-winning visitor centre! The Battle of Bannockburn experience puts you at the heart of the action with cutting-edge 3D technology. 700 years after the landmark conflict, stand shoulder-to-shoulder and interact with medieval warriors, pages, archers and knights on either side as they reveal how they became involved in the battle.

Visit our Battle Room, where you’ll witness Bruce’s decisive victory against all odds. Guided by our expert Battle Master, you can try out your own battle tactics and skills on the virtual battlefield, leading your own division of medieval solders in a dramatic battle simulation to determine the outcome of the Battle of Bannockburn.

Robert Burns Birthplace Museum, Ayrshire

Robert Burns Birthplace Museum offers a truly unique encounter with Scotland’s favourite son. Explore the famous sites in Alloway where Burns was inspired to write some of his best works, including the cottage where he was born. In the museum, see the world’s most important collection of Burns artefacts and works. There are also interactive games and quizzes for all ages to learn and get involved.

Robert Burns Birthplace Museum

Did you know?

Legendary boxer, Muhammad Ali visited the historic Burns Cottage in 1965. A photograph of this extraordinary event hangs in the museum. See if you can spot it on your next visit.

Robert Smail's Printing Works, Scottish Borders

Get your hands inky at Robert Smail's Printing Works, the oldest working commercial letterpress printers in the UK. A living museum of Victorian history, its premises have remained more or less unchanged for over a century. See how newspapers, tickets, posters and letterheads were printed before the digital age. Test your skills at typesetting, learn the traditional art of letterpress printing and see authentic Victorian machinery in action.

Haddo House, Aberdeenshire

Stately and striking, Haddo House combines elegant Georgian style with luxurious Victorian interiors. Step inside and listen to stories of the Gordon family while admiring the exquisite furniture and art collection, including 85 paintings of Aberdeenshire castles by acclaimed Victorian artist James Giles. Children will enjoy the quiz sheet, which helps them to identify and learn about various treasures throughout the house.

Culzean Castle, Ayrshire

Designed by Robert Adam in the late 18th century, Culzean Castle is filled to the turrets with treasures that tell the stories of the people who lived here. Marvel at the interior, from the imposing entrance hall, which boasts one of the largest collections of British military flintlock pistols in the world, to the elegant rooms, sweeping Oval Staircase and bustling kitchen, all filled with the artefacts of Culzean’s history.

Children will love the Lego character hunt! Figures are hidden in each room throughout the castle, and children are given a tick sheet to mark off the ones they find.

The Armoury at Culzean Castle

Culloden, Inverness

Visit the powerfully moving site of the final Jacobite Rising - Culloden - the last and most harrowing pitched battle to be fought on British soil. Explore the modern, family-friendly and interactive visitor centre with fascinating artefacts from both sides of the confrontation. Highlights of the collection include the Brodie Sword, a magnificent display piece that contains wonderful imagery of Medusa and dolphins on its hilt, and a rare blunderbuss that was taken from the battlefield at Culloden by a Government soldier.

The museum uses technology to help re-imagine the battle. Our 360-degree battle immersion theatre puts you into the heart of the action, and the bird’s-eye view battle table details the tactics and movements of the day.

Did you know?

At Culloden, we have resources to allow you to find out which clan you may have been part of, and where and if they fought during the Battle of Culloden. Our Families of the ’45 book is a unique collection of names from the Jacobite Rising and often holds surprises for visitors.

The Hill House, Helensburgh

The Hill House is considered to be Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s domestic masterpiece. The architect and his wife Margaret created almost everything you see here, from the building itself to the beautiful and iconic furniture and textiles.

2019 marks the beginning of our 10-year conservation programme, which allows continued public access to the house, but also offer views of the Hill House that have never been seen before. Walk around the protective steel frame 'Box', featuring walkways around and over the top of the house, and see it in action as it protects the house from the harsh, wet Scottish weather.

Discover the brand-new shop, filled with a range of bespoke design-led products inspired by the Hill House and the Box, and relax in our new café with a delicious selection of locally sourced, Scottish produce.

The Georgian House, Edinburgh

Discover The Georgian House in Edinburgh - a grand 18th-century town house that was at the heart of the city's New Town development. Admire the stunning collections of period furniture, paintings, porcelain, silver and glass, and gain a fascinating insight into both the upstairs and downstairs elements of 18th-century society. For younger visitors there are a variety of fun activities, including replica Georgian costumes for dressing up.

Did you know?

The Georgian House, situated in Edinburgh's city centre, cost its first owner a modest £1,800 back in 1796.

Brodick Castle, Isle of Arran

Teeming with history and surrounded by mountains, Brodick Castle is every inch the quintessential island castle. Explore the building during our new self-guided visitor experience, which focuses on the fascinating stories of the people who lived here.

There are several interactive activities, including our Victorian arcade where you can race a horse on our roll-a-derby or play other traditional Victorian games. These activities, combined with special lighting, audio and costumed interpreters, help bring the castle to life.

Staff at Brodick Castle playing games in the new Victorian Arcade

Pollok House, Glasgow

Explore one of the Trust’s grandest properties, with luxurious rooms, an extraordinary art collection and vast servants’ quarters. Close to Glasgow city centre, Pollok House was home to the Maxwell family and gives a real taste of upstairs/downstairs life in the 1930s. Discover the sumptuous array of artefacts and sample the delicious delights in the Edwardian Kitchen café.

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