A forest view in Mugdock Country Park.

Free things to do in east Dunbartonshire during the school holidays

The school summer holidays offer Scottish kids weeks of time off to enjoy the (hopefully) sunny days and time with friends and loved ones. However, they can be expensive too. We have put together a few ideas for free activities for children to enjoy in East Dunbartonshire this summer.

Explore Mugdock Country Park Abandoned building at Mugdock Country Park.

One of the gems of East Dunbartonshire, Mugdock Country Park, offers a variety of outdoor activities. The park features picturesque walking and cycling trails, a castle, a loch, and plenty of picnic spots. Mugdock Castle ruins is a great place to let imagination run wild. Nobody really knows how old it is, but it dates back to at least the 1300s. Explore the area and and also see the historical Craigend Castle.

Visit the Lillie Art Gallery

For kids interested in art, a visit to the Lillie Art Gallery in Milngavie is a must. Admission is always free, and the gallery showcases a diverse range of contemporary and historical art. There are also regular special exhibitions and events, making every visit something different from the last.

Discover the Antonine Wall

A section of the Antonine Wall in Bearsden.

Step back in time to a period when the Roman Empire stretched to your doorstep. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Antonine Wall offers a fascinating glimpse into Scotland’s Roman history. From the east to the west coast of Scotland, it was finished in 142AD to mark the north west frontier of the empire. There are several sections and forts to explore within East Dunbartonshire, including within a modern housing development in Bearsden.

Uncover local history at Auld Kirk Museum

Located in Kirkintilloch, the Auld Kirk Museum is housed in a historic building dating back to 1644. The museum offers exhibits on local history, art, and culture and offers a family-friendly atmosphere.

Walk the West Highland Way

A sign posting to the West Highland Way.

While the full West Highland Way stretches for 96 miles, the section from Milngavie to Drymen offers a manageable and scenic walk suitable for families. This iconic trail provides a taste of Scotland’s natural beauty and is a hotspot for catching glimpses of our local wildlife. It’s a perfect day out, especially if you take a picnic!

Enjoy the Campsie Fells

For those who love the great outdoors, the Campsie Fells offer stunning landscapes and plenty of walking opportunities. The area is perfect for hiking, bird watching, and simply enjoying the natural beauty.

Things to do in East Dunbartonshire for free

East Dunbartonshire is perfectly placed to enjoy the outdoors this summer, and even better, all of these activities are free. So pack up a picnic, grab your sun hat and set out to explore our local heritage, countryside and culture. With so many free things to do in East Dunbartonshire, your holidays will be stacked with adventure.

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