After the recent snow flurry at the beginning of the month, my thoughts have turned to the Easter holidays again and what to do with the children during their two weeks off.  So here’s another round up:

Culzean Castle and Country Park is about an hour’s drive up the coast road from Corsewall Estate Holiday Cottages.  It’s a pretty route with spectacular views over Arran, Ailsa Craig, the Mull of Kintyre and Ireland even.

Holiday cottages in Dumfries and Galloway available during Easter holidays

Easter Eggstravaganza at Culzean

Culzean Castle, pronounced Culain – which catches out even the most seasoned BBC reporters – is a Robert Adam fairytale castle dramatically perched on cliffs overlooking the Firth of Clyde and combined with its extensive country park, it’s a wonderful family day out.

Running from 3-6 April at the National Trust for Scotland property there are Easter egg trails through the grounds, where you collect clues in order to solve the puzzle and win a chocolate egg.  There are fifty trails you can follow – so that’s a lot of chocolate to be had for the successful egg hunter!

The Galloway Forest Park is one of Scotland’s finest natural gems.  During the year, the rangers offer a number of events to get closer to the UK’s largest land mammal, the red deer.  Meet the Deer runs on Wednesdays and Thursdays at 10am from April to June at the Galloway Red Deer Range beside the Queen’s Way (A712) between Newton Stewart and New Galloway.  Join the Galloway Forest Park rangers’ guided tour to learn about this most majestic of animals and see them in the wild from the viewing area and hide.

Holiday house in Dumfries and Galloway for Easter holidays

Meet the Deer in Galloway Forest Park. Photography courtesy of the Forestry Commission

Also in the Forest Park, Kirroughtree Visitors Centre is hosting its annual Easter event from 1-2pm on Sunday, 5th April – see if you can spot the Easter bunny hopping around the forest – let’s hope for the mice’s sake that it isn’t Little Bunny Foo Foo.  With an orienteering trail, walking tracks suitable for tiddlers and buggies and one of the 7 Stanes mountain biking centres, there’s lots to do at Kirroughtree for all the family.  There’s also an impressive new visitor centre with a cafe and great children’s play park.

Holiday house in Dumfries and Galloway available for Easter holidays

Meet the Deer in the Galloway Forest Park. Photograph courtesy of the Forestry Commission