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Places to visit in Scotland

Scotland really does deliver on the classic images of ruined hilltop castles and rugged glens purple with heather in the summertime. When you think of holidays in Scotland, you think of castles, windswept hills, beautiful architecture, stunning glens and wild coastlines – and the simple truth is that it really does deliver such romantic images. This is a dramatic country, not just in scenery but in its culture, history and heritage. It may not be big, but Scotland has many treasures crammed within its borders.

Lots to see and do

Our top picks

There are lots of fabulous places to visit, using Haven holiday parks as your base. From beautiful beaches and landscapes to places of interest like historical sites and nature trails, or attractions like theme parks and wildlife parks - there are choices to suit the whole family. Check out our top picks.
Ayr Racecourse

Attractions

Ayr Racecourse

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Spectacular racing and the finest sporting hospitality at Scotland's only Grade 1 track. Ayr Racecourse is a Visit Scotland 5-star visitor attraction, and 2016 Sporting Venue of the Year.

Address:

Ayr Racecourse, 2-6 Whitletts, Ayrshire, Dumbartonshire, KA8 0JE

Open dates: All year round
Distance from park:
6 miles from Craig Tara
Doonfoot

Beaches

Doonfoot

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Doonfoot is a long sandy beach that is a great spot for long walks.

Address:

Doonfoot Beach, Ayr, Ayrshire, KA7 4HX

Open dates: All year round
Restrictions: Dog restrictions may apply
Distance from park:
2 miles from Craig Tara
Three meercats

Attractions

Heads of Ayr Farm

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There is always something to do at the Heads of Ayr Farm Park! Wear the family out on rides, or meet the animals that live here: from smaller animals such as rabbits, guinea pigs, and birds, to larger residents including Ralph the Camel, Troy the Tapir, and llamas, plus monkeys, lemurs and meerkats.

Address:

Heads of Ayr Farm Park, Dunure Rd, Alloway by Ayr, Ayr, KA7 4LD

Open dates: 18 March - 31  October
Distance from park:
Less than a mile from Craig Tara
A scenic view of the Isle of Arran

Places of interest

Isle of Arran

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The Isle of Arran is one of the most southerly Scottish islands, and sits in the Firth of Clyde between Ayrshire and Kintyre. Arran is 19 miles long by 10 miles wide, and has a remarkable diversity of landscapes and seascapes.

Address:

Isle of Arran, Boats from Ardrossan KA22 8DH

Open dates: All year round
Distance from park:
30 miles from Craig Tara
Robert Burns Birthplace Museum

Places of interest

Robert Burns Birthplace Museum

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The birthplace of Robert Burns in Alloway, Ayrshire, is at the heart of this open-air museum focusing on the poet's life, and the countryside which inspired him.

Address:

Robert Burns Birthplace Museum, Murdoch's Lone, Alloway, Ayr, Ayrshire, KA7 4PQ

Open dates: All year round
Distance from park:
3 miles from Craig Tara
Sand, sky and sea, a view of South Beach, Ayr

Beaches

South Beach, Ayr

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Explore the town of Ayr, and take in the fresh sea air from the long stretches of sandy beach in this pleasant, seaside spot. If you’re feeling active, take part in some of the fishing or boating activities on offer.

Address:

South Beach, Ayr, Ayrshire, KA7 1DU

Open dates: All year round
Distance from park:
14 miles from Craig Tara
Butterfly and Insect World

Attractions

Butterfly and Insect World

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Enjoy a day with the creepy crawlies and take part in fish feeding and animal handling with the tarantulas, snakes and millipedes.

Address:

Edinburgh Butterfly & Insect World, at Dobbies Garden World, Melville Nursery, Midlothian, EH18 1AZ

Open dates: All year round
Distance from park:
10 miles from Seton Sands
Panoramic view of Edinburgh

Places of interest

Edinburgh

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With a thriving cultural scene and streets full of history, you can spend your days exploring the beautiful city of Edinburgh. The UNESCO World Heritage Site at the heart of the city combines the medieval Old Town, the Georgian New Town and award-winning modern architecture. Make the most of the thriving culture, the magnificent castle, the Royal Mile and top cuisine.

Address:

Visit Scotland (Edinburgh & Lothians), Ocean Point One, 94 Ocean Drive, Edinburgh, Midlothian, EH6 6JH

Open dates: All year round
Distance from park:
14 miles from Seton Sands
A view of Edinburgh Castle from afar

Places of interest

Edinburgh Castle

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Edinburgh Castle is one of the most exciting historic sites in Western Europe. Set in the heart of Scotland's dynamic capital city, it is sure to capture your imagination and the scenery will take your breath away.

Address:

Edinburgh Castle, Castle Hill, Edinburgh, Midlothian, EH1 2NG

Open dates: All year round
Distance from park:
14 miles from Seton Sands
Panda eating bamboo

Attractions

Edinburgh Zoo

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A great day out for all the family. A visit to the Giant Panda exhibit is a must for your only chance to see pandas in the UK.

Address:

Edinburgh Zoo, 134 Corstorphine Road, Edinburgh, Midlothian, EH12 6TS

Open dates: All year round
Distance from park:
18 miles from Seton Sands
Panoramic view of Edinburgh

Attractions

Museum of Childhood

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The Museum of Childhood is a fun day out for the whole family. Young people can learn about the children of the past and see a fantastic range of toys and games, while adults enjoy a trip down memory lane. Hands-on activities, including a puppet theatre and dressing up area, help to make your visit a memorable one.

Address:

Museum of Childhood, 42 High Street, Royal Mile, Edinburgh, EH1 1TG

Open dates: All year round
Distance from park:
14 miles from Seton Sands
The Edinburgh Dungeon

Attractions

The Edinburgh Dungeon

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Delve into Scotland’s most horrible history at the Edinburgh Dungeon - experience live actors, thrilling rides and exciting special effects. Are you brave enough to face 80-minutes of Scotland’s dark past? A child's age range is 15 years and younger and must be accompanied by an adult.

Address:

31 Market Street, Edinburgh, Midlothian, EH1 1QB

Open dates: All year round
Distance from park:
14 miles from Seton Sands
Picturesque Culzean Castle

Attractions

Culzean Castle

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Culzean Castle is perched on the Ayrshire cliffs with a park planted full of conifers and beech. Sculpted around miles of sandy coastline dotted with caves, finished off with a Swan Pond, an ice house, flamboyant formal gardens and fruit-filled glasshouses.

Address:

Culzean Castle, Maybole, South Ayrshire, Ayrshire, KA19 8LE

Open dates: All year round
Distance from park:
10 miles from Craig Tara
Aerial view of The Fortress

Attractions

East Links Family Park

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East Links is a farm themed activity park that brings out the child in all ages. It's the ideal family and children’s day out where the adults have as much fun as the kids.

Address:

East Links Family Park, Dunbar, East Lothian, EH42 1XF

Open dates: All year round
Distance from park:
19 miles from Seton Sands
Red cantilever bridge, Forth Bridge

Places of interest

Forth Bridge

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Iconic, historic and dynamic, Scotland’s Forth Bridges are a wonder of the modern world. Towering side by side over the Firth of Forth, these structures represent the pinnacle of engineering from three centuries.

Address:

Forth Bridge South Queensferry, West Lothian, EH30 9SF

Open dates: All year round
Distance from park:
30 miles from Seton Sands
Children in the National Museum of Flight

Attractions

National Museum of Flight

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Head off on a journey of discovery at this former airfield and explore the history of aviation from the First World War to the present day. See amazing aircrafts in our two transformed hangars and fill your day with interactive exhibitions, supersonic experiences and acres of green grass and fresh air.

Address:

National Museum of Flight, East Fortune Airfield, East Lothian, EH39 5LF

Open dates: All year round
Distance from park:
11 miles from Seton Sands
2 Seabird cruise boats at Bass Rock

Attractions

Scottish Seabird Centre

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Enjoy a great day out at the seaside with the five star Scottish Seabird Centre. Get back to nature at this award-winning, all-weather attraction with Discovery Centre, gift shop, cafe and boat trips.

Address:

Scottish Seabird Centre, The Harbour, North Berwick, Ayrshire, EH39 4SS

Open dates: All year round
Distance from park:
13 miles from Seton Sands
Sunset at Seacliff Beach

Beaches

Seacliff Beach

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Not far from North Berwick lies the hidden gem of Seacliff Beach, an unspoilt private beach, which is ideal if you want to avoid the crowds. Discover the tiny sandstone harbour thought to be the smallest in the UK, and enjoy the splendid views of Bass Rock and the ruins of Tantallon Castle.

Address:

Seacliff Beach, North Berwick, EH39 5PP

Open dates: All year round
Distance from park:
16 miles from Craig Tara
Father and son at Craig Tara Beach

Beaches

Craig Tara Beach

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A sandy beach overlooked by Craig Tara Holiday Park. The rock pool and shingle beach has direct access from the Park. Get your fishing nets at the ready for this beach with its many rock pools.

Address:

Craig Tara Beach, Ayr, Ayrshire, KA7 4LB

Open dates: All year round
Restrictions Dog restrictions may apply
Distance from park:
Less than a mile from Craig Tara
Exterior view of Brodick Castle

Attractions

Brodick Castle, Garden and Country Park

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Brodick Castle, Garden & Country Park on the Isle of Arran is the perfect place for a family day out. Dramatically set against the backdrop of Goat fell mountain; the grand red sandstone Scottish baronial-style castle has stunning views over Brodick Bay to the Firth of Clyde. 

Address:

Brodick Castle, Garden and Country Park, Brodick, Isle Of Arran, Ayrshire, KA27 8HY

Open dates: 18 March - 31  October
Distance from park:
45 miles from Craig Tara
Dirleton Castle © Thomas Münter (flickr)

Places of interest

Dirleton Castle

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For 400 years, Dirleton Castle stood as a magnificent fortress-residence for three successive noble families. It was badly damaged during Cromwell’s siege of 1650, but its fortunes revived in the 1660s when the Nisbet family built a new mansion close to the picturesque ruins.

Address:

Dirleton Castle, Edinburgh and the Lothians, East Lothian, EH39 5ER

Open dates: All year round
Distance from park:
10 miles from Seton Sands